Smithsonian museum needs public’s input to create “visual biography” of Celia Cruz for new exhibit

Smithsonian museum needs public’s input to create “visual biography” of Celia Cruz for new exhibit

LatinaLista — For many Latinos, cuban-born, Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz was an iconic cultural treasure and epitomized the classic immigrant story involving discrimination, talent, perseverance and rise to success. Her story not only resonated with her fellow Latinos but it seems also with over 10,000 voters of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's "Frame an Iconic American Contest."

Out of a field of five notable U.S. historic figures — Audie Murphy, Alice Paul, Samuel Morse, Frederick Douglass and Celia Cruz — Cruz was recently named the winner as the subject of a new biographical portrait by Robert Weingarten, a noted photographic artist.

Weingarten's 'portraits' defy traditional expectations. Rather than taking a classic picture of an individual, Weingarten asks his subjects, "What makes you who you are?" He then digitally layers images of places and things that are important to his subjects creating a visual biography. Unfortunately, Celia Cruz died in 2003 and won't be able to help Weingarten — but her thousands of fans can.

The National Museum of American History, collaborating with photographer Robert Weingarten, is asking the public to help make a list of what made Celia Cruz who she was. The list will help Weingarten assemble a montage of images that will memorialize the Queen of Salsa in a finished portrait that will be unveiled this fall and displayed at the Smithsonian.

The deadline is through June 10, 2012.

Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply


More in Culture


Non-traditional graduate art student taps into familia pride to create mural of Rio Grande Valley war hero

Latina ListaNovember 11, 2015

Beek, a social media start-up, for lovers of books in Spanish

Latina ListaOctober 22, 2015

New research suggests Spanish-language centered marketing approach may be outdated

Latina ListaOctober 21, 2015
2_296_d6621b19-72a4-419e-9ea7-c40d27751c26 (1)

The Deportation Of Innocence: A Look At America’s Broken Immigration System

Latina ListaOctober 21, 2015

Video: Juan Felipe Herrera begins term as U.S. Poet Laureate

Latina ListaOctober 12, 2015

Five things Latinos are doing wrong

Latina ListaOctober 1, 2015

Crowdfunder: Sharing rich history and emotions of Day of the Dead ritual in multi-media

Latina ListaOctober 1, 2015

New horror film based in Peru’s Amazon stars cannibalistic natives while stirring up controversy

Latina ListaSeptember 29, 2015

Dallas home to first-ever statue dedicated to DREAMers

Latina ListaSeptember 21, 2015