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Redefining What It Means To Be ‘American’ Through Art

 

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Painting by Alessandro Ciccarelli on display at the New Britain Museum of American Art’s  ‘Vistas del Sur’ exhibit.

 

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Today, more than ever, people are asking what it means to be American. Demographics are ever changing and cultures are contiguous and commingling. In response, the art world has begun exploring this cultural shift.

With her newest exhibit: “Vistas del Sur,” the director at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Min Jung Kim, is exploring what it means to be “American” by examining and broadening the definition of “American art.”

“We will look back historically and bring more contemporary American art in exhibitions touching on the notion ...

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‘We’ve Always Been The Designated Enemy:’ John Leguizamo Schools Us On Latino History

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Actor, comedian, writer, social activist and and overall buena gente (good guy) John Leguizamo has a bone to pick with the teaching of American history in our classrooms.

In his new solo piece, “Latin History for Morons,” not only does he pick that bone, he unearths the ways in which Latinos have given everything they are to make the United States what it is today.

Considering the current political climate, Leguizamo’s lessons couldn’t be more timely or necessary.

We spoke with John about his play, Latino history and the way he successfully engages with detractors.

What was your most eye opening moment in Latino history?

There were ...

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Puerto Rican Actor Plays Benjamin Franklin At CT Repertory Theater

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We seem to be experiencing an abundance of riches lately when it comes to Latino actors performing in different theaters in Connecticut. In June, TheaterWorks Hartford, will be presenting the play Fade written by Mexican playwright Tanya Saracho, directed by Jerry Ruiz and with actors Elizabeth Ramos and Eddie Martinez. Connecticut Repertory Theater (CRT) at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, is another venue which frequently invites Latino actors as part of the cast of their plays. Richard R. Henry, who directed the comedy Spamalot  at CRT, and who has appeared in plays at Yale Rep, and Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, and in many ...

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