This survey virtual exhibition, featuring 40 artworks and 35 artists, examines the artistic production of artists of Latin American and Caribbean descent and US-born Latinos in the city of Chicago, IL. The site of confluence of various migratory waves from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Central and South America throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Chicago boasts the fifth largest Hispanic and Latino community in the United States.

The Latino Art Now! Chicago Virtual Gallery is an innovative 3-D immersive space and supports the current broad redefinition of American art prompted by changing demographics. It explores artistic issues, contexts, meanings, visual cultures and historical groundings in addition to artists’ own engagements with identity, community, public art and the urban space.

The Latino Art Now! Chicago Virtual Gallery and the Educator Transmedia Training Toolkit, Vol.2 are a collaboration between the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) headquartered at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) (2013-2018) and its member center the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC). This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts to UIC. Additional support is made possible by the generous funding of Comcast NBC Universal, and the Chicago Community Trust.

©2016 IUPLR and SLC

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