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LatinXAmerican

​​​January 7 – August 15, 2021


LatinXAmerican is an intergenerational group exhibition featuring more than 30 Latin American and Latinx artists from Chicago and beyond. 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. The exhibition assesses the presence and absence of Latin American and Latinx artists in DePaul Art Museum’s collection, and reflects efforts to build in this area as part of a multi-year Latinx Art Initiative to increase their visibility in museums. A 2018 study of 18 major U.S. art museums found that only 2.8% of artists in their collections are Latino/a/x/Hispanic. The initiative also takes into consideration that Latinx communities account for nearly one-third of Chicago’s population and 16% of DePaul University’s enrollment.

Occupying all of the museum’s galleries, LatinXAmerican is organized around themes of art historical critique, death and ritual, labor and community activism, rasquachismo — an aesthetic rooted in cultural pride and economic resourcefulness — and urbanism and everyday life. LatinXAmerican includes photographs, paintings, works on paper, sculptures, textiles, and installations spanning over one hundred years and primarily drawn from DPAM’s collection, including several recent acquisitions. The exhibition explores the intersections and fluidity of Latinx, Latin American, and American art as categories based on complicated histories of language, race, class, geographies, immigration, and aesthetics.

Featured artists include Freddy Alborta, Emilio Amero, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Enrique Chagoya, Martín Chambi, Carlos Cortez, Karen Dana, Nicolás de Jesús, Alejandro Diaz, Claudio Dicochea, Salvador Dominguez, Maria Gaspar, Luis D. Gismondi, Luis Guzman, Ester Hernández, Benito Huerta, Graciela Iturbide, William Henry Jackson, Marisa Morán Jahn, Luis Jiménez, Alejandro Jiménez-Flores, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Caroline Kent, Sam Kirk, Melissa Leandro, José Lerma, Luis Marquez, Nicole Marroquin, Alfredo Martinez, Yvette Mayorga, Harold Mendez, Vik Muniz, Errol Ortiz, Diego Rivera, Sebastian Rodriguez, Filemón Santiago, Diana Solis, Edra Soto, Vincent Valdez, Derek Webster, and Mario Ybarra​, Jr.

LatinXAmerican is organized by DePaul Art Museum and co-curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Laura-Caroline de Lara, Interim Director, DePaul Art Museum; Mia Lopez, former Assistant Curator, DePaul Art Museum; Jade Ryerson, Arthur James Museum Studies Fellow, DePaul Art Museum; David Maruzzella, Curatorial Intern, DePaul Art Museum; and Elyse Bluestone, Collection and Exhibition Intern, DePaul Art Museum.