The San Antonio Museum of Art announced today that it is due to receive thirty-one portraits from American photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s “Latino List” series, wherein the artist documents the struggles and the accomplishments of Latinos. The promised gift, from Houston-based dealer and collector Hiram Butler and his spouse Andrew Spindler-Roesle, will be exhibited at the museum in October 2017.
“Giving the ‘Latino List’ to the San Antonio Museum of Art memorializes old friendships and shared values,” said donor Hiram Butler. “This group of photographs is especially important to me, as I grew up in Eagle Pass speaking Spanish, and San Antonio was my connection to the larger world of culture. Museum trustee Banks Smith and I have known one another since we entered the University of Texas in 1970, while Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and I have been friends and worked together since 1979. I want my gift to acknowledge Banks and the friendship he has shown me—and to support an institution that does so much to share the art of cultures from around the world.”
Greenfield-Sanders began shooting his large-format portraits in the late 1970s. His works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Portrait Gallery, among others. In 2004, his series of seven hundred art world portraits was accepted into the permanent collections of New York’s MoMA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
“We are so grateful to Hiram Butler and Andrew Spindler-Roesle for this gift, which reflects the diverse culture of San Antonio and contributes much to our contemporary art collection,” said Katherine Crawford Luber, the director of the San Antonio Museum of Art. “Greenfield-Sanders’ portraits are quietly compelling. The list demonstrates the important contributions that Latinos have made to American culture and all facets of American life.” The full list of subject for his portraits is as follows:
Ralph de la Vega
Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch
Chi Chi Rodríguez
Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo
Anthony D. Romero
Christy Turlington Burns
Dr. Marta Moreno Vega