Nineteen will pay tribute to Latinx art for the day, the first in a monthly series. After they read a statement on Thursday at the Brooklyn Museum, the artists will then dive into the occasion.
“Despite being included in the general field of art history and in the narratives that have been written, Latinx narratives are very difficult to read and interpret because the full histories are not on the table yet,” explained Michael Treviño, director of the Latinx Cultural Center. “There is a need to tell the full story, and to tell the story in a light of space and gentrification that is now our reality, which we live today.”
Indigenous art, he said, has been celebrated in many ways, and is on display and presented in public contexts. But he said: “For some reason, the South — with some exception — has never been part of that. It is only lately that Latinx artists are also being included, and it is for that reason that we are honoring Latinx artists in Latinx art history.”
Honoring Latinx art is part of a larger program that Treviño has in mind for 2020. In the new year, he said, the Latinx Cultural Center will work with the Brooklyn Museum on a series of three exhibitions, all set to open in the first quarter of 2020.
He explained that the context will be local. “This is a modern time, and some of the aesthetics and general expressions [of Latinx artists] are in not just Latin America, but are also in the diaspora, even in New York,” he said. “We are looking at multiple presentations that will be seen in New York City, part of a longer survey of Latinx art that is ongoing.”
The Latinx Cultural Center is located at the Brooklyn Museum and is open from noon to 6 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.