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LatinXAmerican

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​January 7 – August 15, 2021

LatinXAmerican is an intergenerational group exhibition featuring nearly 40 Latinx artists from Chicago and beyond. The exhibition assesses the presence and absence of Latinx artists in DePaul Art Museum's collection, and reflects efforts to build in this area as part of a multi-year initiative to increase the visibility of Latinx artists and voices in museums, working towards equity and lasting transformation. The initiative takes into consideration that Latinx communities account for nearly 30% of Chicago's population and 16% of DePaul University's enrollment. A 2018 study of 18 major U.S. art museums found that only 2.8% of artists in their collections are Latino/a/x people. At DPAM, we are committed to changing this and pushing toward a higher representation of Latinx artists in our collection, exhibitions, and public programs.

Occupying all of the museum's galleries, LatinXAmerican includes photographs, paintings, works on paper, sculptures, textiles, videos, and installations primarily drawn from DPAM's collection, including several recent acquisitions, as well as new works from artists living throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. 

This museum-wide exhibition explores the shifting--and at times contradictory--social, cultural, political, and artistic identities between Latinx artists of different circumstances and generations. The term Latinx is used here as a nonbinary, gender-inclusive alternative to Latino or Latina for people of Latin American heritage living primarily in the United States. It is important to note that not every artist in the exhibition identifies as a Latinx artist, some prefer national, racial, and/or ethnic designations of identity, therefore we encourage visitors to the exhibition to explore the artists' diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, given the complex identities around nationality and culture for many of these artists (and around the term Latinx in general), DPAM has chosen to remove the nationality descriptors from our labels in order to further problematize the traditional act of labeling that has historically been used in the museum field to identify artists. However, the exhibition is accompanied by a robust interactive website with images and resources for visitors to explore further and to provide more information on the artists and their backgrounds. 

Featured artists include Alberto Aguilar, Tanya Aguiñiga, Candida Alvarez, Susy Bielak, Enrique Chagoya, Carlos Cortez, Karen Dana, Nicolás de Jesús, Claudio Dicochea, Salvador Dominguez, Dianna Frid, Maria Gaspar, Ester Hernández, Benito Huerta, Graciela Iturbide, Marisa Morán Jahn, Las Nietas de Nonó, Gala Porras-Kim, Luis Jiménez, Alejandro Jiménez-Flores, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Caroline Kent, Sam Kirk, Rodrigo Lara, Melissa Leandro, José Lerma, Nicole Marroquin, Alfredo Martinez, Yvette Mayorga, Harold Mendez, Vik Muniz, Ramón Miranda Beltrán, Errol Ortiz, Diana Solis, Edra Soto, Vincent Valdez, Derek Webster, and Mario Ybarra, Jr.

LatinXAmerican was organized by current and former museum staff and student interns:

Ionit Behar, Assistant Curator; Elyse Bluestone, Collection and Exhibition Intern; Mia Lopez, Assistant Curator; David Maruzzella, Curatorial Intern; Jade Ryerson, Arthur James Museum Studies Fellow, of DePaul Art Museum; and, Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. 

Generous support for this exhibition and its related programming is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.




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