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About the Talk
This conversation between Arlene Davila and Elizabeth Ferrer explores the arguments in Davila's most recent book, Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics (Duke University Press, 2020). Davila, founding director of The Latinx Project at NYU, draws on numerous interviews with artists, dealers, and curators to explore the problem of visualizing Latinx art and artists. Providing an inside and critical look at the global contemporary art market, Davila's book is at once an introduction to contemporary Latinx art and a call to decolonize the art worlds and practices that erase and whitewash Latinx artists. This conversation draws on Ferrer's research and Davila and Ferrer's decades-long engagements with Latinx art and artists in New York City and beyond.
About the Speakers
Arlene Dávila is a recognized scholar, writer and public intellectual focusing on questions of cultural equity and a leader in the field of Latinx and critical race studies. She is the author of six books focusing on Latinx cultural politics spanning the media, urban politics, museums and contemporary art markets, all characterized by a rigorous global and political economic perspective. A Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University, she is also the founding director of The Latinx Project. She tweets at @arlenedavila1.
Elizabeth Ferrer is Chief Curator at BRIC, a multi-disciplinary arts organization in Brooklyn, as well as a scholar of Latinx and Mexican photography. At BRIC, she founded the BRIC Biennial and has curated major solo shows for such prominent Latinx artists as Juan Sánchez and Miguel Luciano, among numerous other projects. Exhibitions Elizabeth has curated have appeared at the Smithsonian Institution, Notre Dame University, El Museo del Barrio, the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, and at the Americas Society, where she was Gallery Director for several years. She is author of Lola Alvarez Bravo (Aperture, NY), named a New York Times notable book of the year, as well as of exhibition catalogues published in the United States and Mexico. Most recently, she has authored Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History, to be published by the University of Washington Press in November 2020. Ferrer, who studied art history at Wellesley College and Columbia University, is originally from Los Angeles, and is based in Brooklyn, New York, and in Western Massachusetts.
This event is co-sponsored by the Latin American and Latin Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.