Dominican art, part of Smithsonian Latino Art Exhibit

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced the “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art”, a showcase of more than 90 art pieces by Latino artists in six cities across the country from October 25, 2013 to March 2, 2014.

The event will feature paintings, sculptures, photographs and new media from artists of Latino heritage that live U.S. including Cuban, Dominican, Mexican and Puerto Rican ancestry.
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. The exhibition presents works in all media by 72 leading modern and contemporary artists. Of the 92 artworks featured in the exhibition, 63 have been acquired by the museum since 2011, representing its deep and continuing commitment to collecting Latino art. Our America includes works by artists who participated in all the various artistic styles and movements, including abstract expressionism; activist, conceptual, and performance art; and classic American genres such as landscape, portraiture, and scenes of everyday life.. Latino artists across the United States were galvanized by the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
Included in the group of 72 are:

Elia Alba
(Photographer, Visual Artist and Sculpture)
Elia Alba was born an raised in New York City. Her parents are from the Dominican Republic. She received her BA from Hunter College in 1994 where she graduated magna cum laude and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2001.

Iliana Emilia García -
(Photography, Installations)
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

iliana emilia garcía's Unknown Distances, which will be featured at "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art" - from the series Unknown Distances/Undiscovered Islands.

Scherezade García
(Drawing, Painitng, Installations)
Scherezade Garcia was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. As a child she became involved in the arts by participating in projects that involved mural painting with visual artists Elias Delgado and Nidia Serra. She studied at Altos de Chavon Design School; The School of Design/ affiliated to Parsons School of Design. 

In 1986, she moved to New York as a student at Parsons School of Design, where she obtained the Parsons Institutional Scholarship and the Dana Foundation Work Grant. Her work as a fine arts artist has been continuously exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean since 1990. Among the museums and galleries that have exhibited her work are the Newark Museum, The Jersey City Museum, and El Museo del Barrio in NYC, Lehman College Art Gallery and The Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, DR.

Freddy Rodríguez
Freddy Rodríguez was born in Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic in 1945. Rodríguez immigrated to the United States in 1963 at the age of eighteen. He studied painting at the Art Students League of New York and The New School, and obtained a degree in textile design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In the 1980s he joined with several other Dominican visual artists including Bismark Victoria, Eligio Reynoso, Magno Laracuente and Tito Canepa to form the "Dominican Visual Artists of New York" ... (wiki).

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