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Lamadrileña joselerma

Located In: The Hyndman Gallery, Brincka/Cross Gallery, Susan Block Gallery

Opening Reception - Friday, March 4, 5-8 PM (Central)
Curator Gallery Talk - Saturday, March 12, 11:30 AM (Central)
Family Day - Saturday, April 23, 1-3 PM (Central)

LatinXAmerican is an intergenerational group exhibition on loan from the DePaul Art Museum (DPAM) Chicago that features Latinx artists from Chicago and beyond. This exhibition reflects a multi-year initiative to increase the visibility of Latinx artists and voices in museums, working towards equity and lasting transformation.

Latinx communities account for over 18% of the U.S. population, and a 2018 study of 18 major U.S. art museums found only 2.8% of artists in their collections are Latinx people.

Occupying most of Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ galleries, LatinXAmerican includes photographs, paintings, works on paper, sculptures, textiles, videos and installations from artists living throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

This exhibition explores the shifting and at times contradictory social, cultural, political and artistic identities between Latinx artists of different circumstances and generations. The term "Latinx" is used here as a nonbinary, gender-inclusive alternative to Latino or Latina for people of Latin American heritage living primarily in the United States. It is important to note not every artist in the exhibition identifies as a Latinx artist. Some prefer national, racial and/or ethnic designations of identity, therefore, further exploration of the artists’ diverse backgrounds is encouraged.

LatinXAmerican was organized by current and former DPAM museum staff and student interns: Ionit Behar, Assistant Curator; Elyse Bluestone, Collection and Exhibition Intern; Mia Lopez, Assistant Curator; David Maruzzella, Curatorial Intern; Jade Ryerson, Arthur James Museum Studies Fellow of DePaul Art Museum; and Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Generous support for this exhibition and its related programming was provided to DPAM by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Lubeznik Center for the Arts aligns with DPAM’s initiative to increase the visibility and the voices of Latinx artists and is grateful to DPAM for loaning most of the pieces in the exhibition. LCA is committed to exhibiting increasing numbers of artworks by Black and Brown artists in the coming years.

Artwork shown: José Lerma (b. 1971), La Madrileñita, 2020, Acrylic, construction grade silicone, burlap, on standard door, 80 x 28 in., Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago

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