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Smithsonian traveling exhibit

Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement
September 16, 2008 - January 4, 2009

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition ends its run at MSU Museum, Michigan's first Smithsonian affiliate

Image of Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino AchievementThe Latino journey in North America began more than five centuries ago, long before the founding of the United States. The ancestors of today's Latinos were the men and women who first ranched cattle, introduced the metal plow, developed irrigation systems, innovated mining techniques, spun wool into blankets, produced the bounty of fields and factories, and defended our freedom. Latinos have also helped lay the groundwork for the advancement of art, law, religion, science, education, commerce, and virtually every other endeavor of American life. Against this backdrop of accomplishment, the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives and SITES created Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement to highlight the diversity of contemporary Latino success in the United States. The exhibition features 24 individuals and one extended family whose stories are told through specially commissioned photographs and biographical profiles containing excerpts from recent Smithsonian interviews. While each of the featured Latinos tells a distinct and individual story, the profiles as a whole reflect shared Latino experiences, values, and ideals.

Image of Olympic Gold Medalist Derek Parra -- standing in front of his portrait in the exhibitionLatinos celebrated in this bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibition include astronaut Ellen Ochoa, Nobel Laureate Mario Molina, Olympic medalist speed skater Derek Parra, writers Cristina García and Victor Villaseñor, artists Pepón Osorio and Judith Baca, and businessman and philanthropist Joseph Unanue. As risk takers, innovators, leaders, and mentors to young Americans, these talented individuals have worked hard to become the best in their fields, frequently overcoming obstacles and prejudices along the way. Also highlighted through photographs and text are a dozen influential figures from the past, including poet and revolutionary José Martí, feminist labor leader Emma Tenayuca, athlete and humanitarian Roberto Clemente, and singer Celia Cruz. The men and women featured in this inspirational exhibition were selected by a seven-member advisory board of historians, curators, and leaders in the U.S. Latino community. Also contributing to this celebration of success, self-discovery, and roots and traditions are curatorial consultant Nicolás Kanellos, University of Houston; photography consultant Ricardo Viera, Lehigh University; and photographers Luis Mallo, Héctor Méndez-Caratini, and Celia Alvarez Muñoz.
Our Journeys/Our Stories is complemented by education outreach materials, and each host venue has involved their local communities in public programming and educational activities. The national tour ends at the MSU Museum. The MSU Museum is Michigan's first Smithsonian Institution affiliate. For more information about Our Journey/Our Stories, see http://museum.msu.edu or call (517) 355-2370.

The exhibition, its national tour, and related programs are made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund.

Image above: Olympic Gold Medalist Derek Parra -- standing in front of his portrait in the exhibition -- talks to a class at Michigan State University, ISS 215: Mexican Immigration, Popular Culture, and Race, for an exhibit preview Sept. 16. Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, MSU Museum.

Our Journeys/Our Stories Programs -
at and around the MSU Museum

Sunday, September 21, 1-5 p.m.
Family Fiesta

MSU Museum front lawn
Music, dancing, food, traditional arts demonstrations, games for the whole family
See the Lansing State Journal's Family Fiesta Photo Gallery:
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=A3&Date=20080921&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=809210803&Ref=PH&Params=Itemnr=1

Wednesday, September 24, 4-6 p.m.
Settling Out, Settling Down, and Making it: Contributions of Latinos to the State of Michigan
- Main Gallery
"The Settling Out Process - From Migrant Lifestyle to Resident Lifestyle," Rubén Martinez, Director, MSU Julian Samora Research Institute

Thursday, Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Educator's Workshop
- registration required. Contact: (517) 432-1472 for information.

Thursday, October 2, 7 p.m.
MSU Libraries Film Series

North Conference Room, 4th floor, West Wing, MSU Main Library
RED SUNRISE (ROJO AMANECER) (1989)
Speaker: Dylan Miner, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
http://www2.lib.msu.edu/general/events/index.jsp?e=12

Thursday, October 2, 9-11 p.m.
Café con Leche - MSU Museum after hours
: Come explore, discover, experience, connect!

Sunday, October 5, 1-5 p.m.
First Sunday Gallery Walk
- MSU Museum joins with museums and galleries in Greater Lansing, where culture and creativity come together

Thursday, October 16, 9-11 p.m.
Café con Leche
- MSU Museum after hours: Come explore, discover, experience, connect!

Tuesday, October 28, 4-6 p.m.
Settling Out, Settling Down, and Making it: Contributions of Latinos to the State of Michigan
- Main Gallery
Presentation and Panel Discussion on the Settling Out Process among Latinos in Michigan

* NEW DETAILS *
Sunday, November 2

"Next Generation of Norte Journalists" - 3 p.m., exhibit opening
Youth Art Gallery, MSU Museum
A photojournalism project of the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences - this "photo voice" exhibit continues through the month of November

Day of the Dead/DĂ­a de los Muertos - at dusk (approx. 6 p.m.)
Ground Floor Lobby
An installation and presentation of "Between Detroit and Tenochtitlan," celebrating the artistic impulse, life and creative energy of Diego Rivera in Detroit (and the Detroit Institute of Arts), coordinated by Juan Javier Pescador, MSU Department of History

These events at the MSU Museum are presented with in association with the Greater Lansing community's First Sunday Gallery Walk, where culture and creativity come together

Thursday, November 6, 9-11 p.m.
Café con Leche
- MSU Museum after hours: Come explore, discover, experience, connect!

Tuesday, November 18, 4-6 p.m.
Settling Out, Settling Down, and Making it: Contributions of Latinos to the State of Michigan
- Main Gallery
Presentation and Panel Discussion on the Settling Out Process and Latino Contributions in Michigan

Friday, December 5, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
"Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives"

MSU Museum Auditorium
Jerry Garcia, MSU Department of History
"UFW, Teamsters, and Growers: Immigration and Labor Organizing in the Washington State Apple Industry"

Sunday, December 7
First Sunday Gallery Walk
- MSU Museum joins with museums and galleries in Greater Lansing, where culture and creativity come together

Programs presented free of charge unless otherwise noted.

"Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement" presents an illustrated anthology of inspirational stories that celebrate Latino achievement in the United States. This Smithsonian traveling exhibition includes personal stories, photos, oral histories and dichos, or traditional sayings. It is the first traveling exhibition ever shown in the United States that explores the diversity of the Latino experience through stories and portraits of men and women who have led extraordinary lives. Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement culminates its 5-year national tour with its presentation at the MSU Museum, Michigan's first Smithsonian Institution affiliate. . The exhibition, its national tour and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

Learn more here: http://latino.si.edu/virtualgallery/OJOS/OJOSintro.htm

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