In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 1 – Oct. 15
Kick-off reception Friday, Sept. 16, 5:30-7 p.m.
Sponsored by AARP Colorado, US Bank, Jerome Gonzales, Mercedes Cameron and Bert Nieslanik
The artists in Home Impressions each have experience in the cultural hybridity that comes with having ties to the U.S. and Latin America. Whether that experience influences their work to a large or small extent, in ways apparent to viewers or not, depends. The featured artists are: Yvette Villanueva Campbell, Vidal Castillo, Jeanette Davis, Ivan Guaderrama, Beatriz Ledesma, Luis Lopez (co-curator), Connie Martinez, Miguel Reyes and Elisa Uribe.
The immigrant narrative is so central to American history and identity that it is often homogenized. It has become easy to forget the details, how many different factors play into the decision to make a home for oneself in a foreign country. Some of the artists in Home Impressions grew up in Mexico, or Honduras, or Argentina, and moved to the U.S. as adults. Others were born and raised in Colorado by parents who were from elsewhere, or by one parent who was American and one who was not. Still others came to the U.S. as small children and have since grown up here. No two stories are the same, and that uniqueness is evident in the diversity of artistic expression that comprises the exhibition.
Home Impressions seeks to highlight the talent and skill of local Hispanic artists not as a conclusion, but rather, as a jumping off point. By organizing exhibits such as these the hope is that they eventually outgrow themselves, because the goal is to have parity—racial, gender, socioeconomic, ability parity—throughout our exhibits calendar and throughout every art center’s exhibits calendar. On a national scale it’s going to take a long time: in the U.S. we are swimming against centuries of cultural dominance and marginalization. It may take centuries to undo. Until the pathways of opportunity are equitably paved, we need to continue to promote Latinx artists both within and outside the context of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Image: Jeanette Davis, Arches II