to Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement.
This virtual exhibition complements a new bilingual photography
traveling exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Center
for Latino Initiatives (SCLI) and circulated by the Smithsonian
Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).
Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement
explores the diversity of the Latino experience in the
United States through stories and portraits of men and
women who have led extraordinary lives.
portraits depict outstanding Latinos including Nobel
laureates, scientists, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs,
politicians, and community activists. Stories of achievement,
self-discovery, roots, and traditions are celebrated
in 25 narratives taken from interviews recently conducted
An advisory committee from the Latino community selected
these stories to convey a broader picture of Latino achievement.
Ricardo Viera, professor of art and director/curator
of the Lehigh University Art Galleries, challenged
Celia Alvarez Muñoz, Héctor Méndez-Caratini,
and Luis Mallo, to capture the dignity and character of
An introductory essay focusing on Latino achievement
and influence in the U.S. was written by Nicolás Kanellos,
the University of Houston’s Brown Foundation Professor
of Hispanic Literature and founder of Arte Público
navigating this online exhibition, visitors will learn
about photographic portraiture in an interactive section.
In addition, they can hear "first voice" testimonies,
engage in educational activities, and learn about
Latino history through essays and resources.
virtual exhibition was developed by SCLI: Melissa Carrillo,
and Henry Estrada. This online exhibition would not
have been possible without the assistance of Luis Alfonso-Roselló,
Maritza Solano, Guion Johnstone, Maria del Carmen Cossu,
Samantha Grauberger, Marc Bretzfelder, and Lionel Fernandez.
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