National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
It’s Friday! That means that not only do we open our “Recent Acquisitions” show today (yay!), but also that today’s post features the @smithsoniannpg’s final Portrait of a Nation Prize recipient for #PortraitGala17: Rita Moreno. “I knew this girl…I’ve been Anita.” That’s what Rita Moreno said when she landed the iconic role of Anita in the film adaptation of “West Side Story.” After a decade of being typecast and fulfilling submissive ethnic roles, Moreno went on to be the first Latina to receive an Oscar when she won Best Supporting Actress. She went on to EGOT, winning a Tony, two Emmys and a Grammy in addition to her Academy Award.
The absence of positive portrayals of Puerto Ricans in the media led photographer @ADAL to document trailblazers in the arts, science and community activism .
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