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Latinx Initiative


DePaul Art Museum’s Latinx Initiative formalizes the museum’s ongoing efforts toward fostering Latinx representation and participation in museum exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The initiative is a multi-year research inquiry focused on artists of Latin American heritage living and working in the United States.

“The goal is to change art history, to make sure that the range of artists and experiences in the United States in 2020 are adequately represented in our collection and exhibitions,” says Julie Rodrigues Widholm, DPAM Director and Chief Curator. “We want to expand not just representation, but participation so that everyone feels empowered to be a contributor to contemporary culture."

The Latinx Initiative includes curatorial research and exhibitions, as well as collection- and community-building and cultivating opportunities for student engagement. In fall 2020 (September 10, 2020–February 21, 2021), the entire museum will be dedicated to LatinXAmerican, an exhibition drawn primarily from DPAM’s collection and new acquisitions exploring social, cultural, political, and artistic themes among Latinx and Latin American artists from the last 100 years.

Under the initiative, the museum will seek to expand its holdings of work by Latinx and Latin American artists, building on work currently represented in the collection by artists such as Lola Álvarez Bravo, Martín Chambi, Ester Hernandez, Harold Mendez, Graciela Iturbide, and Diego Rivera. In February 2020, DPAM acquired two works by Chicago-based artists Melissa Leandro and Yvette Mayorga that will be featured in the fall exhibition, LatinXAmerican.

Efforts related to the Latinx Initiative will be interwoven into the museum's programming throughout the next three years, with the goal of creating a strong foundation for this work to continue at DPAM well into the future.​

DPAM uses the term "Latinx" as a nonbinary, gender-inclusive alternative to Latino or Latina for people of Latin American heritage living primarily in the United States. The term acknowledges people who identify along the gender spectrum. The “x” is a variable that is intended to signal support for marginalized individuals. DPAM respects all forms of self-identification.

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