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Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum Examines the Impact of Explosive Latinx Growth in Four

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Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum Examines the Impact of Explosive Latinx Growth in Four "Gateway" East Coast Cities


WHAT: Media open house for the exhibition "Gateways/Portales" and two related Latinx exhibitions

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 5
10:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place S.E.

WHO: Lori Yarrish, acting director, Anacostia Community Museum
Ariana Curtis, curator
Sandra A. Gutierrez, chef, author of Latino-Southern Table
M. Tony Peralta, artist
Maria Patricia Corrales, president, Fiesta DC
Julio Guity Guevera, deputy director, Mayor's Office of Latino Affairs
Rosalia Torres Weiner, artist
Andy Fernandez, photographer and videographer

The Anacostia Community Museum will hold a media open house for the new exhibition "Gateway/Portales" in the main gallery featuring a brief presentation, gallery tour and Q&A. Two related exhibitions also will be highlighted.

"Gateways" explores the triumphs and struggles of Latinx migrants and immigrants through the lenses of rights and justice, representation and celebration, in four urban destinations: Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Md.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Individuals whose stories are featured in the exhibition will be on hand. Presented bilingually, the exhibition introduces the non-gender defining term "Latinx" which is rapidly gaining currency of use in popular culture.

Complemented by two smaller Latinx exhibitions currently on view, "Gateways/Portales" further establishes the Anacostia Community Museum's expansion into contemporary urban issues as it enters its 50th anniversary year in 2017. "The Backyard of Derek Webster's Imagination" features a selection of the colorful sculptures created by the self-taught, Chicago-settled, Honduran born artist from the museum's permanent collection. "Bridging the Americas: Community and Belonging from Panama to Washington, D.C." explores the personal experiences of Panamanians and Zonians living in and navigating between the nation's capital area and Panama.

Media RSVP:
Marcia Baird Burris (202) 633-4876; (202) 320-1735 (cell)

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Note: Interested media should RSVP to the number/email above.