Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
February 6-May 17, 2015
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-twentieth century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's pioneering collection of Latino art. It explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture.
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by Altria Group, the Honorable Aida M. Alvarez; Judah Best, The James F. Dicke Family Endowment, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Tania and Tom Evans, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, The Michael A. and the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello Endowment, Henry R. Muñoz III, Wells Fargo and Zions Bank. Additional significant support was provided by The Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Support for Treasures to Go, the museum's traveling exhibition program, comes from The C.F. Foundation, Atlanta.
S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation | Ray, Quinney & Nebeker Foundation
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December 19, 2014-July 26, 2015
The presence of text in art has greatly increased in the modern era, but the relationship of language and visual art have a much longer history. [con]text examines this history as represented in the UMFA's permanent collection. From an ancient Egyptian wall relief to medieval illuminated manuscripts to the contemporary practices of John Cage, Bruce Nauman, and Willie Cole, this exhibition looks at the way visual artists have harnessed the power of language to document, to inspire, to inform, and to persuade. [con]text also explores how language itself constantly evolves, leading to both the loss and creation of meaning.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the UMFA is hosting a writing contest for U of U undergraduate students. Winners will receive cash prizes, and their work will be made available in the galleries and presented at UMFA's Open Mic on Thursday, April 2.
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They arrived yesterday, dusty and weary from the journey, but in good spirits
NOW ON VIEW
American sculptor Tony Feher has been changing the way we see the world for the past three decades. With a hyper-awareness of the formal qualities of everyday objects-bottles, tape, plastic bags-Feher turns unconsidered, often-discarded materials into poetic sculptures and elegant installations. For this exhibition, the UMFA has invited Feher to help us re-imagine the architecture of our Great Hall with a brand new site-specific installation.
The exhibition is sponsored by Nancy and David Gill, the University of Utah Department of Art and Art History, XMission, and an anonymous donor.
IMAGE CREDITS | OUR AMERICA: THE LATINO PRESENCE IN AMERICAN ART | LEFT: Joseph Rodríguez, Carlos, from the series Spanish Harlem, 1987, chromogenic print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the artist.© 1987, Joseph Rodríguez. CENTER: Scherezade García, The Dominican York, from the series Island of Many Gods, 2006, acrylic, charcoal, ink and sequins on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by the R.P. Whitty Company and the Cooperating Committee on Architecture. © 2006, Scherezade García. RIGHT: Miguel Luciano, Pure Plantainum, 2006, green plantain plated in platinum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment. © 2006, Miguel Luciano. | THEY ARRIVED YESTERDAY, DUSTY AND WEARY FROM THE JOURNEY, BUT IN GOOD SPIRITS, Tony Feher. Installation photos by Amelia Walchli. [CON]TEXT | LEFT: Unknown artist, Saint Irene, Greek, 19th century, oil on panel, gold leaf. Gift of Mrs. Richard A. Hudnut. CENTER: Unknown (Indian), Untitled (Pair of Feet). Gouache on paper. Purchased with funds from Friends of the Art Museum. LEFT: Unknown artist (France), Parchment Leaf from the Office of the Dead, Matins, Second Nocturn, 1460-1470. Calligraphy, illuminated, gold leaf, tempera, vellum. Purchased with funds from Friends of the Art Museum.
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