Huber Colloquium on Iberoamerican Art, Fall 2020

Huber Colloquium on Iberoamerican Art, Fall 2020

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

A Conversation on Latinx Art featuring Arlene Dávila & Miriam Basilio, moderated by Professor Edward J. Sullivan

Arlene Dávila, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University; Miriam Margarita Basilio Gaztambide, Associate Professor of Art History, and Museum Studies at New York University; and Edward J. Sullivan, Deputy Director; Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the History of Art; The Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Arlene Dávila (NYU Department of Anthropology) recently published a provocative and highly informative book entitled Latinx Art: Artists, Markets and Politics (Duke University Press). This landmark publication treats the phenomenon of contemporary art by U.S. artists of Latin American descent (“Latinx” is a term that denotes gender neutrality). Dávila’s deft analyses are essential for an understanding of a sector of the U.S. art world that has sometimes been less recognized by the museum and gallery establishment. In this conversation, Dávila will join Dr. Miriam Basilio (PhD, IFA) of NYU’s Museum Studies Program and the Department of Art History to delve into the numerous compelling artistic and social issues of her subject.

This talk focuses on abstract art’s political Arlene Dávila is a recognized public intellectual focusing on questions of cultural equity and a leader in the field of Latinx and critical race studies. She is the author of six books focusing on Latinx cultural politics spanning the media, urban politics, museums, and contemporary art markets, all characterized by a rigorous global and political economic perspective. A Professor of Anthropology and American Studies, she is also the founding director of The Latinx Project.

Miriam Margarita Basilio Gaztambide is Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at New York University. Between 2001-2005, she was a Curatorial Assistant in the Departments of Painting and Sculpture and Drawings at The Museum of Modern Art. There she co-curated Tempo (MoMAQNS 2002) and Caribbean and Latin American Art: MoMA at El Museo (organized with El Museo del Barrio, 2004). Her book Visual Propaganda, Exhibitions and the Spanish Civil War was published by Routledge in 2013. Retratos Hablados/Spoken Portraits, an artist’s book with an essay, was published by Mudito & Co. in 2020. Currently, she is writing a book on the history of MoMA’s modernist canon and the definition of “Latin American” art.

The Colloquium is the product of the generosity and continuing support of Roberta and Richard Huber, and we thank them heartily for making the current year’s activities possible.


The Duke House Exhibition Series brings contemporary art to the walls of the Institute’s landmarked James B. Duke House. (Website in Construction).


Photo Credits: María Magdalena Campos Pons, Bin Bin Lady, The Papaya, 2005. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco