Published: July 24, 2012
Provenance Center of New London will present “Latin: Who is? What is?” with works from the Latin Network for the Visual Arts’ permanent collection. On view July 29⁁ugust 26, there will be an opening celebration on Sunday, July 29, from 4 to 6 pm at the Provenance Center, 165 State Street.
This exhibition offers a collection of 18 pieces in a mix of photography, cut drawings, sculpture, watercolor and paintings by 11 artists representing nine countries. It asks the questions: Who qualifies as a Latin artist? And what exactly is “Latin” art?
Few ethnic groups have as diverse a mixture of heritage, ethnicity and racial characteristics as those considered to be Latino in the United States today. And, membership in this group is still argued by many †must one come from an originally Latin-centered country of origin? or must one come from a Latin American country? Is Spanish as a native language an inherent requirement? To what extent does the influence of colonization by non-Latin nations alter the “true” Latino flavor of the people and their art?
These and other questions have, at times, blurred a more precise classification of Latin art or who is Latin. It is the aim of this exhibit to present the varied art created by self-described Latino artists encouraging all to reflect upon the debate. Hopefully, it will add an interesting facet to the rich visual tapestry that presently encompasses Latin art.
For additional information, www.provenancecenter.com or 860-405-5887.
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