SOMOS/WE ARE: Latinx Artists of Long Island
The Long Island Museum (LIM) is pleased to announce SOMOS/WE ARE: Latinx Artists of Long Island, a groundbreaking exhibition celebrating the rich cultural heritage and artistic contributions of the Latinx community of Long Island. This exhibition includes works by over 80 participating artists—historic, established, and contemporary—and offers a unique opportunity to explore their diverse styles, media, compelling personal stories, and familial national origins.
From Brooklyn to Montauk, SOMOS showcases the works of creators who have grappled with questions of identity, history, and the many meanings of community. Guest-curated by Mexican-American artist Kelynn Alder, SOMOS situates Latinx artists within the historic fabric and the actively changing shape of the Long Island neighborhoods in which they live.
This exhibition, which will be entirely bilingual in English and Spanish, is a testament to the vibrancy and diversity of Long Island’s Latinx community, which according to the 2020 US Census, comprises approximately 1.75 million people residing in Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. In addition to works on loan from private collectors and the artists themselves, artworks are also on loan to SOMOS from the Brooklyn Museum and the Parrish Art Museum.
Some participating artists are: Fernando Carpaneda (b.1967), Edward Acosta (b. 1982), Lidya Buzio (1948–2014), Darlene Charneco (b. 1971), Eugenio Cuttica (b. 1957), Hector deCordova (b. 1931), Esly Escobar (b. 1981), Marisol (Marisol Escobar) (1930–2016), Virginia Jaramillo (b. 1939), Miguel Luciano (b. 1972), Esteban Najarro (1924–2012), Juan Carlos Pinto (b. 1968), Adrián Román (b. 1977), Freddy Rodríguez (1945–2022), Cinthya Santos-Briones (b. 1983), and Juan Sánchez (b. 1954).