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Chicana/o RemixArt and Errata Since the Sixties$
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Karen Mary Davalos

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479877966

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479877966.001.0001

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Chicana/o Art Collectors

Chicana/o Art Collectors

Critical Witness to Invisibility and Emplacement

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Chicana/o Remix

Karen Mary Davalos

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes the work of Chicana/o art collectors not as individuals consumed by idiosyncratic obsessions but as a collective of critical witnesses who challenge historical and aesthetic amnesia. Chicana/o art collectors acquire and preserve the cultural patrimony of Chicana/o communities, broadly defined, and thus construct a sense of place for these imagined communities. Rejecting the conventional view that collectors are narcissists, the chapter explores how collectors who are racialized as nonwhite offer new ideas about cultural production and how these sites and practices of collecting embody the public emplacement of Chicana/o art.

Keywords:   private collector, critical witness, emplacement, art collecting, identity, community, collecting, cultural production

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