Virtual Lecture - A Latino History of the United States
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture
Time: 7:30 pm (ET)
Historic Annapolis, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is pleased to present a special presentation celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. Join us for a talk and discussion about the history and contributions of the diverse U.S. Latino community with Ranald Woodaman, Exhibitions Director of the National Museum of the American Latino.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino is at least a decade from opening in Washington, D.C. In the meantime, it operates a gallery located in the National Museum of American History to develop temporary exhibits that introduce Smithsonian audiences to the history, diversity and complexity of the U.S. Latino community. The gallery’s motto is “Latino history is U.S. history” because its objects and stories illuminate the U.S. experience. This online talk by Ranald Woodaman, Exhibitions Director of the National Museum of the American Latino and lead curator of “¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States” will break down the exhibition’s main themes and their rationales, as well as introduce new perspectives on U.S. history.
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Historic Annapolis, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is pleased to present this program in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
About our Presenter: Ranald Woodaman is the director of exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino. He is the lead curator of the museum’s new exhibit “¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States.” His curatorial work includes exhibitions such as “Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed” (2013) and “Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean” (2017) in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian, and exhibits about D.C.’s Salvadoran and Latinx L.G.B.T. communities in collaboration with local community partners. He was also the co-chair of the Latino Art Now! Conference in 2013 and 2016. Currently, Ranald is managing several Smithsonian exhibition initiatives, including a national tour of “Collidoscope: De la Torre Brothers Retro-Perspective” with the Riverside Art Museum/The Cheech. Outside of the Smithsonian, he served for over a decade with the leadership group of the Latino Network of the American Alliance of Museums. Ranald graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Classics from the University of Virginia (1997). He is an alumnus of the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program (2004) and obtained a M.A.T. in Museum Education from the George Washington University (2006).