Latino Art & Culture

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022 AT 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Location: CVW Long Lake Public Library

“Live, zoom presentation by Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM).Program

“The concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge in the United States in the mid-20th century. Explore how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day, often using their work to communicate with a larger public about social justice and themes of diversity, identity, and community.”Format: “Videoconference presenters show American artworks from the museum’s collection using green screen. Through inquiry-based questions and discussion, presenters engage with participants as they explore artworks together.”

*​Please know the presentation will be via zoom and a live broadcast here at the Library. The presenter will be engaging with the audience during the presentation.*

Domingo Ulloa, Braceros, 1960, oil on masonite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Eugene Iredale and Julia Yoo, 2014.20
Domingo Ulloa painted this canvas after several visits to a Bracero camp in Holtville, California. The Bracero Program (1942−64) was a bi-national effort that brought Mexican guest workers, known as braceros, to fill in agricultural labor shortages caused by World War II. Ulloa’s crowd of workers, who peer dejectedly through a barbed-wire fence, reinforce the mounting public protest against their poor living and working conditions. His composition recalls photographs of concentration camp inmates, which Ulloa – a World War II veteran – was familiar with. Ulloa later stated, ​“Most of my paintings are inspired by the common people in their work, in their joy, and their struggle.”