Conference Part 2: This Must Be the Place—Latin American Artists in New York, 1965–1975

The second day of the Americas Society Visual Arts conference started with a discussion on contemporary resonances of the 1970s, covering the work of Latinx artists who called New York home.


  • Arlene Dávila, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University
  • Elia Elba, Artist
  • Alicia Grullon, Artist
  • Blanca Serrano Ortiz de Solórzano, Project Director, ISLAA
  • Mary Valverde, Artist
  • Tia Jojima, Assistant Curator, Americas Society
  • Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Visual Arts Director and Chief Curator, Americas Society

To open the second day of This Must Be the Place exhibition conference, New York University's Arlene Dávila led a series of presentations on the echoes of Latin American artists living and producing in New York during the 1970s in today’s city culture. “This is a time when battles for exhibitions were very much community-focused," Dávila said, explaining how Latin American artists in the city were represented in pop culture such as West Side Story, for example, at the same time they were discovering themselves as Latinos.

The artists had a conversation with Aimé Iglesias Lukin and AS Assistant Curator Tie Jojima about how the internationalism present in Latinx social movements affected the artists’ production. Elia Elba highlighted the differences between the Caribbean and South American art troupes, and Alicia Grullon talked about New York as a port city, nurturing immigration.