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Identity and community among migrant Latin American artists in New York c. 1970
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In the effervescent and politically active cultural scene of late 1960s’ and early 1970s’ New York, a series of artists of Latin American origin created artworks that can only be understood as responding to their dual cultural origin encompassing both North and South. While actively participating in major neo-avant garde circles such as minimalism and conceptualism, these artists also forged a redefinition of Latin American art by challenging the folklorist and traditionalist understandings enforced by most US cultural institutions as well as the art market. This chapter focuses on two publications created by artists collectives: Contrabienal (1971) and Cha Cha Cha (1974). By uncovering these artists’ networks and communities, these publications demonstrate these artists’ efforts to gain a voice of their own and are proof of a much more rich, diverse, and cosmopolitan New York art scene than the one depicted in most existing historiographies.

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Art and migration

Revisioning the borders of community


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