The installation of "One Life: Dolores Huerta." The story of the modern agricultural workers’ movement in the United States is deeply intertwined with that of Dolores Huerta, a Latina leader who worked tirelessly on behalf of farm workers. The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery highlights her significant role in this movement of the 1960s and 1970s through the exhibition.
This 11th installment in the Portrait Gallery’s “One Life” series is the first devoted to a Latina.
“One Life: Dolores Huerta” will be on display through May 15, 2016.
"One Life: Dolores Huerta" will highlight the significant role of this Latina leader in the California farm workers movement of the 1960s and 70s. This eleventh installment in the "One Life" series is the first devoted to a Latina. It will illuminate Huerta as the co-founder, with Cesar Chavez, of the United Farm Workers (UFW), and highlight her position as the union's lobbyist and contract negotiator. Huerta was instrumental in achieving major legal protections and a better standard of living for farm workers, yet she remains largely under-acknowledged in history. The exhibition is the first in a national museum to draw attention to her contributions. Opening in July 2015, the exhibition will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the September 1965 grape strike launched by the farm workers movement.
Taína Caragol, curator for Latino art and history, is the curator for this exhibition.
“One Life: Dolores Huerta” is made possible through federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center; by the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino; and by the Guenther and Siewchin Sommer Endowment Fund.
Brittany Jordan Cole, National Portrait Gallery
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