Opening Day of OUR AMERICA

Date

June 26 (Sunday)
Opening Day of Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
noon–4 p.m.

It’s an opening-day street party! To welcome our members and the neighborhood to Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art we are closing down Fifth Street in front of the Museum and turning up the fun. From noon on, the food truck Licensed 2 Grill will be serving food near Arts Park, and radio station La Ola will be on site doing a live remote. From 1:30 till 2:15 and again from 2:45 till 3:30, percussionist Hector Rosado and his Orquesta Haché will bring the heat with two blistering sets of conga-driven salsa. In between, from 2:15 till 2:45, singer and performer Celeste Polaco will show you how to dance to a Latin beat. Admission to the Museum today and every Sunday is free thanks to generous support from CrossAmerica Partners LP, the Gadomski Foundation, the Society of the Arts (SOTA), and the Sylvia Perkin Charitable Trust. ¡Celebrar!

noon-3 p.m.
Story Station in Rodale Classrom

Every American family has its own unique story about immigration and/or assimilation in this country. Why not take a half hour to contribute your family’s story to an archive of local histories? Stop in any Sunday during Our America and allow one of our staff to record you at our Story Station, where you can share photographs too that document your family’s movement to and through America. Each week at least one story will be shared on the Museum’s social media networks. Free

1 p.m.
Panel Discussion: “Where Is Latino Art in American Art?”
Four artists whose work is included in Our America discuss the Latino “presence” on display in the exhibition and beyond. Free, but seating is limited. Call 610-432-4333 ext. 110 or click here to reserve now.

  Freddy Rodríguez
Freddy Rodríquez
was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, in 1945, and immigrated alone to New York City at age eighteen, where he immersed himself in the city’s contemporary art scene. He studied painting at the Art Student League, the New School, and FIT. His solo exhibitions include America’s Pastime: Portrait of the Dominican Dream, baseball works at the Newark Museum in 2005, and also shows at the Queens Museum, Jersey City Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in the DR. 

 

iliana emilia garcía
iliana emilia garcía
makes large-format drawings on canvas and paper along with installations, prints, and digital photos on canvas. She received her AAS from Altos de Chavon/The School of Design, affiliated with Parsons the New School of Design, in her native Dominican Republic in 1989, and her BFA in Communication Design from Parsons The New School of Design in 1991. Her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; BRIC, in Brooklyn; the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento; and more.
 

Juan Sánchez
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Juan Sánchez earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cooper Union School of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Inspired by the political teachings of Pedro Albizu Campos, Malcolm X, the Young Lords, and the Black Panther Party, Sánchez first gained recognition for his brightly hued mixed-media paintings addressing issues of Puerto Rican life both in the United States and on the island. Major solo exhibitions include TRIPTYCH/TRIPTICO: RETRATOS/PORTRAITS at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University (2009); RicanStructions: Paintings of the ’90s at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (1999); and 1898: Rican/Struction: Multilayered Impressions at the Bronx Museum of Art (1998).

Ken Gonzales-Day
Ken Gonzales-Day
is a Los Angeles–based artist whose interdisciplinary practice considers the historical construction of race and the limits of representational systems ranging from the lynching photograph to museum displays. His Searching for California Hang Trees series offered a critical look at the legacies of landscape photography, while the Walking Tour of Los Angeles Lynching Sites series and his 2015 short film, RUN UP, have brought these little-known histories to light nationally and internationally. Gonzales-Day is professor of art and humanities at Scripps College.
 

Elvis Fuentes
Moderator: Elvis Fuentes has served as curator at the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico and the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. A member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT), Fuentes graduated from the University of Havana (Art History, 1999).

1:30–3:30 p.m.
Hector Rosado y Orquesta Haché and dance instruction by Celeste Polaco
It’s a street party! To welcome our members and the neighborhood to the opening of Our America we are closing down Fifth Street in front of the Museum and turning up the fun. From 1:30 till 2:15 and again from 2:45 till 3:30, percussionist Hector Rosado and his band will bring the heat with two blistering sets of conga-driven salsa, merengue, and Latin jazz. In between, from 2:15 till 2:45, performer Celeste Polaco will show visitors how to dance to a Latin beat. From noon on there will be food trucks near Arts Park, and radio station La Ola will be on site doing a live remote.

 
Hector Rosado has traveled around America and the world on tours with music titans such as David Byrne, Dave Valentine, and the legendary Tito Puente. He has recorded for Warner Bros. and created tracks for Video Jams seen on BET Network. He composes, arranges, and directs music for Latin vocalists on a national level.

Celeste Polaco is a professional salsa singer and dancer of Dominican and Puerto Rican decent. She has performed with Hector Rosado y Orquesta Haché at Parx Casino in Philadelphia, Bally Casino and Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, and the Sands Casino & Art Quest Levitt Stage in Bethlehem, and she's recorded as a solo artist with two-time Grammy Award winner Chino Nuñez in 2015.

2 p.m.
Free tour of OUR AMERICA (in English)
Beginning today and throughout the run of the exhibition, Museum docents will lead free tours of Our America in English (starting at 2 p.m.) and in Spanish (starting at 2:15 p.m.) every Sunday, and on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. (in English).

2:15 p.m.
Excursión gratuita de NUESTRA AMÉRICA (Free tour of OUR AMERICA in Spanish)

Un docente que habla a español lleva un tour guiado en Español de nuestra nueva exposición de Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense. Sin reserva es necesario, solo registrarse en la recepción.
 


Oscar R. Castillo, ‘47 Chevy in Wilmington, California, 1972, printed 2012, inkjet print. Smithsonian American Art Museum,
Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment. © 2012, Oscar R. Castillo