“Our America” presents an embodiment of evolving talented individuals seeking their own personal national culture, which confronts their identity of what it actually means to be an “American” or a “Latino.”
All of the Artists featured in the exhibit reflect the lush variety found in the Latino communities from all over the U.S.A. “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” will be on view from Oct. 25 through March 2, 2014.
“The exhibition ‘Our America’ is the culmination of a major collecting initiative, still underway at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, to build a significant collection of Latino art in the nation’s capital,” said Elizabeth Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
“It is particularly exciting to debut so many artworks newly acquired for the museum’s permanent collection, said Broun.”
Since 2011, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is representing its profound commitment to display and collect Latino art, acquired 63 of the 92 pieces of artworks featured in this exhibition.
The “Hispanic Heritage” exhibit contains creations by several different artists who covered numerous artistic styles and movements, which contain abstract expressionism; activist, conceptual, performance art; therefore, the classic American genres, are portraiture, still life, and pastoral scenes.
E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, organized this exhibition at SAAM. “The relationship between Latino art and the larger world of American art in the post-War period is not simple or clear cut,” said Ramos.
“Some artists, influenced by the activism of Latino civil rights movements, turned away from pure formalist discourse to tackle the pressing issues of the day. Others artists wholeheartedly embraced abstraction. An even larger group inhabited multiple worlds, infusing avant-garde modes with politically and culturally engaged themes.”
“Our America” showcases artists of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican descent, as well as other Latin American groups with deep roots in the United States. By presenting works by artists of different generations and regions, the exhibition reveals recurring themes among artists working across the country.