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2017 Dec 13

 

AMVETS Post #5: Photographs by Xavier Tavera

AMVETS Post #5 banner with veteran Lorenzo C. Rangel

Sept. 23, 2017 – April 22, 2018

These striking portraits of Mexican and Mexican-American military veterans—returned from the battlefield to live on St. Paul’s West Side—tell the stories of these individuals and their struggle to reintegrate into their communities.

Tavera created this series of 35 large-scale, color portraits to document veterans who fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The portraits are not meant to romanticize veterans as war heroes, but rather to tell their stories as men and women coming back from conflict. Many struggled with reintegration into society as they faced racism and apathy after returning home from the battlefield. The portraits serve as a reminder of their contributions and struggles.

Born in Mexico City, photographer Xavier Tavera has lived in the Twin Cities since 1996. His portraits have been exhibited internationally and are in the permanent collections of the Weisman Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Plains Art Museum, and MNHS.

Exhibit text will be presented in Spanish and English.

Free admission on opening day, September 23

The exhibit opens alongside Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence. On opening day, explore these two new exhibits and join an art activity inspired by Tavera’s portraits and demonstrations by Native American artists.

Active military and veterans receive free admission on opening day, courtesy of Xcel Energy. Free admission on opening day is also available through the Smithsonian’s “Museum Day Live” program. Learn more and obtain two free Museum Day Live passes at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.