Taking on Latinx and Chicanx Art, Identity, and Language

Photo: Paul Polubinskas. Teddy Sandoval’s “Las Locas,” 1980, is part of Pacific Standard Time’s new show celebrating Latinx and Chicanx identities.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is more than an art exhibit. It’s a movement that brings Latinx art into the conversation in Los Angeles, through art exhibitions spanning all across Southern California. Although the New York Times just discovered the gender-neutral Latinx and Chicanx terms in their recent article on the exhibits and refers to them as neologisms (when in fact the terms have been used in the queer community for over a decade now,) PST: LA/LA has been bringing artistic, intersectional cultural expression to the forefront for years.

- Advertisement -

The Latinx community does not get its fair share of representation, and to see the Latinx experience portrayed through art is very powerful. This type of artistic expression is especially pertinent in L.A. where Latino culture is prominent, yet often ignored by the media. As the landscape of L.A. changes, many people forget, or simply never knew, that Los Angeles has always derived much of its culture from the Latino community.

Yet even with such art as PST puts at the forefront, the terms Latinx and Chicanx are still considered exclusive to the queer community rather than a gender-neutral, all-inclusive term. This proved especially true for the PST show “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.” showing at the MOCA through December. The show, like many of the PST exhibits, displays Latinx art such as Teddy Sandoval’s “Las Locas.” This particular exhibit has the word “Queer” right in the title, but ironically and nonsensically chooses to drop the Chicanx term. Scholar Macarena Gómez-Barris called for the show to switch “Chicano” to “Chicanx,” but it did not make it to the final decision on the title of the exhibit. Despite the choice to drop the terms by certain institutions, publicists and curators continue to place Latinx and Chicanx in the title and press information on various shows.

Chon Noriega, head of Chicano Studies Research at UCLA and a curator of PST, told the New York Times that he wonders if certain museums even care about queer perspectives. “Suddenly I see museums that never thought about having a Chicano art exhibition use the term ‘Chicanx,’” he tells the New York Times. “In five years, if they haven’t had any Chicano shows, we’d know it was just an accommodation.” It could simply be that art institutions are riding off the popularity of Latinx culture displayed in PST exhibits, as Noriega suggests. If so, it goes to show that although the appearance of inclusivity in the Trump era seems to be present, the underlying truth that many people know already is that to be queer and proud is still an audacious political act. Queer communities also face the beast of exoticizing and leeching on their culture through mainstream institutions.

While Latinx and Chicanx art is present throughout Pacific Standard Time exhibits in Southern California, the fight to fully represent the community in the show’s title is still unresolved.



  1. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  2. Normally I do not read article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to take a look at and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thanks, very nice post.

  3. My family and I really love your site and find almost all of the blogposts to be just what I am looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write articles for you? I would not mind composing a piece of text regarding property development or possibly on a lot of the subjects you are writing about here. Cool information site!

  4. Greetings I am truly excited I came across this site, I actually encountered you by mistake, while I was looking on Aol for forex robot. Anyhow I am here right now and would just love to say thanks a lot for a remarkable write-up and the all-round thrilling blog (I also like the theme), I do not have enough time to browse it completely at the minute however I have bookmarked it and also added your RSS feed, so when I have sufficient time I will be back to read more. Please do maintain the excellent job.

  5. Just about all of what you claim happens to be supprisingly appropriate and that makes me wonder the reason why I had not looked at this in this light before. This article truly did switch the light on for me personally as far as this specific topic goes. Nonetheless at this time there is actually 1 point I am not really too comfy with and whilst I try to reconcile that with the core theme of the point, permit me see just what the rest of the visitors have to say.Very well done.

  6. I actually wanted to compose a simple note to be able to thank you for those fabulous advice you are writing at this website. My particularly long internet search has finally been rewarded with sensible content to go over with my guests. I ‘d assert that many of us site visitors actually are quite fortunate to dwell in a superb network with very many awesome people with useful techniques. I feel somewhat lucky to have discovered the webpages and look forward to really more fun times reading here. Thank you once again for a lot of things.

  7. Al Hadi AC Refrigration and Repairing is committed to giving your ACs a new lease of life. We have a team of experienced professionals which has serviced more than a 1000 units, much to the satisfaction of our clients. The effort at Al Hadi has always been to service a call in the shortest span of time and to close it with a happy client. The referrals we get is a testimony to our work. Try our services today!

  8. Al Hadi AC Refrigration and Repairing is committed to giving your ACs a new lease of life. We have a team of experienced professionals which has serviced more than a 1000 units, much to the satisfaction of our clients. The effort at Al Hadi has always been to service a call in the shortest span of time and to close it with a happy client. The referrals we get is a testimony to our work. Try our services today!

  9. Hello there, you’re definitely right. I always read through your site content thoroughly. I’m likewise fascinated with fruit diet, maybe you could talk about this from time to time. Have a great day!

  10. Thank you so much for this marvelous article! I definitely enjoyed finding out about it.I will ensure that I take note of the website and definitely will come back in the future. I wish to encourage you to keep on with the fine writing, maybe try to think of cool tech gadgets also, have a superb afternoon!

  11. There are actually some interesting points in time in this post but I do not know if I see all of them center to heart. There is certainly some validity but I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Excellent write-up , thanks and we want additional!

  12. My partner and I unquestionably enjoy your website and find almost all of the content to be exactly what I am searching for. Do you offer other people to create content for you? I wouldn’t mind composing a piece of text relating to single story house plans or maybe on most of the things you’re writing about here. Again, awesome information site!

  13. Thanks a ton for discussing this, I saved this webpage. I am furthermore attempting to find information around excel, are you aware where I can discover one thing like that? I’ll come back in a little while!

  14. Hey there, I am truly excited I came across your site, I really found you by error, while I was researching on Aol for Ethereum wallet. Anyways I’m here now and would really love to say many thanks for a remarkable write-up and the all round fun site (I also love the design), I do not have enough time to read through it entirely at the minute however I have book-marked it and even included the RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be returning to look over much more. Please do continue the wonderful job.

  15. Wonderful article, thank you for sharing the info. It isn’t too often that you simply read articles where the poster understands what they’re blogging about. Grammar as well as punctuational are spot on too, only trouble I seemed to have had been bringing up the site, appeared sluggish. Looks like other visitors experienced the same trouble?

  16. Appreciate your sharing the right to debate this valuable, I feel solidly in it and then really like browsing more about the idea idea. Whenever prospects, while achieve competency, will you beliefs adding your internet page because of furthermore help and advice? This is very for all of us.

  17. This is some useful material. It took me a while to unearth this site but it was worth the time. I noticed this website was buried in bing and not the number one spot. This weblog has a lot of decent stuff and it doesnt deserve to be burried in the searches like that. By the way I am going to save this weblog to my list of favorites.

  18. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. cheers

  19. Hi there! This is my first reply on this site so I just wanted to say a fast shout out and say I really enjoy reading your articles. Can you recommend any other websites that cover NYC summon? I’m as well highly fascinated with that thing! Thank you!

  20. Hi! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

  21. I’m definitely loving the theme/design of your internet site. Do you ever run into any browser compatibility troubles? A lot of my own blog audience have lamented about my speeding ticket website not operating appropriately in Internet Explorer though seems wonderful in Firefox. Have you got any kind of suggestions to assist correct the matter?

  22. I am typically to running a blog and i really appreciate your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your site and hold checking for brand spanking new information.

  23. ANPC is a free nation for and by the living men and women of the earth. This Private Nation is a grassroots association based out of Indonesia having its own International Charter, Peace Treaty, Constitution, Rules of conduct and has adopted the Declaration of Human Rights. These Treaties have been Registered by International Notice to the Hague and World Court as well as other agencies worldwide. The entire goal and mission of ANPC is WORLD PEACE and freedom for all the nationals of the world, focusing on a peaceful gathering together of all tribes and nations. Our living men and women are to live as Peaceful Inhabitants on the land, striving always to create a better world today and for future generations.

  24. I’m impressed, I have to say. Really not often do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you will have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is excellent; the problem is something that not sufficient people are talking intelligently about. I’m very completely satisfied that I stumbled throughout this in my seek for something relating to this.

  25. I used to be recommended this blog by means of my cousin. I’m no longer positive whether this submit is written by him as nobody else realize such detailed about my problem. You are incredible! Thank you!

  26. F*ckin’ awesome things here. I’m very satisfied to look your article. Thank you so much and i’m having a look forward to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here