"Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art" presents the rich and varied contributions of U.S. Hispanic artists since the mid-20th century, when the concept of a collective Hispanic identity began to emerge.
Drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection of Hispanic art, the exhibit explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and reset key themes in American culture, presenting a picture of an evolving national culture that challenges expectations of what is meant by "American" and "Latino," according to a news release.
The exhibition presents 92 artworks in all media, 63 of which have been acquired by the museum since 2011, and will be on view from Oct. 25 through March 2, 2014. The show was put together by E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino art.
"After three years of talking with artists across the U.S. with an eye toward building a significant collection of Latino art at the museum, it will be a thrill to see so many newly acquired artworks displayed together," Ramos said in a statement.
"Our America" showcases artists of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican and other Latin-American heritage. By presenting works by artists of different ages and national origins, the exhibit reveals recurring themes among artists across the country.
The exhibit will tour six cities after Washington, D.C.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free.
Smithsonian American Art Museum contributed.
Original headline: Major Exhibition To Explore Modern and Contemporary Latino Art Opens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Oct. 25
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