Mel Casas: Arte Latino

Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Jonathan Yorba, 2001

Publisher: Smithsonian American Art Museum.

ISBN: 0-8230-0321-3

Dimensions: 9 3/16 x 9 3/16 in

Pages: 108

Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum commemorates Treasures to Go, a series of eight exhibitions from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, touring the nation through 2002. The Principal Financial Group is a proud partner in presenting these treasures to the American people.

Arte Latino highlights more than 200 years of Latino art from the United States and Puerto Rico. Of the fifty artworks depicted in this book, the earliest are from Puerto Rico, which became a U.S. territory in 1898. Others reflect the heritage of the Hispanic Southwest, from eighteenth-century religious carvings to recent works. The Chicano movement of the 1960s inspired artists to address social and political issues. Many Cuban American artists and other immigrants express a divided identity, having left family and a past behind them.

Powerful, provocative, contemplative, and proud, these artworks explore place and honor a people and a culture. They attest to the uniqueness of the individual and to the rich and varied experience of being Latino in the United States.