LATINO ARTISTS SHINE THIS SUMMER IN OUR AMERICA Allentown to Host Traveling Smithsonian Exhibition

Jun 22nd, 2016Press Release from Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley

Allentown, PA—This summer the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley will celebrate the extraordinary creativity of Latino artists by presenting Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, a major collection of modern and contemporary Latino art on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Opening on Sunday, June 26, and continuing through October 2, the exhibition presents eighty-nine works by seventy-one artists who participated in various artistic styles and movements. Fifth Street will be closed in front of the Museum on opening day as Hector Rosado y Orquesta Haché performs outside while inside the Museum admission is free noon–4 p.m., a panel discussion with Our America artists happens at 1 p.m., and free tours in both English and Spanish are led starting at 2 p.m. (For a schedule of all programing related to the exhibition, see bottom of attached press release.) 

Artists featured in the exhibition—which begins in Trexler Hall and continues upstairs in Scheller, Rodale, and Fowler Galleries—reflect the rich diversity of Latino communities in the United States, including those of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican descent as well as other Latin American groups with deep roots here. By presenting works by artists of different generations and regions, the exhibition reveals recurring themes among Latino artists. (For complete details of the exhibition, go to and click on the Our America banner.)

“The relationship between Latino art and the larger world of American art in the post-War period is not simple or clear cut,” said E. Carmen Ramos, curator of the exhibition and of Latino art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, who will be in Allentown to speak about Our America on September 11. “Some artists, influenced by the activism of Latino civil rights movements, turned away from pure formalist discourse to tackle the pressing issues of the day. Others artists wholeheartedly embraced abstraction. An even larger group inhabited multiple worlds, infusing avant-garde modes with politically and culturally engaged themes.”

Artists featured in the exhibition are ADÁL, Manuel Acevedo, Elia Alba, Olga Albizu, Carlos Almaraz, Jesse Amado, Asco (Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón and Patssi Valdez), Luis Cruz Azaceta, Myrna Báez, Guillermo Bejarano, Charles “Chaz” Bojórquez, María Brito, Margarita Cabrera, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Melesio “Mel” Casas, Leonard Castellanos, Oscar R. Castillo, José Cervantes, Enrique Chagoya, Roberto Chavez, Carlos A. Cortéz, Marcos Dimas, Ricardo Favela, Christina Fernandez, Teresita Fernández, iliana emilia garcía, Rupert García, Scherezade García, Carmen Lomas Garza, Ignacio Gomez, Ken Gonzales-Day, Hector González, Luis C. “Louie the Foot” González, Muriel Hasbun, Ester Hernandez, Judithe Hernández, Carmen Herrera, Carlos Irizarry, Luis Jiménez, Miguel Luciano, Emanuel Martinez, María Martínez-Cañas, Antonio Martorell, Ana Mendieta, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Delilah Montoya, Malaquias Montoya, Abelardo Morell, Jesús Moroles, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Pepón Osorio, Amado M. Peña Jr., Chuck Ramirez, Paul Henry Ramirez, Sophie Rivera, Arturo Rodríguez, Freddy Rodríguez, Joseph Rodríguez, Frank Romero, Emilio Sánchez, Juan Sánchez, Jorge Soto Sánchez, Rafael Soriano, Ruben Trejo, Jesse Treviño, John M. Valadez, Alberto Valdés and Xavier Viramontes.


• An audio tour of select works in Our America is available online at or by phone at 610-628-2232.


• An exhibition catalog is available in the Museum Store for $40 and includes essays by scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and curator E. Carmen Ramos.


• For updates and images from the show, follow the Museum on Twitter and Instagram (#OurAmerica) at @AtownArtMuseum and on Facebook at AllentownArtMuseum.

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