Alternative Art Histories: Future Directions in U.S. Latinx Art

Alternative Art Histories is a two-day symposium focused on U.S. Latinx art and art history. The symposium will bring together leading museum curators, museum directors, and art historians to discuss the aesthetic contribution of U.S. Latinx arts and how we might (re)imagine art history as a more aesthetically expansive, culturally relevant, and socially inclusive field. The distinguished panel of speakers have been at the forefront of establishing the field of Latinx art history and developing a critical framework for understanding and analyzing this quickly expanding visual arts discourse. Discussions will address the intersectionalities that Latinx communities represent across race, class, gender, sexuality, and immigration and how these factors may impact the production and presentation of the visual arts. As we continue to interrogate underrepresentation within the academy, museum, and galleries, now seems a particularly necessary time to come together and critically reassess the field.

Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4, 2019
Clark Art Institute, Auditorium
Williamstown, MA

This event is free and open to the public.

List of Participating Faculty and Curators:

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Program Officer of Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation

Mari Rodríguez Binnie, Assistant Professor of Art at Williams College

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley

Rita Gonzalez, Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Kellie Jones, Professor in Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University

Laura E. Pérez, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Chair of Latinx Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley

Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Director of the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College

Ramón Rivera-Servera, Professor and Department Chair of Performance Studies at Northwestern University

Roberto Tejada, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing and Art History, University of Houston and a 2013-14 Clark-Oakley Humanities Fellow at Williams College

Adriana Zavala, Associate Professor of Art History at Tufts University and Director of U.S. Latinx Art Forum

The symposium is organized by C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Latina/o Studies at Williams College, and Marco Antonio Flores, M.A.’19, a student in the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art. For more information, contact Marco Antonio Flores at  [email protected] .

This symposium is sponsored by the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art with generous funding from the Clark Art Institute, Davis Center, Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Towards Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity (TIDE) Grant Program, Williams College Department of Romance Languages, Williams College Latina/o Studies Program, Williams College Lecture Committee, Williams College Office of the President, and the Williams College Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

Image: Delilah Montoya La Guadalupana, 1998