National Museum of American History Photo Opportunity: Unveiling of Celia Cruz Collaboration Portrait


Photo opportunity: Unveiling of Celia Cruz's portrait by Robert Weingarten at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History during Hispanic Heritage Month


Wednesday, Oct. 3

9:30 a.m.


National Museum of American History

14th Street and Madison Drive N.W.

Note: Enter via Madison Drive entrance


Shannon Perich, curator, National Museum of American History

Robert Weingarten, photographer

Omer Pardillo Cid, president, Celia Cruz Foundation

The National Museum of American History in conjunction with Robert Weingarten created a public collaboration to choose a subject for one of his metaphorical portraits. The museum offered the public the choice of five historic figures: Celia Cruz, Frederick Douglass, Samuel Morse, Audie Murphy or Alice Paul. After a two-week vote, the winner was Celia Cruz, the "Queen of Latin Music" (Celia Cruz, 1925-2003). The portrait was then composed using objects in the museum's collection. It will be unveiled at the press event Oct. 3.

Weingarten's works are on display in an exhibition, "Pushing Boundaries: Portraits by Robert Weingarten," in the International Gallery at the Smithsonian's S. Dillon Ripley Center through Oct. 14.

Weingarten is known for his visual biographies of well-known Americans from the worlds of art, culture, politics, sports and science, including Sonia Sotomayor, Hank Aaron and Dennis Hopper. Weingarten's work is complemented by a selection of historic photographs from the museum's collection.

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SOURCE Smithsonian's National Museum of American History