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Re-Imaging Global Intersections

5th Biennial Conference

April 7-9, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

Download Latino Art Now Conference Program here!

The Latino Art Now! Re-imaging Global Intersections Conference in Chicago will examine the contemporary shifting contours of US Latino art and the (trans) national and global cultural forces that continuously shape it and how it in turn shapes these forces. Set in a city with a rich cultural history, LAN! presents a unique opportunity to connect with Chicago's vibrant Latino art scene. Artist studio visits, as well as exhibitions at the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the UIC Latino Cultural Center, and other partners, will be organized in conjunction with the conference.

Conference Venues

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2016
University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East, Conference Center
750 Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Friday, April 8, 2016
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60608

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
3000 North Elbridge Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618

Conference Theme

The Latino Art Now! Nuestra América: Re-imaging Global Intersections Conference in Chicago will continue to examine US-based Latino art production, including new perspectives on the transnational and global contexts of many Latino artists.

Renewed visibility for artists in a wave of major exhibitions at national museums and galleries, the expansion of curatorial and academic infrastructure, and new publication and research initiatives tend to signal wider and expanding opportunities. Can we at the present moment map Latino art activity within a larger transnational, hemispheric, and global context and discourse? The 2016 LAN! Conference will explore the following topics:

  • Artivisms/Social Practice Art
  • The City as Site and Source
  • Outside the White Cube: Digital Interventions
  • Queer Geographies of Latino Art
  • Intersections: Latino/Latin American
  • Comparative Art Histories
  • Curatorial Negotiations: Authority and Display
  • Recalibrating Framework and Canon
  • Art from Emergent Latino Groups
  • Public/Private Collecting and Collections
  • Global Networks and Intersections
  • Latino Futurisms
  • Recovering Early Artists and Legacies
  • Reassessing Design and Architecture
  • Latino Art Market
  • Art as an Economic Stimulus
  • Defying Categories

Latino Art Now! and its ancillary activities are made possible through the generous support of:

Allstate • BMO Harris Bank • The Boeing Company • Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) • DePaul University • Joyce Foundation • National Endowment for the Arts • National Museum of Mexican Art • Puerto Rican Arts Alliance • Southwest Airlines, The Official Airline of Latino Art Now! • University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Office of Public and Governmental Affairs, Rafael Cintrón Ortíz Latino Cultural Center, and the School of Art and Art History

This LAN Conference received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Additionally a city-wide LAN Spring of Latino Art will take place in Chicago from March 21 to June 20, 2016.


Latino Art Now! 2016 will take place on April 7-9 in Chicago, Illinois. All sessions and conference-related events will take place at the following venues:

  • MACY's on STATE STREET: April 7
  • UIC STUDENT CENTER: April 8 and 9
  • UIC HULL HOUSE: April 8
  • UIC GALLERY 400: April 9

Download Latino Art Now Conference Agenda here!

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Registration includes admittance to all panel sessions, workshops, art exhibitions and book fair; admittance to plenary session, welcoming reception on Thursday; admittance to the reception on Friday at the National Museum of Mexican Art; admittance to the reception at UIC; and LAN Conference Program booklet.

All conference attendees must register.

  • Faculty/Researchers/Staff with Institutional Affiliation: $100
  • General Public: $50
  • Artists: $25
  • Student with Proof of Current Enrollment/ID: $10
  • Student/Volunteers with Code: Free

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Transportation and Hotel

All registered participants are responsible for their own reservations, transportation, and lodging costs.

LAN Conference Hotels are:

Holiday Inn & Suites – Downtown Chicago
506 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60607
Block dates: April 6 to April 10, 2016
$129 + Tax
Cut Off Date: March 7, 2016
Conference Code: RNL
Contact: Jim Hickey, jhickey@hidowntown.com, 312-583-4243

The Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Downtown
733 West Madison, Chicago, IL 60661 (312) 829-5000
Conference Block: April 6-10, 2016
$149 + Tax per night
Cut Off Date: March 9, 2016
Registration Code: A45
Contact: Caitlin Becker, CBecker@thechicagometro.com, 312-602-2180

The W Hotel City Center
172 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 332-1200
Conference Block: April 4-10, 2016
$189 + Tax per night
Cut Off Date: February 29, 2016
Registration Code: A45
Contact: Emily Allor, Emily.allor@whotels.com, 312-917-5782

Marriott Chicago at Medical District
625 South Ashland Avenue at Harrison Street, Chicago IL 60607
Conference Block: April 6-10, 2016
$159 + Tax per night
Cut Off Date: February 22, 2016
Registration Code: LTNC
Contact: Veronica Casales, vcasales@marriottchicagomd.com, 312-529-6007


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View, download, and share LAN! 2019 Call for Papers PDF: LAN 2019 Call for Papers.

Submit paper/panel/roundtable abstracts and CVs electronically to laninfo2019@gmail.com by October 1, 2018