January 31 – February 2, 2008

Hunter College and Americas Society, New York City


In the spring of 2005, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and the Inter-University Program for Latino Research hosted the first national Conference on the Assessment and Valuation of Puerto Rican, Chicano, Latino and Hispanic-Caribbean Art. Due to the success of the 2005 event, Centro and IUPLR along with The Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA,The Americas Society and El Museo del Barrio will host the Latino Art Now! Conference on January 31- February 2, 2008. Noted arts scholar and educator Tómas Ybarra-Frausto chairs the organizing committee.


The Latino Art Now! Conference will explore the valuation of Latino art within a global context. Lectures and panels will address such topics as: the historical evolution of Latino art; the artistic manifestations of specific geographic areas; Central America, South America and U.S. Latino/a artistic expression and the inter-relations among them and their entanglements with North American visual culture; critical evaluation of the production of individual artists and artists’ groups; the U.S. Latino art infrastructure; theoretical and cultural frameworks in the presentation/reception of Latino art and media.