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Celia Álvarez Muñoz, Petrócoatl, 1992, cibachrome print, 20 x 16 in., Courtesy the artist

Latinx Art and the Intimacy of Dislocation

Wyeth Foundation for American Art

  • Saturday, December 2, 2023
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • West Building Lecture Hall
  • Talks
  • Hybrid
  • Registration Required

Join us for an in-depth presentation on the cultural and political identities of Latinx art, presented by Roberto Tejada of the University of Houston, for this year’s Wyeth Lecture in American Art.

Society—including artists, lawmakers, and the media—continues to grapple with a category problem: how to define Latine/a/o/x experience. Changing terms reflect cultural contradictions comprising an archive of visual practices that spans over 50 years. But if we look closely at an intergenerational cross section of artists and their work, we can begin to compare narratives and geographical particulars, encouraging a meta-historical view.

Roberto Tejada is the author of art and media histories, including National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment (2009), Celia Alvarez Muñoz (2009), and Still Nowhere in an Empty Vastness (2019), a Latinx poetics of art and writing in the Americas. His poetry appears in the collections Why the Assembly Disbanded (2022), Todo en el ahora (2015), Full Foreground (2012), Exposition Park (2010), and Mirrors for Gold (2006). A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2021), Tejada serves as the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston, where he teaches creative writing and art history.