Chicago Latino Artchive and Latino Art Now! unveiled at the National Museum of Mexican Art

Two new web-based projects showcasing past and present Latino art in Chicago will be introduced during a special presentation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 6th, at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street, in Chicago, by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research IUPLR, a national Latino research consortium based at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Artists, collectors, curators, scholars and community members are invited to celebrate the launch of the Chicago Latino ArTchive and the Latino Art Now! Chicago Virtual Gallery.

The projects, developed by the UIC-based IUPLR, will go live at the event and aim to serve as research and educational tools for a variety of users.

The Chicago Latino ArTchive is an online catalog of images and information on Latino artists who have worked in Chicago since the early 20th century. In addition to image galleries, biographies, artists’ statements and related website links, users will be able to sort information by artist name, country of origin, gender, decade, art form or theme.

The Chicago Latino ArTchive was backed by a $40,000 grant from the Chicago Community Trust.

The Latino Art Now! Chicago Virtual Gallery, which is a collaborative project between IUPLR and the Smithsonian Latino Center, features 40 artworks by 35 Latino artists whose careers are linked to the city of Chicago. The virtual gallery explores artistic issues, contexts, meanings, visuals and historical underpinnings, in addition to artists’ engagement with identity, community, public art and the urban space. As a resource for high school teachers, the site’s bilingual toolkit features lesson plans that help to incorporate different artwork and artists’ experiences into curricula.

LANCVG-logo-390x86Development of the Chicago Virtual Gallery was supported by a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Admission is free to the reception, which includes food and refreshments. Online registration is required by Sept. 30. For more information, call (312) 413-3892.

Founded in 1983, IUPLR aims to promote policy-focused research and advance the Latino intellectual presence in the U.S. The group supports research and programs that foster greater understanding of U.S. Latinos in politics, economics, culture, art, history and immigration. IUPLR has been based at UIC since 2013.

By Brian Flood
bflood@uic.edu