‘Latino/a Americans 500 Years’ exhibition at Idaho State University celebrates Latin culture

POCATELLO – The Transition Gallery at Idaho State University will feature the exhibit “Latino/a Americans 500 Years” to celebrate the Latin culture.

The exhibit is part of the year-long grant funded series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” and consists of art depicting evolution of Latino culture. The ISU Department of Art and the Department of Global Studies collaborated on organizing the exhibit.

"Alter Ego," one of the works featured in the exhibit

“Alter Ego,” one of the works featured in the exhibit

“The PBS documentary series Latino Americans, in spite of its comprehensive coverage of a broad range of U.S. Latino subjects, barely discussed visual culture produced by and about Latinos, a significant omission,” said Carmen Febles, lecturer and Language Lab director at ISU. “I am glad we can host this exhibit as a way of addressing the void. After all, the U.S. Latino culture is rich with instances of visual representation and expression.”

The gallery features eight artists from Texas, Tennessee, Arizona, Utah, Wisconsin and Florida. Some of the artists have never had work featured in Idaho. There will be artwork of different media including photographs, paintings and fiber art.

“This is a great opportunity for curricular integration in a variety of disciplines,” Febles said. “We are able to mix the teachings of cultures from the Department of Global Studies and Languages with the Department of Art’s facilities and talents.”

The exhibit was juried by Counselo Jimenez Underwood, a contemporary Latina fiber artist who has had her work exhibited across the United States, including in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Oakland Museum of Art. She narrowed more than 30 artist entries down to eight, noting that each piece of work featured a hidden reality in the Latin culture.

The exhibit will open on Jan. 19 and run until Feb. 20. The Transition Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is located in the Pond Student Union Building. There will be an opening for the exhibit on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. It is free and open to the public.