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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 – JANUARY 11, 2015Jimenez

Drawn from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition explores the idea that we are "a nation of immigrants" by considering the varied contributions of Latino artists to American art and culture from the mid-20th century to the present. Featuring nearly 100 works across all media by some of the leading contemporary artists working in the United States, the exhibition will examine how their works express an evolving and particular American experience. Latino artists across the United States were galvanized by the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. They created new images of their communities and celebrated hybrid cultural traditions. Approaching their practice with humor, irony, and valor, Latino artists critically probed American history and popular culture, revealing the possibilities and tensions of expansionism, migration, and settlement.

Image credit: Luis Jiménez (American, 1940–2006), Man on Fire, 1969. Fiberglass in acrylic urethane resin on painted wood fiberboard base, 106 1/4 x 80 1/4 x 29 1/2 inches. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated, 1979.124.

Tags: exhibit, Smithsonian, Latino, Civil Rights Movement

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