Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art—New Acquisitions


The exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art opened on October 25, 2013—just in time for my birthday!—and continues through March 2, 2014. [ [See previous posts Art Exhibition: “Our America—The Latino Presence in American Art” and Exhibition Close-Up: Our America at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.]

Description: This exhibition presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-twentieth century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s pioneering collection of Latino art. Of the 92 modern and contemporary artworks featured in the exhibition, 63 were acquired by the museum between 2011–2013, representing its deep and continuing commitment to collecting Latino art. Artworks were selected by E. Carmen Ramos, the museum’s curator of Latino art.

Here are just a few of the selected new acquisitions (2011-2013) that are featured in the exhibition; many of the artists are from/refer to the Caribbean:

ADÁL, West Side Story Upside Down, Backwards, Sideways and Out of Focus (La Maleta de Futriaco Martínez)

Manuel Acevedo, Hartford Re-visions Project I, II, and III

Elia Alba, Larry Levan (snake)

Olga Albizu, Radiante

Luis Cruz Azaceta, No Parking Here Anytime


Myrna Báez, Platanal

María Magdalena Campos-Pons Constellation

Marcos Dimas, Pariah

Teresita Fernández, Nocturnal (Horizon Line)

iliana emilia garcía, Unknown Distances, from the series Unknown Distances/Undiscovered Islands


Scherezade García, The Dominican York, from the series Island of Many Gods

Carmen Herrera, Blanco y Verde

Carlos Irizarry, Moratorium

Miguel Luciano, Pure Plantainum

Antonio Martorell, La Playa Negra I (Tar Beach I)

Rahael Montañez Ortiz, Cowboy and “Indian” Film

Sophie Rivera, Untitled

Arturo Rodríguez, Sin Titulo

Freddy Rodríguez, Danza de Carnaval

Emilio Sánchez, Untitled, Bronx Storefront, “La Rumba Supermarket”

Juan Sánchez, Para Carmen María Colón, from the portfolio Guariquen: images & words Rican/structed

Jorge Soto Sánchez, Untitled


Rafael Soriano, Un Lugar Distante (A Distant Place)

[Shown above: Adál’s “La maleta,” Scherezade García’s “The Dominican York,” Myrna Báez’s “Platanal,” and Rafael Soriano’s “Un lugar distante (A Distant Place)”]

[Many thanks to Adál for bringing this item to our attention.]

For full list of selections, see http://americanart.si.edu/collections/acquisitions/latino/

For more information on the exhibition, see http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2013/our_america/

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