When E. Carmen Ramos organized Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (2013) at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, art holdings of Latinx artists at the institution were minimal and unbalanced. The museum lacked works by foundational figures; entire groups like Dominican Americans were missing, as were genres like abstract art; and with a collection dominated by colonial and folk art and work by Mexican Americans, it was impossible to produce any comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Latinx art, much less one that represented the diversity of artists and trends. Ramos was one of the few Latinx curators hired in the aftermath of the infamous 1994 “Willful Neglect”...
Critics and the Slippery Terrain of Latinx Art
Arlene Dávila—is a professor of anthropology and American studies at New York University. She authored Culture Works: Space, Value, and Mobility across the Neoliberal Americas (New York University Press, 2012) and founded the Latinx Project, an initiative fostering critical and comparative Latinx studies and transnational networks linking scholarship, culture, art, and activism.
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Arlene Dávila; Critics and the Slippery Terrain of Latinx Art. Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 3 July 2019; 1 (3): 96–100. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/lavc.2019.130006f
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