New Exhibit Opens in Anacostia Community Museum Program Room

 Aunt  Carol Richardson poses with Curator Ariana Curtis, Ph.D. at the opening of the exhibit, "Bridging the Americas" in the Anacostia Community Museum program room curated by Dr. Ariana Curtis. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

Aunt Carol Richardson poses with Curator Ariana Curtis, Ph.D. at the opening of the exhibit, “Bridging the Americas” in the Anacostia Community Museum program room curated by Dr. Ariana Curtis. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

It was standing room early on Sunday April 12, 2015 for the opening of “Bridging the Americas: Community and Belonging from Panama to Washington, D.C.” The inaugural exhibit by Curator of Latino Studies Ariana Curtis, Ph.D. examines through images and narratives the various ways in which Zonians and Panamanians in the D.C. metropolitan area think about home and belonging in and in-between Panama and Washington, D.C. From passage during the California Gold Rush to the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal in 2014, the United States and Panama have a long and intertwined history. The exhibition shows the formal ties between the two nations but focuses on the human stories and migrations that underscore the connection.

 

 An interactive board at the opening of the exhibit, "Bridging the Americas" in the Anacostia Community Museum program room. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

An interactive board at the opening of the exhibit, “Bridging the Americas” in the Anacostia Community Museum program room.
Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

nacostia Community Museum Director of Development Tykia Warden, board member Phillip Omohundro, M.D, and Curator Ariana Curtis, PhD at the opening of the exhibit, "Bridging the Americas" in the Anacostia Community Museum program room Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

Anacostia Community Museum Director of Development Tykia Warden, board member Phillip Omohundro, M.D, and Curator Ariana Curtis, PhD at the opening of the exhibit, “Bridging the Americas” in the Anacostia Community Museum program room. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

Panamanian food was enjoyed during the opening of the exhibit, "Bridging the Americas" in the Anacostia Community Museum program room curated by Dr. Ariana Curtis. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

Panamanian food was enjoyed during the opening of the exhibit, “Bridging the Americas” in the Anacostia Community Museum program room curated by Dr. Ariana Curtis. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

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Standing room only in the program room for the opening remarks of the exhibition. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

April 12, 2015 - Attendees at the opening of the exhibit, "Bridging the Americas" in the Anacostia Community Museum program room curated by Dr. Ariana Curtis. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

April 12, 2015 – Attendees at the opening of the exhibit, “Bridging the Americas” in the Anacostia Community Museum program room curated by Dr. Ariana Curtis. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

 

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Attendees also enjoyed examining the museum’s main exhibit, “Washington During the Civil War” while attending the opening of “Bridging the Americas.” Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

April 12, 2015 - Attendees at the opening of the exhibit, "Bridging the Americas" in the Anacostia Community Museum program room curated by Dr. Ariana Curtis. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

April 12, 2015 – Attendees at the opening of the exhibit, “Bridging the Americas” in the Anacostia Community Museum program room curated by Dr. Ariana Curtis. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

 

April 12, 2015 - Anacostia Community Museum Curator Ariana Curtis, Ph.D., with Smithsonian Latino Center Director Eduardo Dîaz during the opening of the exhibit, "Bridging the Americas" in the Anacostia Community Museum program room curated by Dr. Ariana Curtis. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

April 12, 2015 – Anacostia Community Museum Curator Ariana Curtis, Ph.D., with Smithsonian Latino Center Director Eduardo Dîaz during the opening of the exhibit, “Bridging the Americas” in the Anacostia Community Museum program room curated by Dr. Ariana Curtis. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

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Anacostia Community Museum Director Camille Akeju welcomed the crowd assembled to the museum. Photograph by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Latino Center Director Eduardo Diaz dances with National Portrait Gallery Curator Taina Caragol to festive Panamian music during the opening. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Instittuion

Smithsonian Latino Center Director Eduardo Diaz dances with National Portrait Gallery Curator Taina Caragol to festive Panamian music during the opening. Photo by Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum/Smithsonian Instittuion