Latinx art in the United States has been historically underrepresented in, if not ignored by, major educational and art institutions, and scholarly publications. For the past 50 years or so, however, Latinx art has been featured in community centers and galleries around the country, as well as by more localized, community-oriented museums, such as El Museo del Barrio in New York City (founded in 1969) or the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago (founded in 1982; now, the National Museum of Mexican Art). It has only been in the last three decades or so that Chicano art history courses have been offered at colleges and universities, and more recently, that Chicanx/Latinx art has been actively collected by major museums and exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, such as the well-received Chicano art show, “Bridges in Times of Walls/Puentes en época de muros” at the Carrillo Gil Art Museum in Mexico City.
Recognizing these developments and desiring to, both, contribute to ongoing conversations about the status of Latinx art in the U.S. and focusing attention on Latinx artists, the next issue of Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas will focus on the theme: “U.S. Latinx Art, Then, Now, and Tomorrow.” The Hemisphere editorial committee seeks scholarly essays that present interdisciplinary research on the work of Latinx artists in the United States from any period starting in the 18th century through the present, from any region of the country, and in any form and medium. Our hope is to identify and feature new research based in creative approaches drawn from the increasingly overlapping fields of art history, visual and material culture studies, gender studies, queer studies, social activism and politics, and others.