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Ybarra, Lea

Challenging Traditional Curatorial Practices

Historicizing Narratives

Borders and Diasporas

Aesthetics Beauty

The Body: The Real and the Symbolic

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Americanos: A Multi-media Representation of Latino Life in the U.S.

This presentation will focus on a discussion of Americanos: A multi-media Representation of Latino Life in the United States. Comprised of a book, film documentary, music CD, concert, and a photographic exhibit, Americanos offers a multifaceted perspective of Latino life and is a comprehensive and historic undertaking. The presentation will show excerpts from the documentary, which was co-produced and aired by HBO, and from the concert, which was presented and taped at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Slides depicting selected pictures from the book and photographic exhibit will also be shown.

A focal point of the discussion will be the Americanos photo exhibit which was curated by the Smithsonian SITES office. Within a short time, it was requested for exhibition by museums in dozens of cities across the U.S. Because of the great demand for the photo exhibit, a second copy was created for additional touring. The process of selecting photos for the exhibit, from Over 50,000 that were submitted, and the issues of gender, race, and economic status that were taken into account in the selection process, will also be discussed.

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