Conceiving and designing exhibitions in
cyberspace presents different challenges opposed to working
in physical space. It demands a different set of parameters,
knowledge, and language. It forces us to think about access
to technology, the "digital divide," and the
complicated issues of images, their context, and their
use. It is here that we converge in the dynamic development
of a new culture.
The Latino Virtual Gallery
(LVG) approaches Latino/a contributions to America's history, arts and culture from a Latino/a
Virtual Gallery is an electronic virtual environment.
It invites the viewer to explore and discover. It provides
a dynamic interactive space for both the creators of
the exhibitions and the Internet visitors. Our intent
is to provide unique experiences, transmit emotions,
and provoke reflection.
new scholarship. Each
LVG exhibition is the result of an interdisciplinary exchange. We work in teams
guest curators/scholars, educators, artists, and development
staff. The group decides as a team on the images to be used, the
text to be included, sound and design issues, and issues of access and audience.
partnerships with other Smithsonian units, with Latino
centers, and organizations.
||The Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives has partnered with
the National Board for Professional Teaching
Standards (NBPTS) via the Latino Virtual Gallery
to enhance and promote its educational resources
to educators on a national platform.
is a project
produced by the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives' team Magdalena Mieri and
Melissa Carrillo. LVG was launched online in June 2000 with its first exhibition "Revealing Personal Identity: the Indigenous Vision
of Manuel Carrillo".