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Brooklyn Museum Proudly Displays "The Latino List"

Stephanie Simon
NY 1
Aug 22, 2011

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There are many wise Latina women to admire in a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum that explores Latino pride. NY1's Arts reporter Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

Actors Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, and John Leguizamo are not just A-list celebrities, but now they are featured in "The Latino List," a new photography exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum with 25 portraits by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

As with Greenfield-Sanders' 2008 exhibit "The Black List," "The Latino List" explores identity and ethnicity through photographs.

"I grew up in Miami, so I grew up thinking 'Latino' was Cuban. Then I went to college here and 'Latino' was Puerto Rican. And then I went to grad school in California and it was Mexicans," says Greenfield-Sanders. "So in my mind, 'Latino' has been evolving as a concept and I don't think most Americans know the wealth of accomplishment."

The exhibit includes many high-profile Latinos who are also friends with Greenfield-Sanders, including supermodel Christy Turlington.

"I've been taking portraits since the very late '70s, mostly of the art world and musicians and presidents, porn stars," says Greenfield-Sanders. "So through my world as a photographer, I meet everyone.

As with "The Black List," the project also includes a documentary with subjects including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and singer Gloria Estefan.

Curator Lisa Small says visitors can tell their stories as well.

"We're going to have two MacBook kiosks here and there's going to be a question posted asking visitors to speak about how their heritage has shaped their life," Small says.

The documentary will also be screened at the museum at the end of September before the HBO premiere.

"The Latino List" opened on August 19. For more information about the exhibit, visit www.brooklynmuseum.org.

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