Presented by E. Carmen Ramos, PhD

Join E. Carmen Ramos, curator of ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now, for this lecture that explores the remarkable history of printmaking by Chicano artists, whose work and contributions have yet to be integrated into the history of printmaking in the United States. Learn how artists in the exhibition build community, engage with social justice concerns, and assert the value of Mexican American culture and history through their innovative uses of graphic arts. 

About E. Carmen Ramos

E. Carmen Ramos is the chief curatorial and conversation officer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. There she leads the curatorial, conservation, and registrar teams as they serve the nation and beyond through collections development, ground-breaking scholarship, art conservation, and scientific research. She was previously the acting chief curator and curator of Latinx art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). During her tenure at SAAM, Ramos expanded the museum’s leading collection of Latinx art with an eye toward challenging the exclusion of Latinx art from US art history and capturing the broad aesthetic and regional range of the field. She curated major exhibitions, including ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now. Other notable exhibitions include Tamayo: The New York Years (2017), Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography (2017), and Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (2013), which traveled to eight cities across the country and received a 2014 Excellence Award from the Association of Art Museum Curators.

Ramos holds a PhD and MA in art history from the University of Chicago and a BA in art history and psychology from New York University. She serves on the board of the Association of Art Museum Curators and on the editorial board of UCLA’s journal Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture.

Image: Oree Originol. Justice for Our Lives, 2014–present. 78 digital images. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Patricia Tobacco Forrester Endowment, 2020.51A-MM. © 2014, Oree Originol

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