In Latinx Art Arlene Dávila draws on numerous interviews with artists, dealers, and curators to explore the problem of visualizing Latinx art and artists. Providing an inside and critical look of the global contemporary art market, Dávila's book is at once an introduction to contemporary Latinx art and a call to decolonize the art worlds and practices that erase and whitewash Latinx artists. Dávila shows the importance of race, class, and nationalism in shaping contemporary art markets while providing a path for scrutinizing art and culture institutions and for diversifying the art world.
Arlene Dávila is Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University and the author of several books, including El Mall: The Spatial and Class Politics of Shopping Malls in Latin America, Culture Works: Space, Value, and Mobility across the Neoliberal Americas, and Latino Spin: Public Image and the Whitewashing of Race.
Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University whose research spans urban ethnography, the political economy of culture and media, consumption, immigration and geographies of inequality and race. In particular, her work has focused on the ethnographic study of the local, national and global dynamics of contemporary U.S. Latino/a and Latin American cultural politics. These research interests grew out of her early work in Latino/a and culturally specific museums and spaces in New York City, and have developed through her continued involvement in Latino/a advocacy and my interest in creative industries across the Americas.
Areas of Research/Interest
comparative ethnic studies, media and visual culture, urban studies and geographies of inequality, consumption and material culture, political economy, and Latino/a Latin American Studies
American Anthropological Association, American Studies Association, Latin American Studies Association