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LatinXAmerican

​​​September 10, 2020 – February 21, 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.

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