Fifth Biennial Conference

April 7 – 9, 2016 • Chicago, Illinois

The Latino Art Now! Conference is the leading national forum for artists, art historians, art professionals, educators, scholars, critics and art dealers. The Fifth Biennial Latino Art Now! Re-imagining Global Intersections Conference in Chicago will examine the contemporary shifting contours of US Latino art and the (trans) national and global cultural forces that continuously shape it and how it in turn shapes these forces. 


View full conference program here. 

View opening day schedule here. 
View bios of conference presenters here.
View important updates and reminders here.


Thursday, April 7, 2016, 3pm 
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602  

[click here for map of
walk from Chicago
Cultural Center to Macy's Reception

Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2016
9am - 5:15pm
University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East, Conference Center
750 Halsted Street 
Chicago, IL 60607 

Friday, April 8, 2016, 6:30pm 
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street 
Chicago, IL 60608

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 12:15pm 
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
3000 North Elbridge Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60618
Lunch Presentation at Puerto Rican Arts Alliance & 
Lunchtime Tours at the Jane Addams Hull House
Due to space limitations, two of the Latino Art Now! events will require an additional RSVP.  For more information on these events and to RSVP, please click here


All conference attendees must register by clicking here and filling out the following form.

 Faculty/Researchers/Staff with Institutional Affiliation         $100   
 General Public      $50
 Artists      $25
 Student with Proof of Current Enrollment/ID      $10
 Student/Volunteers with Code     Free

Registration fee includes: admittance to all panel sessions, workshops, art exhibitions and book fair; admittance to plenary session, welcoming reception on Thursday; admittance to the reception on Friday at the National Museum of Mexican Art; admittance to the reception at UIC; and LAN Conference Program booklet.

Where to go after the LAN! 2016 Conference is over? 

​On your way to the official afterparty, check out a guided tour of the Borderland Collective's​ exhibition examining the Central American refugee crisis: April 9th, 8pm, 2557 W. North Avenue (click for more info)

THE OFFICIAL LAN! 2016 AFTER PARTY — April 9th, 10pm, 2011 W North Ave — featuring:
*Ida Y Vuelta*
*The Ponderers*
$8 / 21+
Check out the Facebook event for more information. 
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The 2016 LAN! Conference is organized by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) headquartered at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Smithsonian Latino Center, Smithsonian Institution

Latino Art Now! and its ancillary activities are made possible through the generous support of:
Allstate • BMO Harris Bank • The Boeing Company • Chicago Community Trust •  Comcast - NBC Universal • Telemundo • DePaul University's Center for Latino Research and Art Museum • Hispanics in Philanthropy • Joyce Foundation • Macy's • National Endowment for the Arts •  National Museum of Mexican Art • Puerto Rican Arts Alliance • Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events • University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Office of Public and Governmental Affairs, Rafael Cintrón Ortíz Latino Cultural Center, and the School of Art and Art History • Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center • Southwest Airlines, The Official Airline of Latino Art Now! and IUPLR


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