Vaquero, a larger-than-life sculpture by Luis Jiménez, which stands just outside an entrance to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is impossible to miss. It depicts a colorful Mexican cowboy firing his pistol while riding a bucking blue horse that seems about to leap onto the museum’s steps. Added to our collection in 1990, it’s a strong nod to the long-standing and growing impact of Latino American artists on our culture—a contribution that has often been overlooked. An exhibition opening this month at the museum, “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art,” will highlight a chapter of art history that remains a secret to far too many Americans.
- Watching a Show on PBS about Latino Americans History (cssewell71.wordpress.com)
- A Smithsonian Exhibition Featuring Latino Artists in America (andreaesierra.wordpress.com)
- American Artifacts: “A Democracy of Images” (c-span.org)