The Question is Known: (W)here is Latin American/Latino Art? aims to interrogate the significance of “Latin American and Latino
Art” by problematizing, reformulating, and re-presenting “Latin
American/Latino Art” as an ideological construct that has subsumed the
complexity and diversity of art practices by a range of artists.
The exhibition is concerned with making what should be a simple and
obvious statement—that Latino artists and art practices are diverse—as
a means of countering characterizations that “essentialize” a range of
practices being done by Latino artists.
Through the works in the exhibition, The Question is Known explores the significance of Latin American/Latino art as not “natural”
or given, but rather, as a hybrid of cultural creations that are fluid
and mobile, established by contact, conflict, experience, sympathetic
issue identification, and fantasy constructions, often constituted as
living sources of inspiration, articulated through iconography, formal
vocabularies, and personal associations.
To this end, the exhibition presents the works as historical
microcosms specific to particular artists, and which evidence linkages
between artists’ aesthetic choices and the diverse histories and
intellectual discourses that inform them.
The exhibition will thus be concerned with positing "Latino art" as
an ambiguous area of inquiry that raises issues, poses questions, and
interrogates curatorial perspectives and institutional politics, in
order to facilitate greater cross-cultural communication and a more
inclusive and expanded redefinition of "American" art in an
interconnected global dialogue.
Anthony Torres, Curator