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 Smithsonian’s 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 City’s 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 tour.
The West Sacramento Historical Society, in conjunction with Exhibit Envoy, will present an exhibit of rare post-World War II photographs in “Through My Father’s Eyes: The Filipino American Photographs of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado (1914 -1976).” The exhibit will be at the City of West Sacramento’s Community Center, at 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento, California from Monday, Oct. 17, through Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.