Exhibition: Our America

  • Our America: The Legacy of a King

    The civil rights era is resonant in many works featured in Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, which remains on view until March 2, 2014. Several artists in the exhibition came of age during the 1960s and 1970s when the movement thrived and had ripple effects in communities across the United States. Not only did activists and organizers like César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and Antonia Pantoja build on Dr. King's legacy and demand Latino equal rights in the arenas of labor and education, some Latino artists created works and organizations that challenged traditional racial hierarchies that undergirded American society.
    Jeff on January 24, 2014
  • A Closer Look at Our America: Jorge Soto Sánchez

    Michelle Sullivan is a second-year graduate fellow in Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and spent this summer at the Lunder Conservation Center. She recently treated this untitled work by Jorge Soto Sánchez for the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, which will open on October 25, 2013.
    Chris on October 29, 2013
  • Open Today: Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

    In a video podcast, curator E. Carmen Ramos explains that the mid-twentieth century was an important period in Latino art. At this time, Latino artists were attending art schools in this country and were beginning to contest their marginalized position within American society.
    Georgina on October 25, 2013
  • Our America: Preparing Pepón Osorio's El Chandelier for Exhibition

    Dawn Planas, a graduate conservation student at Buffalo State College, and an intern in the Lunder Conservation Center's objects lab, recently assisted with a treatment of Pepón Osorio's El Chandelier. The sculpture will be featured in the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, which opens on October 25. Planas gives us some insight into how she prepared the chandelier for the show.
    Jeff on September 24, 2013
  • Preparing for Our America, Close to Home: Muriel Hasbun and Washington D.C.'s Salvadoran Community

    Artist and educator Muriel Hasbun is a member of the largest Latino community in the greater D.C. region. Hasbun grew up in El Salvador and settled here as a student in the 1980s. She is now department chair and associate professor of photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Hasbun's personal history and artistic development speaks to a larger Salvadoran experience of migration and endurance in the midst of adversity.
    Jeff on September 12, 2013
  • Preparing for Our America: Portraying Community in a Contested Field

    Curator E. Carmen Ramos and curatorial assistant Florencia Bazzano-Nelson discuss Sophie Rivera's untitled photographic portraits that will be included in our upcoming exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, opening October 25, 2013.
    Georgina on December 13, 2012
  • Preparing for Our America: Raphael Montañez-Ortiz Deconstructs the Western

    Summertime at the Smithsonian American Art Museum usually means a crop of college and graduate students to assist our scholars with research and exhibition projects. This summer, Orquidea Morales, a graduate student in American Culture Studies at the University of Michigan, was paired with E. Carmen Ramos, the museum's curator for Latino art. Below are some of Orquidea Morales’ thoughts about Raphael Montañez-Ortiz’s 1958 recycled film Cowboy and “Indian” Film, which will be the earliest work included in our upcoming exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.
    Georgina on August 14, 2012
  • Preparing for Our America: Music and Abstraction, Works by Freddy Rodríguez

    The exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art will open next fall on October 25, 2013. This may seem like a long time away, but E. Carmen Ramos, the museum's curator for Latino art, is already hard at work preparing for this exhibition, visiting artists and acquiring new artworks for the American Art Museum's collection.
    Georgina on July 3, 2012
  • Latino Art 101 with Curator E. Carmen Ramos

    E. Carmen Ramos became the Smithsonian American Art Museum's curator of Latino art last fall. Now that she's had a chance to get settled, we caught up with her to ask about her interests and the rich holdings of Latino art in the museum's permanent collection.