As part of the Women’s History Lecture Series with Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), we are pleased to present a talk from Dr. Taína Caragol, Curator of Latino Art and History at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, who will discuss labor leader and Civil Rights activist Dolores Huerta, a founder of the American Farm Workers movement, at CCRI’s Flanagan Campus (1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln), Room 1336 (see building map), on Thursday, March 23, 2pm.
Since 2013, Caragol has led the effort to increase the representation of Latino historical figures and artists at the museum. During that time she has added over 100 portraits to the museum’s collection and curated the exhibitions “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,” (which traveled to New York and Albuquerque in 2015), and “One Life: Dolores Huerta,” which is being expanded and redesigned for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service starting in 2018.
Before joining the Smithsonian Institution, Caragol was Curator of Education at Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico in 2010. From 2003 to 2007, she worked as Latin American bibliographer for the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Between 2007-2008, she was a researcher at University of Essex, England, for the investigation “Latin American Art in the UK: History, Historiography, Specificity.”
She earned her Ph.D. at the Graduate Center, City University of New York in 2013 with a dissertation titled: “Boom and Dust: The Rise of Latin American and Latino Art in New York Exhibition Venues and Auction Houses, 1970s–1980s.” She has published essays on Latin American and Latino artists and has also written on the importance of archival preservation for contributing to a better understanding of the history of Latino and Latin American art in the United States.
Dolores Huerta image © Rudy Rodríguez, 1974 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of George Rodríguez in memory of his brother Rudy.