DOLORES HUERTA: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los campos
March 12 – June 6, 2020
The exhibition details Huerta’s life from her early influences—such as her mother Alicia and mentor Fred Ross who led to her groundbreaking time as the female voice in the traditionally male-dominated farm workers’ movement—through the United Farm Workers’ grape boycotts and landmark agreements with the grape-growing conglomerates. The exhibition also features many of the people who worked with Huerta on the farm workers’ movement, including fellow organizers Larry Itliong and César Chávez and artistic contributors like Xavier Viramontes and El Teatro Campesino.
Before the movement, the California grape laborers faced open discrimination, below-poverty wages and dangerously unsafe working and living conditions. Huerta and her colleagues sacrificed their own well-being to challenge the system and galvanize solidarity for a better life for them. Yet often Huerta’s name and impact are overlooked, including the misattribution of her coined phrase, “Yes, we can! / ¡Si, se puede!” to other historical figures. When most women were still expected to play primarily domestic roles, Huerta introduced new models of womanhood as an energetic picket captain, persuasive lobbyist and unyielding negotiator.
March 12, 6-8pm:
Gallery Talk and Tour with Dr. Tanía Caragol, Curator of Painting and Sculpture & Latino Art and History, National Portrait Gallery
April 11, 1-3pm:
"Dolores" - Film Screening & Discussion with Dr. Thomas Sanchez, Associate Professor of Sociology & Latino/Latin American Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha