Activist Collectors: Building the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Chicanx Graphics Collection

  • ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now features 119 works drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s (SAAM) leading collection of Latinx art. The museum’s Chicanx graphics holdings grew significantly in 1995 with an important gift from the renowned scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto. Since then, thanks to other major donations and an ambitious acquisition program, under the direction of E. Carmen Ramos, acting chief curator and curator of Latinx art, SAAM has built one of the largest museum collections of Chicanx graphics on the East Coast. Learn more about this significant collection in this discussion with collectors Gil Cárdenas, Ricardo and Harriett Romo, Rosa Terrazas (niece of collector Margaret Terrazas Santos), and Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, moderated by E. Carmen Ramos.