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Breakfast Tacos, from the series Seven Days

2003, printed 2012 Chuck Ramirez Born: San Antonio, Texas 1962 Died: San Antonio, Texas 2010 inkjet print sheet and image: 48 x 60 in. (121.9 x 152.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 2003, Estate of Charles Ramirez 2013.14 Not currently on view


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Wilting flowers, glistening aluminum foil holding half-eaten breakfast tacos, cups of coffee, and two local and national beer standards – Lone Star (the “national” beer of Texas) and Miller Lite – all populate Ramirez’s contemporary still life. Ramirez magnified the stuff of everyday life to reveal the history often embedded in popular icons. The Lone Star flag transitioned from national flag (of the Republic of Texas) to beloved state symbol. Miller Beer’s German roots are now little known, yet Mexican-derived foods like tacos are marketed as coming from across the border, despite being staples of the American diet.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Keywords

Still life - foodstuff - taco

Still life - furniture - table

photography - photoprint

inkjet printing