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Latino Art Now! Nuestra América: Expanding Perspectives in American Art Fourth Biennial Conference

November 7-9, 2013

Smithsonian Institution

Washington, D.C.

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.

Conference Theme

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

SCHEDULE/ EVENTS

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 following venues:

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum: November 7 and 9
  • The National Museum of the American Indian: November 8

Download Latino Art Now Program here!

REGISTER

Registration is free. Conference Attendees are required to pre-register at the conference registration site. Register Online Now.

Registration includes:

  • 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:

Top Tier

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

Phone: 202-898-9000

Booking Website: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ArtNow

Economic

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.

ORGANIZERS

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

Smithsonian Institution

Washington, D.C.

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 themes:

  • 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:iuplr@nd.edu

Abstract /CV submission deadline is Monday, April 1, 2013

Selection Process

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.

Conference Papers

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 must pre-register.