Case Study: Curatorial Catalysts: Infusing First-Voice Representation into Museum Practice

Track
Career Management
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 8:45-9:15 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
261 America's Center
Description
The Smithsonian's Latino Studies Curatorial Initiative is a new, paradigm-shifting effort to ensure first voice Latino representation in research, exhibits, and collecting. Since 2010, the Smithsonian has hired 10 curators across its museums with expertise in Latino history, art, and culture. Join curators and archivists from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the National Museum of American History, and the National Portrait Gallery as they share their approaches, objectives, and reflections in working to incorporate and highlight Latino stories in their respective museums.

Career Management track generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies

Learner Outcome
  1. Participants will learn how strategic hiring practices can diversify staff, audiences, and collections.
  2. Participants will learn curatorial approaches to expanding and mainstreaming Latino collections.
  3. Participants will learn the challenges of representing ethnically-grounded experiences as part of the broader American story.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Eduardo Diaz
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
Smithsonian Latino Center
Bio
A 33-year veteran of the arts, Diaz is the director of the Smithsonian Latino Center where he oversees leadership development programs, research and outreach initiatives, exhibits, and public and educational programs. Previously, he was executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center and also managed an arts consulting firm. From 1981 to 1999, Diaz served as director of Cultural Affairs for San Antonio, TX.
Presenter: 
Josh Franco
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Latino Collections Specialist, Smithsonian Archives of American Art
Bio
Josh T. Franco, a native of West Texas, is the Latino Collections Specialist at Archives of American Art. He received his PhD at Binghamton University, completing his dissertation Marfa, Marfa: Minimalism, rasquachismo and Questioning 'Decolonial Aesthetics' in Far West Texas." Franco's graduate work was supported by the Clifford D. Clark Fellowship. He also served as a Predoctoral Diversity Fellow and later as an instructor at Ithaca College."
Presenter: 
Margaret Salazar-Porzio
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Curator
Organization: 
National Museum of American History
Bio
Margaret Salazar-Porzio is a Curator of Latina/o History and Culture at the National Museum of American History, with expertise in 20th century visual and material culture of the Western United States, Pacific Rim, and U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she received her PhD from the University of Southern California in American Studies and Ethnicity. Previously, she served as an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia.
Presenter: 
Taina Caragol
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Curator of Latino art and history
Organization: 
National Portrait Gallery - Smithsonian Institution
Bio
Taina Caragol is the curator for Latino art and history at the National Portrait Gallery. She actively collects works that represent Latino subjects in American History and has added over 100 portraits of new historical figures and artists to the museum's collection over the past three years. She was the lead curator for "Portraiture Now: Staging the Self," focused on contemporary portraiture by Latino artists and for "One Life: Dolores Huerta."