Spring 2022 Course Highlight | Latinx Art, Performance, and Visual Culture

Professor Paola S. Hernández will teach the seminar AH 802 “Latinx Art, Performance, and Visual Culture” in Spring 2022, Wednesdays, 2:30–5:00pm, Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L166. Latinx artists—those of Latin American background in the US, either first generation or those who have been living in the US for a longer period of time—have been central in the production of cultural forms in the US. However, their visibility in museums, galleries, exhibits, and theatre productions remain marginal, both in the ways we study them and in the way the market exhibits their work. This course will delve into the world of US Latinx artists from the twentieth and twenty-first century, paying close attention to issues of race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexuality. Some visual artists we will study are Laura Aguilar, Yolanda López, Carmen Argote, Xandra Ibarra, Nao Bustamante, Manuel Acevedo, Candida Alvarez, Judith Baca, Alma López, Judithe Hernández, Rodrígez Calero, Rafa Esparza, Luis Jiménez, groups ASCO, La Pocha Nostra, among others. Through a wide range of theoretical readings on queer studies, crip theory, extractivism, race, migration studies, this course aims to put Latinx artists on the map, to promote understanding of their art within and outside the US, and to explore multiple “ways of seeing” from an array of historical, political, and social contexts. Enroll here.