Albuquerque, NM (February 2011) – 516 ARTS and the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Fine Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico have collaborated with many organizations, artists and scholars to produce Latino/a Imaginary during spring 2011. The collaboration features art, music, dance, talks, readings and a bi-regional conference.

Central to the season-long Latino arts collaboration is the Latina/o Visual Imaginary: Intersection of Word & Image exhibition at 516 ARTS, which focuses on the connectedness between contemporary Latino arts and literature.

Guest Curator Dr. Holly Barnet-Sanchez says, “The relationships between the visual, literary and performing arts are especially close and intertwined within Latino communities across the country. Many visual artists are also writers, musicians, performance artists and actors. This project explores the role of narrative as visual, verbal and textual—within the lived Latino/a experience.”

The exhibition features installations by special guest artists and MacArthur Fellows Amalia Mesa-Bains and Pepón Osorio, who are legendary figures in the world of contemporary Latino/a art. The exhibition also features emerging and established Latino/a artists from New Mexico and across the U.S.

The exhibition and Latino/a Imaginary collaboration grew out of the bi-regional conference titled Latino Literary Imagination: East Coast/South West Dialogue on Narrative Voices and the Spoken Word. The conference features Latino/a writers, critics and scholars at Rutgers University on April 8-9 and in Albuquerque on April 15-16.

The Albuquerque Museum and 516 ARTS hosts a talk with very special guest artists Pepón Osorio from Philadelphia and Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains from San Francisco, on February 20th. Osorio creates large-scale installations that merge conceptual art and community dynamics, emphasizing the exhibition space as an intermediary between the social architecture of communities and the art world. Mesa-Bains draws upon ancient and cross-cultural altar-building traditions while engaging contemporary theories of loss, cultural and psychological ruins, and the possibilities of resistant cultural memory.

During the month of March, 516 ARTS presents a series of events focusing on women for Latino/Imaginary and the concurrent Women & Creativity series organized with the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The conference Latino Literary Imagination: East Coast/South West Dialogue on Narrative Voices and the Spoken Word takes place April 15-16 at multiple venues in Albuquerque. Details:  

View the complete program guide for the collaboration at

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Credit: Amalia Mesa-Bains
"Badius Botanicals II"
giclée print, 28" x 22"
Featured in the exhibition "Latino/a Visual Imaginary: Intersection of Word & Image" at 516 ARTS, Albuquerque