The U.S. Latinx Art Forum (USLAF) is an organization dedicated to the art and art history of the United States Latinx community. USLAF strives to establish an unprecedented network of artists, university and college faculty, independent researchers, museum staff, critics, and graduate students who are interested in and committed to expanding and enhancing the visibility of U.S. Latinx art within academia, exhibition spaces, private and institutional collections, and archival initiatives. The organization also maintains the importance of mentorship and professional development and supports scholarship, writing, and historical inquiry in order to ensure the continued progress and vitality of U.S. Latinx art and visual culture within academia, exhibition spaces, and beyond.
USLAF emerges partly from the issues raised in the two-part scholarly session “Imagining a U.S. Latina/o Art History,” held in New York in February 2015 at the College Art Association Annual Conference. Central among these is the ongoing marginalization of U.S. Latinx art within the academy and specifically within both “American” and “Latin American” art history.
The sessions, chaired by Adriana Zavala, included presentations by Elizabeth Adan, Taína Caragol, Josh T Franco, Sonja Gandert, Guisela Latorre, E. Carmen Ramos, and Rose Salseda. The panelists were joined by Constance Cortez as discussant and roundtable participants Karen Mary Davalos, Jennifer Gonzalez, Cherise Smith, and Charlene Villaseñor Black. Panelists discussed scholarly and institutional frameworks for studying and advancing knowledge about U.S. Latinx art and artists and we debated the advantages and disadvantages of continuing to speak about art from the perspective of identity-based frameworks. We ask that you join us as a member of USLAF because, despite growth in visibility, U.S. Latinx art continues to be underrepresented within the academy, museums, and galleries and is often subsumed and rendered invisible through association to American or Latin American art and art history. While we recognize the importance of resisting categories, we affirm the value of creating a forum to specifically support scholarship, writing, and historical inquiry about U.S. Latinx art and visual culture. We also maintain the importance of creating a network of mentorship and professional development to ensure its continued progress and vitality within academia, exhibition spaces, and beyond.
We invite you to join the U.S. Latinx Art Forum (USLAF), a new organization dedicated to the art and art history of the United States Latinx community. Our goal in founding USLAF is to establish an unprecedented network of university and college faculty, independent researchers, artists, museum professionals, critics, and graduate students with an interest in art and visual culture by and about U.S. Latinxs. Your membership in USLAF will help expand this network and demonstrate the vitality and importance of US Latinx art and art history.
To join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information.
(note: membership is free for the academic year 2016-2017):
Position and Institution (or indicate Independent Scholar/Curator/Artist):
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Updated Data and Curated List of CAA 2017 Sessions
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Directors Letter 2016
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Call to Action: Latinx Art at CAA 2017
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Maximiliano Duron, ‘We Have to Mobilize’: Latinx Art Scholars Talk Representation with the College Art Association, ARTnews, Februrary 16, 2017
Maximiliano Duron, “Study: Latino Art Underrepresented at College Art Association’s Annual Conference," ARTnews, September 20, 2016
Seph Rodney, “Group Calls for Greater Latinx Participation in the College Art Association Conference," Hyperallergic, August 30, 2016
"Dossier: Teaching Chicana/o and Latina/o Art History in the Twenty-First Century,” Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Volume 40, Number 1 (Spring 2015): 115-216.
Villaseñor Black/Introduction: P’adelante, P’atrás
Zavala/Latin@ Art at the Intersection
Vargas/Que Onda? “What’s Happening?”: Chicano Art in Twenty-First Century America
Gaspar de Alba and Villaseñor Black/Protest and Praxis in the Arts
López/Artists as Migrant Workers: From Community to University Teaching
Cornejo/“Does That Come with a Hyphen? A Space?”: The Question of Central American-Americans in Latino Art and Pedagogy
Barnet-Sanchez, González, Tejada, Gaspar de Alba, Villaseñor Black, and Fox/Teaching Chicana/o and Latina/o Art in Practice: Six Syllabi
Director: Adriana Zavala, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Tufts University, Department of Art History
Associate Director: Rose G. Salseda, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin
Secretary and Membership Coordinator: Josh Franco, Ph.D., Latino Collections Specialist, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Social Media Manager: Sonja E. Gandert, M.A. Art History and Museum Studies, Tufts University; Curatorial Assistant, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University
Creative Director and Web Developer: Sam Romero, M.F.A., Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Florida Southern College
Constance Cortez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, School of Art, Texas Tech University
Karen Mary Davalos, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chican@ & Latin@ Studies, University of Minnesota
Jennifer A. González, Ph.D., Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz
Cherise Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History and the African and African Diaspora Studies Department; Director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Charlene Villaseñor Black, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Art History and César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies; Interim Director, Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles
Mary Thomas, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz