Fifth Latino Art Now! Conference in the Global City
April 7 – 9, 2016
Chicago, Illinois

Conference Venues:
Chicago Cultural Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
National Museum of Mexican Art
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

The Chicago Latino Art Now! Conference will provide an in-depth and objective assessment of the Latino art contours and forces currently shaping it. This landmark gathering now in its fifth edition will consider historical reassessments, directions and developments in institutional infrastructure, documentation and scholarship, critical evaluations of production in emerging Latino communities, and frameworks in the presentation and reception in museums, fairs and galleries. A city with a long tradition in the visual arts, and rich and creative Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central and South American artistic populations, will serve as the setting to examine and rethink Latino art at mid-decade. Questions of inclusion within the rapidly expanding canon of Latino art are expected to explore a century of art and artists in the global city and its transnational circuits with countries in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean among many others.

Organized by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Smithsonian Latino Center, the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Latino Art Now! 2016 will continue exploring the current contours of Latino Art in the United States.

Sponsored by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the University of Illinois Office of Public and Government Affairs, the Smithsonian Latino Pool administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, Southwest Airlines, and The Joyce Foundation (as of February 2015).

Since 2005 the Latino Art Now! Conference has become the leading national forum for artists, art historians, art professionals, educators, scholars, critics and art dealers. Its overarching conceptual aim is to explore U.S. Latino art and its relationship to contemporary American visual culture and art while advancing awareness, education, scholarship and knowledge in this emerging field of inquiry.

Visit the Official Latino Art Now! Site

(Quote from site: “Latino Art Now! provides a unique forum for scholars, curators, collectors, arts professionals, and artists to engage with the critical issues for Latino art in the 21st century”-Chon A. Noriega, Director, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

LAN 2019
The 6th Latino Art Now! will consider a wide range of subjects relating to the this year’s theme: Sight Lines | Time Frames. “Sight Lines” refers to the building of critical visual literacy as well as the meaning-making curatorial practice of situating artworks in relation to each other and within multiple (art) histories
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Latino Art Now! Chicago Virtual Gallery
The Latino Art Now Chicago Virtual Gallery is an immersive, interactive high definition simulation experience. Click here for the Virtual Gallery.