Arkansas Arts Center celebrates, welcomes “Our America”

The Arkansas Arts Center is excited to welcome the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, a major collection of modern and contemporary Latino art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Hola! 438 OUR AMERICA_Xavier ViramontesThe exhibition, which will be on display October 16, 2015 through January 17, 2016, presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-20th century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge.

The Arkansas Arts Center has pulled from their vaults works created by Latino artists and artists who inspired contemporary Latino art.

The Arts Center will complement Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, by installing art works from its permanent collection created by Latino American artists including, José Bedia from Cuba, Pablo Picasso from Spain and Diego Rivera of Mexico are among several Latino and Hispanic artists currently featured throughout five galleries.

Hola! 438 OUR AMERICA_Ken GonzalesOur America presents 93 works in all media by 72 artists leading modern and contemporary artists. This exhibition explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture.

The exhibition is organized by E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Latino artists across the United States were galvanized by the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s. They created new images of their communities and examined bicultural experiences.

Artists featured in the exhibition reflect the rich diversity of Latino communities in the United States. Our America showcases artists of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican descent, as well as other Latin American groups with deep roots in the United States.

“It’s great to be able to complement this exhibition by Hola! 438 OUR AMERICA_Roberto Chavezinstalling modern and contemporary Latino and Latin American art from our own collection. Museum School instructor Bryan Clifton, who has done a lot of photography in Latin America, is having an exhibition here at the same time,” said Ann Prentice Wagner, PhD, curator of drawings for the Arkansas Arts Center.

Our America aims to appeal to a larger audience by providing information in both English and Spanish. The exhibition will feature bilingual labels for each work and a


Spanish-language website createHola! 438 OUR AMERICA_Luis Jimenezd by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Arkansas Arts Center admission is free.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Mondays and major holidays. The center is located at 9th and Commerce, Little Rock, AR 72202.


Our America is sponsored in Arkansas by Donna and Mack McLarty and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston. Media sponsors include ¡Hola! Arkansas and Telemundo Arkansas.

For more information call 501-372-4000 or visit

Hola! 438 OUR AMERICA_Joseph Rodriguez

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