1/17/2012 9:32 AM
A 13-volume series of fully annotated book anthologies, Critical Documents, will accompany and feature selections from the ICAA digital archive. Resisting Categories: Latin American and/or Latino?, is the first of this series and will be made available February 6, 2012, shortly after the launch of the digital archive. In this book, Mari Carmen Ramírez of the MFAH; Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, independent scholar; and Héctor Olea of the ICAA investigate the terms “Latin American” and "Latino." These words have been used to describe artists from a number of different countries, races, and cultures. This volume proposes that these terms fail to clearly define these artists, who ultimately resist categorization. This comprehensive volume brings to light more than 170 of the crucial texts written by influential artists and critics who explore what it means to be "Latin American" or "Latino."
The series, which will publish over the next decade, is published by the MFAH and distributed by Yale University Press. The documents selected for the series will be cross-referenced with the ICAA Documents Project website in order to grant access to their facsimiles in their original languages. The books are thematic (rather than chronological) compilations, allowing readers to compare and contrast artists from different countries and the artists’ approaches to aesthetics, social issues, and cultural tendencies. No editorial venture of this scope exists or has ever been attempted in the field.
Forthcoming titles include: National Imaginaries/Cosmopolitan Identities (Vol. II, 2013) and New World Geometric and Constructive Utopias (Vol. III, 2014).