Latino Art Now! Nuestra América: Expanding Perspectives in American Art Fourth Biennial Conference
November 7-9, 2013
The Latino Art Now! Conference
examines the contemporary
contours of Latino art in the United States and the cultural
forces that are presently shaping it. Since 2005 it
has been recognized as the leading national forum
for artists, art historians, art professionals, educators, scholars,
critics and art dealers.
The conference aims to explore US 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.
The Latino Art Now! Nuestra América: Expanding
Perspectives in American Art Conference examines the
contemporary state of Latino Art in the United States
by assessing its current contours and future directions
through dialogue in roundtables and workshops and the
scholarly presentation of academic papers.
To be held in the nation’s capital for the first
time, the 2013 Latino Art Now! Conference
will coincide with the national showing of the exhibition
Our America: The Latino Presence in
American Art organized and circulated by the
Smithsonian American Art Museum and presented
in Washington, D.C. from October 25, 2013 to March
2, 2014. Drawn entirely from the Smithsonian
American Art Museum’s permanent collection, Our
America will explore how Latino artists shaped the
artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key
themes in American art and culture.
The 2013 Latino Art Now! Conference will explore the following topics:
- New directions in Latino Art in the United States
- Latinidad American art
- Recent developments in the institutional framework of American art/Latino art
- The digital moment: art documentation and new scholarship
- Latest reassessments of Latino art pre-1960
- Critical evaluation of artistic production of emergent US Latino communities
- Current theoretical and cultural frameworks in the presentation and reception of Latino art and visual culture
Conference Venues at the Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Thursday, November 7 & Saturday, November 9, 2013
8th and F Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004
National Museum of the American Indian
Friday, November 8, 2013
Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20560
Latino Art Now! 2013 will take place on November 7-9 in Washington, DC to
coincide with the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in
American Art on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
All sessions and conference-related events will take place at the
- Smithsonian American Art Museum: November 7 and 9
- The National Museum of the American Indian: November 8
Download Latino Art Now Program here!
Registration is free. Conference Attendees are required to pre-register at the conference registration site.
Register Online Now.
- Admittance to all panel sessions, workshops, exhibitions with conference name badge
- Admittance to welcoming reception with conference name badge
- Conference booklet
Transportation and Hotel
All registered participants are responsible for their own reservations, transportation, and lodging costs.
Conference hotel picks this year are the Renaissance and the Hyatt. Please see details below for more information:
RENAISSANCE DC DOWNTOWN HOTEL- Reservations must be made on or before Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Hotel Room Rate: $159 plus 14.5% taxes.
Address: 999 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Booking Website: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ArtNow
HYATT ARLINGTON - Reservations must be made on or before Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Hotel Room Rates: Single Occupancy $109 plus 10% tax; Double Occupancy $119 plus 10% tax.
Address: 1325 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209
Booking Website: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10637137
For phone reservations call 1-888-421-1442.
The The Latino Art Now! Conference is organized by the Inter-University
Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) headquartered at the University of Notre Dame,
the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) is a national consortium of university based centers
dedicated to the advancement of the Latino intellectual presence in the United
States. IUPLR works to expand the pool of Latino scholars and leaders and increase the availability
of policy-relevant Latino-focused research. IUPLR headquarters, located at the University of Illinois
at Chicago, and the IUPLR Washington DC Office, located at the University of California Washington
Center, work to strengthen the network of centers and to enhance their institutional capacity.
IUPLR's objectives are: to promote comparative, interdisciplinary, and policy-focused research;
to develop collaborative national programs that support Latino students and faculty in higher education; to establish
collaborative projects with scholars in the arts, culture and the humanities; and to disseminate
publications generated by the IUPLR national network of scholars.
Created in 1997, the Smithsonian Latino Center works pan-institutionally with the entire
network of Smithsonian museums, research centers, programs and almost 200 affiliates
nationwide to ensure that Latino culture, achievement and contributions are celebrated
and recognized. The Smithsonian Latino Center ensures that Latino contributions to the
arts, sciences, and humanities are highlighted, understood, and advanced through the development
and support of public programs, research, museum collections, and educational opportunities at
the Smithsonian Institution.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation’s first collection of American art, is an
unparalleled record of the American experience. The collection captures the aspirations,
character and imagination of the American people from the colonial period to today.
Its National Historic Landmark building is located at Eighth and F streets N.W.
in Washington, D.C. Website:http://americanart.si.edu/
CALL FOR PAPERS
Latino Art Now!
Nuestra América: Expanding Perspectives in American Art
Fourth Biennial Conference
November 7-9, 2013
Latino Art Now! Nuestra América: Expanding Perspectives in
American Art will examine the contemporary state of Latino art
in the United States. To be held in the nation’s capital for the
first time, this conference will coincide with the exhibition Our
America: The Latino Presence in American Art organized by the
Smithsonian American Art Museum and on view from October 25,
2013 to March 2, 2014 in Washington D.C. Drawn entirely from
the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection,
Our America will explore how Latino artists shaped the artistic
movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American
art and culture.
Three years into the new decade we are witnessing an unprecedented
and significant growth in the field of Latino art in the United States.
New national exhibitions, expansion of public and private collections,
publications, research projects and digital archival initiatives combined
with a desire for a larger national museum infrastructure are positing
this current moment as one of an expanding American art. To
what extent are these developments and activities contributing to
a wider, more comprehensive, global American art? Can we clearly
discern a Latinidad in American art in theoretical and methodological
approaches? How is Latino art currently presented in mainstream and
culturally-specific museums? With continuing demographic changes,
how are emerging communities of Latino artists and art collectives
shaping the current moment? In established communities, how is
their pre-1960 production being re-assessed? What can be said about
current trends and future directions? In other words, what is Latino Art Now?
We invite submissions of 300-500 word paper abstracts on the following
- Defining Latinidad in American Art
- Pre-1960s Latino Art Histories
- The Digital Moment: Archives, Libraries and Latino Art Scholarship
- Latino Art Interventions in Public Spaces
- Exhibition and Collecting Practices: Latino Art and Museums
- Culture Booms in Urban Settings: Important Cities for Latino Art
- Art and Visual Culture of Emergent U.S. Latino Communities
- Current Theoretical Frameworks for Exploring Latino Art and Visual Culture
Abstract Submissions and Deadline
The conference organizers seek original, innovative
scholarship engaging with a wide range of visual art
media including painting, sculpture, installation, graphics,
photography, digital and new media.
Please submit paper abstracts electronically to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract /CV submission deadline is Monday, April 1, 2013
The conference program committee will select the papers that
will be presented at the conference and selected panelists will be
notified via email by May 8, 2013.
Selected conference papers should be 20 minutes in length (10 to
12 pages double-space). We request that each selected panelist
submit a finished paper for distribution to their co-panelists and
discussant no later than October 1, 2013. All accepted presenters