Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People: The Romo Collection
Raul Caracoza, Young Frida (Pink), 2006, screen print, image: 36 1/8 x 26 1/8 in., Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo, 2009.42, © 2013 Raul Caracoza
East Building, Level B, Meymandi Exhibition Gallery
April 13–July 27, 2014
Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People: The Romo Collection chronicles the unique heritage, history, and experience of contemporary Mexican American and Latino artists. Estampas (Spanish for prints) de la raza (the race or the people, often referring to Mexican and U.S. heritage) is the first comprehensive examination of contemporary Mexican American and Latino prints, their intrinsic relevance, and their place in the context of American art and the history of printmaking.
San Antonio–based collectors Harriett and Ricardo Romo, among the most important collectors of Chicano art in the United States, have built an impressive collection of contemporary prints. This exhibition features 61 works, part of a larger gift from the Romo Collection to the McNay Art Museum.
Ranging in date from 1984 to 2011, the works in the exhibition embody social, political, and economic issues, as well as explorations of identity and race, faced by Mexican American and Chicano/a artists. The exhibition is organized thematically in the following sections: the melding of Mexican and American cultures; Hispanic icons Frida Kahlo, Che Guevara, and César Chávez; the struggle for equality and labor rights; the search for Mexican American identity; and the influence of Latino culture on contemporary American life and art.
Organized by the McNay Art Museum. Lead sponsorship provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992. In Raleigh support is provided by Lord Corporation. This exhibition is also made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions.