In 2018, mammoth art institutions seemed to finally pay heed to the demands of Latinx and Latin Americans for greater representation in the art world. In August, the Whitney Museum presented its first exhibit of emerging Latinx artists, organized by the museum’s first Latinx and Puerto Rican curator. Then, in December, following a report that denounced a lack of diversity at the Smithsonian Institute, the museum announced plans to open a gallery focused on Latinx culture in 2021.
By Christina Noriega
These initiatives – hiring Latinx staff and establishing inclusive gallery spaces – suggest a long-term commitment to advance Latinx and Latin American art well into the future. This is why we’re hopeful that 2019 will build on 2018, which was a big year for Latinx and Latin American art.
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of highly anticipated art exhibits in museums and galleries across the country that honor the work of emerging and establish Latinx and Latin American artists.
1. Estampas Chicanas (San Antonio, Texas)
Where: McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.
When: January 17 to May 5, 2019
Cost: $20 for general admission
This exhibition explores the art of Judy Baca, Patssi Valdez, Barbara Carrasco, Ester Hernandez, Alma Lopez, and other Chicana artists who fought to have a voice in the early Mexican-American art movements. Many of these artists, who started in the midst of the social unrest of the Chicano movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s, incorporate elements of political resistance and feminism as well as scenes of everyday life for Chicanas.
Learn more here.