Hard Fought: Sam Coronado's Wwii Series, Exhibition Opening

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Hard Fought: Sam Coronado's Wwii Series, Exhibition Opening

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The Benson Latin American Collection announces the exhibition Hard Fought: Sam Coronado's WWII Series, which opens on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Austin artist Sam Coronado (1946–2013) found inspiration for this series in the VOCES Oral History Project, directed by Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez at The University of Texas at Austin, which collected over 650 interviews and ephemera that give voice to the American Latino experience in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. As a Vietnam veteran who self-identified as a Chicano, Coronado knew first-hand the struggle of Latina/o veterans to feel validated and honored for their sacrifices to this country. He created a series of narrative prints based on his research of the WWII generation that tell the human story behind war: leaving loved ones behind, being at the frontlines, flying over enemy terrain, women taking up the cause as workers and technicians, and the tragic loss of so many lives. Hard Fought presents Coronado’s fine art serigraphs series side by side for the first time with the stories and images that inspired the artist, offering viewers a window into the creative process. Original interview footage from VOCES participants and audio perspectives shared by those who knew Coronado give a fuller picture of the artist’s vision and his intent, and the layers of history and memory that inform them to create historical memory on the subject. The Benson Latin American Collection serves as the archival repository for Coronado’s personal papers, documents from his renowned artist residency program Serie Project, and for the VOCES Oral History Project, which just celebrated its fifteenth anniversary. This exhibition honors those who served, and recognizes the late artist's contribution to the legacy of U.S. Latinas/os in the contested terrain of citizenship and belonging. Hard Fought will be on view at the Benson Latin American Collection through May 15, 2015. Image: "Henry Romo" (2007) by Sam Coronado

By: Benson Latin American Collection

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