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Oscar Lozoya

Maria Baca


silver gelatin print

Collection of the artist

Copyright Oscar Lozoya

Exhibit: "El Retrato Nuevomexicano Ahora / New Mexican Portraiture Now"

Friday, November 6, 2015 to Sunday, March 27, 2016; Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Art Museum

Free admission on Sundays; otherwise by museum admission

The exhibition El Retrato Nuevomexicano Ahora / New Mexican Portraiture Now features paintings, drawings, and photographs by eleven artists:  Lydia Gallegos, Miguel Gandert, Edward Gonzales, María Dolores Gonzales, Oscar Lozoya, Max-Carlos Martinez, Derrick Montez, Arturo Olivas, Gene Ortega, Cecilia Portal, and Jocelyn Salaz.

Highlighting portraiture by New Mexican artists, it is the National Hispanic Cultural Center's companion exhibition to the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery's exhibition Portraiture Now: Staging the Self / Ponerse en Imagen.

Long before the current smart-phone "selfie" craze, nuevomexicano/a artists were rendering the "self" via media such as paintings, photographs, and even retablos. Yet, most of these artists are not known for their portraits. The same holds true in the larger Latino art world, where Hispanic and Latino portraits, other than those of male heroes and members of elite sectors, are rarely included in fine arts exhibitions highlighting art and culture.

"Portraits represent status, identity, history, culture, and family. Their interpretation and exhibition in institutions represents inclusion in a larger story," says Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn, the NHCC's Visual Arts Director and curator of the exhibition.


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Bear Hair Study

by Carlee Fernandez



Courtesy of the artist and ACME., Los Angeles. © Carlee Fernandez

Exhibit: "Portraiture Now: Staging the Self" / "Ponerse en Imagen"

Friday, November 6, 2015 to Sunday, March 27, 2016; Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Art Museum

Free admission on Sundays; otherwise by museum admission

The National Hispanic Cultural Center presents Portraiture Now: Staging the Self / Ponerse en Imagen, a traveling exhibition of works by contemporary Latino American artists organized by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. This will be the ninth installation of Portraiture Now, a series of exhibitions showcasing some of the most creative portrait artists of the twenty-first century.

Portraiture Now features 54 works by six contemporary U.S. Latino artists-David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, and Michael Vasquez-who present identities theatrically, in order to rid portraiture of its reassuring tradition that fixes a person in space and time. Through their works, these artists address personal or family issues, telling stories that they remember or imagine from their past, manipulating images of themselves, or superimposing portraits of their loved ones on their own. Some of the artists reference their Latino heritage in their work, and some do not. Like actors searching for a character, they explore the boundaries of individuality. As they present themselves in a staged manner, portraiture loses its aura of certainty and instead becomes an evolving map for finding oneself and others.

This exhibition team is led by Taína Caragol, and includes Rebecca Kasemeyer, associate director of education; Dorothy Moss, associate curator of painting and sculpture; and David C. Ward, senior historian. Portraiture Now: Staging the Self / Ponerse en Imagen is organized by the National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center.

The exhibition has been made possible through the federal support of the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center; Univision Communications, Inc.; the Stoneridge Fund of Amy and Marc Meadows; and the Rebecca Houser Westcott Fund for Portraiture Now.