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A Photographer and a Writer Walk into a Museum

June 22, 2017

The other day, in my quest to look at works of art with fresh eyes, I asked a colleague to join me (that's one way to get new eyes) in a walk through the museum, and let me know what spoke to him.


The Threads That Connect the Stars: Poet Martín Espada on His Father's Life and Work

June 16, 2017

Martín Espada's incantatory poetry reading at SAAM in honor of Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography paid lasting tribute to his father, the documentary photographer Frank Espada (1930-2014), whose work is featured in the exhibition.


Photography Encouraged: Imagination and Association

June 8, 2017

One of the best parts of my day is the time I set aside to search through the comments and photos people share with us on social media about the museum's artworks.


Donald Sultan's Disaster Paintings

June 6, 2017

Donald Sultan's industrial landscape series depict an array of catastrophes, including forest fires, railway accidents, arsons, and industrial plants exuding toxic plumes. Twelve of these large-scale paintings are now on display at SAAM in the exhibition Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings.


Framing the City: Mean Streets and Urban Photography

May 19, 2017

The exhibition, Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, takes as its starting point, the response by Latino artists to the "urban crisis," a term that emerged in the 1960s to refer to the changes that were going on in many cities throughout the United States. The exhibition title is inspired by author Piri Thomas, who grew up in El Barrio (aka Spanish Harlem), and captured the decline of the urban environment in his memoir Down These Mean Streets, published in 1967.