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Art Intersections: The Smithsonian’s Asian Latino Festival

Tomorrow the festivities begin! The first of the Smithsonian Asian Latino Festival’s events launch a celebration of the intersections of Asian American and Latino culture. As the most rapidly expanding US populations it’s interesting to see an event dedicated to the meeting of these two groups. And it should be fun!

The programs launch tomorrow, July 24th, with “Gourmet Intersections: Asian-Latino Food Crossings”. This panel of chefs, cookbook authors, and TV hosts will discuss the evolution of public and private shared food traditions. Unfortunately this particular event is sold out, however, you can view everything online here.

Audrey Chan

Audrey Chan

I’m particularly interested in “Art Intersections: An Asian-Latino Pop-up Gallery”. Guys, let me tell you, I LOVE pop-up galleries. I think they’re part of the changing landscape of art exhibition and a key way to hear the voices of underprivileged groups. I love the immediacy and the way that pop-up galleries often interact with communities more directly (and often more successfully) than traditional gallery spaces.

For this particular pop-up gallery (August 6-7, 8-10 pm), stories of Asian-Latino culture and the intersection of these cultures will be projected onto the urban landscape of Silver Spring, MD. Specifically, artwork will be projected onto public surfaces of Veterans Plaza.

But enough talk! Take a look at some of the talented artists participating in this event (This blog is dedicated to work by women artists and art regarding gender, as a result the artists I’ve decided to include are women. There are many talented people in the show, check out the main page to see the rest of the lineup):

Sadie Barnett

Sadie Barnett

Monica Ramos

Monica Ramos

Mia Nakano

Mia Nakano

Kozyndan (wife and husband team)

Kozyndan (wife and husband team)

Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez

Ana Serrano

Ana Serrano

Throughout the festival a social media campaign (July-early August) will show visuals of Asian-Latino food intersections. Video, images, articles, you name it! Food expert guest posters will contribute to the festival’s facebook, twitter, and a microsite dedicated to different Korean/Asian American taco trucks in 7-10 cities (check it out here).

If you’re in the DC area I’d recommend taking a look! And if anyone goes, take pictures. My internship ends on the 2nd so I may be booking it out of the city before the pop-up gallery event.

What do you think about the festival? Do you know of any artists promoting the intersection of Asian American and Latino culture? Feel free to share in the comments!

See the site and schedule here.

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