There are just a few weeks left to see the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition features work by 72 leading modern and contemporary artists, several of whom can be heard in our audio podcast series along with scholars from across the Smithsonian. For this series, we asked artists to talk about what inspired their art, and Smithsonian staff to discuss their favorite piece in the exhibition or to tell a story about an artist or an artwork. It was fun to meet many of the artists when they were in town for the exhibition opening in October and to hear their insights about the works on view. Some of them had chance to prepare in advance, while others we pulled in at the last minute! But I think each of the episodes provides an interesting and personal perspective. We have been publishing these podcasts weekly since the exhibition opened, and nearly all of them are now online. Speakers include the museum's curator of Latino art E. Carmen Ramos, director of the Smithsonian Latino Center Eduardo Diaz, and artists Teresita Fernandez, Freddy Rodriguez, and Elia Alba. Do you have a favorite work in the exhibition? If we were doing a podcast of your impressions, what would you say about it? Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art is on view until March 2, 2014, and then begins a multi-city tour of the United States.
Artists Antonio Martorell and ADÁL record their podcasts
January 14, 2014