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Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Lives in Limbo

*From the article:  “How activism, art and architecture are bringing the shadowy immigrant detention system into clearer view.” VL By Michael Agresta, New America Media (16 minute read)  They hide in the liminal spaces of our cities, near airports or far out in exurban fields. Like many of the undocumented immigrants they warehouse, they strive to

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Truthful Reflections: Repainting an American Story

*Why did a chicano artist from San Antonio take on the KKK? We’re glad he did. VL By Eduardo Diaz, Director, Smithsonian Latino Center (4 minute read)  It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people,...

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

This Is the Largest Exhibit on Mexican Art in 60 Years

*Beautiful! If you happen to be in Paris between now and January. . .  VL By Yara Simón, Remezcla (2 minute read) Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are undoubtedly two of the 20th century’s most important artists in...

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

President Obama will award National Medals of Arts to 3 Latinos

*This is great news! Sandra Cisneros, Santiago Jimenez Jr., and Luis Valdez will be honored by President Obama. VL By National Endowment for the Arts Washington, DC — President Barack Obama will present the 2015 National Medals...

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

On eve of Hispanic Heritage Month, California congressman proposes American Latino Museum for third time

*This has been in the works for years and there have been several obstacles. I’m happy to see it finally reaching congress. The idea is to house the American Latino Museum in the Smithsonian Arts and Industries...

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

National Portrait Gallery Announces First Commission of an American Latino

*This is great news, but, why did it take so long? VL By NY Arts (1 minute read)  The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has recently added new portraits of prominent Latino figures and artists to its permanent...

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

San Antonio painter Vincent Valdez unveils work on persistence of white supremacy

*This is well worth the reading time investment. The New York Times call the work “a selfie for 21st-century America. VL By Michael Agresta, The Texas Observer (16 minute read) A casual art viewer, wandering into the David...

Monday, September 16th, 2013

‘La Santa Muerte’ art exhibit opens in Arizona

By Associated Press TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – The skeleton folk saint known as La Santa Muerte is the focus of a new Arizona exhibit that features the work of artists who are attempting to offer new interpretations...

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum Science Tuesday: Consciousness Through Art

By Melissa Carrillo and Marissa Morales, SLC Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum Art isn’t something I usually tie together with science experiments, but one such assignment does. Performance artists Marina Abramovic has created an art installation and science...

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Classical guitarist brings real instruments to Paraguay’s “landfill” children’s orchestra, changes lives

By Kristina Puga, NBCLatino Multi-award winning Berta Rojas is not only one of the top classical guitarists in the world, she is the only woman in the male-dominated field. Her new album “Salsa Roja” was released globally this week, paying...

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Hispanic Artist Transforms Gang Graffitis into Works of Art

By EFE/Latin American Herald Tribune CHICAGO – A street artist is dedicated to repainting the graffiti daubed by street-gang members around his Chicago neighborhood, transforming the vandalized walls into naturalistic landscapes, comic-strip characters and historical figures of...

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

“Ruda Phat”: Uncovering ‘lonja’ and body image

By Elda Silva, San Antonio Express News Lonja (lóne-hah). The word slips off the tongue, propelled by breathy vowels. In Spanish, it’s commonly used to denote rolls of fat or love handles, but neither translation entirely does it...

Monday, August 19th, 2013

LATINA STANDOUT: Meet Mexican-American Piano Prodigy Daniela Liebman

By Hispanically Speaking News You might not know who Daniela Liebman is but to truly appreciate her you must hear her.  Liebman is a Mexican-American piano prodigy who at the tender age of 11 is getting ready for her...

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Latino Comics Expo: Javier Hernandez’s ‘El Muerto’ and beyond

By Tony Castro, Voxxi Ever heard of Weapon Tex-Mex, El Muerto, ManSwamp or Dead Dinosaurio? They are the creations of Javier Hernandez, a Los Angeles comic book artist, one of several dozen who will be at the Latino Comics Expo...

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