Dr. Ralph Bunche (far right) with some of his friends at Harvard University, circa 1930. Dr. Bunche (1904-1971) was born in Detroit but raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Los Angeles, where he was valedictorian and graduated summa cum laude from UCLA. He earned a master’s degree in political science from Harvard in 1932 and taught at Howard University as he earned his doctorate from Harvard. Dr. Bunche played a critical role in the founding of the United Nations even as he maintained his duties as chair of the Political Science department at Howard, a position he held from 1928 to 1950. As Undersecretary General of the UN, his successful negotiation of four armistice agreements that ended the first Arab-Israeli war in 1949 led to him being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. He was the first African-American - and the first person of color anywhere in the world - to be awarded the prize. Photo: Los Angeles Public Library
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If you want to put faces to the story of America’s changing demographics, you might want to look in an art museum. Long bastions of traditional (read “white”) American identity, a growing number of institutions—from the Whitney Museum and MoMA PS1 in New York City, to the Milwaukee Art Museum to the Oakland Museum of California—are opening their doors to artists of color whose work is both poignant and unabashedly political.
That was the case on August 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C., where the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American and Latino Centers hosted a joint Asian-Latino pop-up exhibition featuring the work of some of today’s most sought-after visual storytellers. (For a full look at last week’s pop-up exhibition, check out the entire collection on Tumblr.) Colorlines.com caught up a few of the featured artists to talk about what their work means in the context of a changing American landscape. Here’s what they had to say:
Fidencio Martinez, based in Iowa City, Iowa. “Being an American to be is not defined by a piece of paper. We share a love for this country, for the people who raised us. It’s an honor for my work to be shown at the Smithsonian because it feels like I’ve finally been accepted.”
Steve Alfaro, based in Washington, D.C. “It’s hard [for me] to define what’s ‘American’ and it should be hard for anyone else to define that, too. When you see a debate through an artist’s lens, you can actually sit with it and draw your own conclusions.”
Favianna Rodriguez, based in Oakland, Calif. “We are bombarded with a narrative that’s consistently dehumanizing us and showing us in an ugly and negative way. I always think about art as fighting back against those narratives and saying that we love ourselves.”
Monica Ramos, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., by way of the Philippines “I don’t think it was my intention to challenge what it means to be an American but that’s what my work brings out within the context of [the Smithsonian] show. Making it was my own personal interest. Food is the easiest way to get into a culture and represent it. It’s my way of always remembering where I’m from.”
Saw this on the bus the other day.
Just in case you didn’t have enough cuteness in your life today, check out this photo of 11-month-old Hazel dressed as Max from Where The Wild Things Are. I mean, seriously? Have you ever seen anything like this? We’re on adorable overload here at the Library. And we want more. In case you missed our last unspeakably cute post, we are looking for photos of kids and adults dressed in Halloween costumes inspired by books! We’ll keep posting them on our various channels and on our homepage, so send them our way!