As part of the ongoing Art Wise Distinguished Speakers Series, the Hunter Museum of American Art welcomes Smithsonian American Art Museum Curator of Latino Art E. Carmen Ramos to speak on Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m. Dr. Ramos, who curated the exhibit and wrote the accompanying catalogue, will speak about the exhibit’s creation as well as some of the themes and artists included in it. The program will include live Spanish translation.
The America presents works in all media by nearly 70 leading modern and contemporary artists. Drawn entirely from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this exhibition showcases artists of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican descent, as well as other Latin American groups with deep roots in the United States. The exhibition explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture.
Dr. Ramos is the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s curator of Latino art; she joined the museum’s staff in 2010. Since then, she has expanded the museum’s pioneering collection of Latino art with an eye toward capturing the broad aesthetic and regional range of the field. Her research interests include modern and contemporary Latino, Latin American, and African American art.
Art Wise events occur multiple times a year at the Hunter Museum, often coinciding with special exhibitions, and feature nationally and globally known speakers from the art community. Past speakers include Lalla Essaydi, Lynsey Addario, and Albert Paley. The Art Wise series is sponsored by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Community Trust.