Firelei Baez. Sans-Souci (This threshold between a dematerialized and a historicized body), 2015. Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, museum purchase with funds provided by Leslie and Greg Ferrero and Rose Ellen Meyerhoff Greene. © Firelei Baez. Courtesy Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco. Photo by Oriol Tarridas
What is Latinx art, and what are the conversations taking place nationally that surround that term? What does the Latinx art conversation look like in Miami?
How is this national discussion different when viewed through Miami’s particular social, cultural, economic and political lens?
That is the focus of Latinx Art Sessions, a two-day program led by South Florida’s cultural arts leaders ArtCenter/South Florida and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). The goal of the program is to bring together artists and art industry leaders to advance this field by exploring the conversation from Miami and developing original scholarship and research on the subject as Latinx continues to gain momentum nationwide.
Latinx reconsiders artists of Latin American descent whose practice is informed by a lived U.S. experience. This often-debated term encompasses a heterogeneous group of artists who often portray notions of multilingualism, creolization, and migration, and whose work often illustrates shifting identities rooted in multiple cultural locations.
Latinx is an inclusive term, initially introduced to subvert the gender binary of the Spanish language, as an alternative to the term Latino/a. In the visual arts, Latinx Art Sessions aims to enhance the visibility of U.S. Latinx art and artists in public exhibitions, public art spaces, private, and institutional collections and academia.
Through a series of public programs, Latinx Art Sessions is a future-oriented call to action and platform for conversation for heightened visibility, solidarity, and access to mobility within the field.
This program is organized by María Elena Ortiz Associate Curator, PAMM; Naiomy Guerrero, DAMLI Curatorial Fellow, PAMM; and Natalia Zuluaga, Director, [NAME] Publications.
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