About the Exhibit

This groundbreaking show will be the first exhibit

presented at the Smithsonian Institution to highlight

the Filipino American community and the work of a

Filipino American artist-photographer, Ricardo O.

Alvarado (1914 - 1976). The Alvarado Project

will display “Through My Father’s Eyes” at the

Smithsonianís National Museum of American History

beginning in November 2002.

The exhibition offers a visual tour of the Filipino

communities in San Francisco and the neighboring rural

areas with San Francisco street scenes, the City’s

Farmers’ Market, migrant farmworkers, Filipino-owned

businesses and community hall events during the Post

WWII era. There is an emphasis on the cross-cultural

exchange of gatherings involving the City’s diverse

ethnic communities, African American, Euro-American,

Latin American and Filipino American musicians,

workers and friends, to show that diversity which has

always been a characteristic of the Cityís society

at-large.    The Alvarado Project is working with the Smithsonian’s

Asian Pacific American Program and the Smithsonian

Institution Traveling Exhibition service to present

Through My Father’s Eyes at the Smithsonian in

Washington, D.C and to develop a 15 city national


PRESS RELEASE-SEPTEMBER 2008: NEW AMERICANS MUSEUM, SAN DIEGO FEATURES FILIPINO AMERICAN EXHIBIT..."We are proud to present this moving collection," said Executive Director Gayle Hom. "It is a worthy tribute to our Filipino population."
PRESS RELEASE: OCTOBER 2007 “Through My Father’s Eyes: The Filipino American Photographs of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado (1914-1976)” to commemorate Filipino American history month
"With eyes all American"-Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado's pictures of Filipinos in the U.S. capture an enduring story. HOLLY MYERS - Special to The Times
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