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  • ICAA Record ID
    781458
    TITLE
    Some thoughts concerning the exhibit of "Hispanic American Art in Chicago" / Victor A. Sorell
    IN

    Arte Hispano-Americano en Chicago, Lunes 9 Junio - Miércoles 16 Julio = Hispanic-American Art in Chicago .-- [Chicago, Ill. : Chicago State University Gallery, 1980].

    DESCRIPTION
    p. 3-14 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Sorell, V. A.  "Some thoughts concerning the exhibit of Hispanic American Art in Chicago." Arte Hispano-Americano en Chicago, Lunes 9 Junio - Miércoles 16 Julio = Hispanic-American Art in Chicago .[Chicago, Ill. : Chicago State University Gallery, 1980].
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Synopsis

In this curatorial essay, Victor A. Sorell weighs opposition to the term “Hispanic” with the need to label the Latino artists of diverse origins included in the exhibition, Arte Hispano-Americano en Chicago=Hispanic-American Art in Chicago. He explains that this show was motivated by the need to counter the lack of attention that “minority” artists received from critics in Chicago, and to demonstrate that many of Chicago’s Latino artists worked in mainstream, international styles. Sorell also explains that the exhibition was mounted in order to showcase artists whose work could not be included in the exhibition Ancient Roots/New Visions at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, and to raise awareness of art within Latino communities in Chicago. The author ends by emphasizing the “extra-visual considerations” of the works of art in the exhibition, especially as they address the “politicization of culture.”

Annotations

This essay by the Chicago-based critic and activist Victor A. Sorell appeared in the catalogue for the exhibition, Arte Hispano-Americano en Chicago=Hispanic-American Art in Chicago, at the Chicago State University Gallery in 1980. This exhibition challenged Chicago-area art critics to pay attention to the work of “minority” artists they often chose to neglect. It also touched upon the function of “labels” with regard to Latinos, particularly in the sense of what was then referred to as “Hispanic-American” art. The exhibition included works by Carlos Cortez, Pablo Sierra, and Arnaldo Roche, and was supported by the Illinois Arts and Humanities councils. 
The cover image for the exhibition catalogue was commissioned from the late Chicano artist, Carlos Cortéz Koyokuikatl.

Researcher
Victor Sorell; Harper Montgomery, collaborator
Team
Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA
Credit
Courtesy of the private archives of Victor Alejandro Sorell, Chicago, IL