A generation of Latino photographers came of age since the 1950s as American cities underwent massive transformations. Urban neighborhoods on the East and West Coasts already had Latino enclaves, but these regions experienced population booms as immigrants arrived from Latin America and Puerto Ricans moved to the mainland. The photographs gathered in this online exhibition coincide with the decline of urban neighborhoods during the postwar era, when middle class populations moved from the cities to the suburbs and newly built highways cut through thriving communities. Latino photographers were driven to capture both the experience of urban neglect and the ignored beauty—to use a term coined by photographer and painter John Valadez—of urban residents during periods of social and economic struggle.
Beauty and Struggle Latino Photographers Document Urban America (Online exhibition)
01 June - 31 December 2020
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, United States
My Playground, Perla de Leon, 1980. Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum
São Paulo, Brazil
05 December - 31 March 2021
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
13 January - 28 March 2021
The mine gives, the mine takes
Galerie Wedding – Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst
04 December - 27 February 2021
Arte del mar: Artistic Exchange in the Caribbean
The Met Fifth Avenue
New York, Afghanistan
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Carlos Estévez: Cities of the Mind
Lowe Art Museum
Coral Gables, United States
24 October - 26 February 2021
Desde el encierro
Galería Sol del Río
Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
24 June - 26 February 2021
Plaza Mulato Gil de Castro (Museo de Artes Visuales MAVI)
17 December - 28 February 2021
Rojo – Colección MSSA
Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende
28 March - 01 February 2021
Dot Fiftyone Gallery
Miami, United States
03 December - 14 February 2021
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