March 18, 2010
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The Smithsonian Latino Center has launched the public program and exhibition series Argentina at the Smithsonian 2010. It was organized in collaboration with Argentina’s Secretariat of Culture, the Embassy of Argentina in Washington and other Smithsonian museums and cultural organizations in New York City, Washington and Buenos Aires. Argentina at the Smithsonian 2010 commemorates Argentina’s bicentennial and features a diverse range of free and ticketed programs and exhibitions that highlight the history, art, culture and science of the country.
Argentina at the Smithsonian 2010 will feature more than 20 free public programs between March and December, including tango and jazz concerts, hands-on design programs, film screenings, artists’ dialogues, spoken-word readings, family days and scholarly lectures. Events include the Pablo Aslán Quintet “Tango Grill” concert Thursday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History; a screening and discussion about experimental choreography made for the video titled New Dance, Movement and Animation from Argentina, Sunday, April 11, at 3 p.m. in the Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; and an onstage conversation titled “A Fresh Look—U.S. Perspectives during Argentina’s Military Dictatorship (1976-1983),” Thursday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carmichael Auditorium.
One highlight in this series is the opening of the Smithsonian Latino Center’s exhibition "Southern Identity: Contemporary Argentine Art" Oct. 11. This survey exhibition highlights the work of 27 living Argentine artists, including established international artists like León Ferrari, Marta Minujín and Luis Felipe Noé, as well artists who are lesser known outside of Argentina like Nicola Constantino, Marcelo Torretta, Victor Quiroga and Marcia Schvartz. The exhibit will be on view in the International Gallery of the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center through Jan. 10, 2011.
The Smithsonian Latino Center is the division of the Smithsonian Institution that ensures that Latino contributions to art, science and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution and its affiliated organizations across the United States and internationally.
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