CSRC Newsletter – November 2017

VOLUME 16, NUMBER 3

Director’s Message

On October 24 at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art annual benefit, CSRC director Chon A. Noriega presented senior art historian Tomás Ybarra-Frausto with the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History. Below is an excerpt of Noriega’s remarks. To read them in their entirety, click here.
 
I first met Tomás Ybarra-Frausto at Stanford University in 1989. I had been a PhD student for two years and was at a turning point. I was the first person in my family to graduate college, working full-time for over six years as I earned my BA. Now I could not see how academic work made a difference.
 
Meeting Tomás changed my life. He was gentle, good humored, generous. He seemed to speak in riddles as well as in dichos, or sayings drawn from everyday life. But he also participated in the larger world—by working with community-based and mainstream arts organizations, by writing rigorous scholarship for a general audience, and by doing the hard work of making a community larger than one’s own kind.
 
As a mentor, Tomás shared his way of being in the world, and he also shared his access within that world. The first things I ever received from Tomás were two boxes of his research files on Chicano cinema. These became the seed of my dissertation, which Tomás chaired. Tomás also made room for me at the table, putting me in his place as a contributor, curator, and participant in the CineFestival at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio. It is there that I would meet my peers who were also trying to make a difference.
 
The artifacts of Tomás’s commitments—his papers—are one of the most used collections at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. But it does not end there. Tomás has inspired an archival ethos across several generations. So when Tomás gave me those two boxes, it was a transformative gift that went beyond the documents themselves: the gift was in the compromiso or commitment that was required of me to accept these documents, add to them, and pass them on to others.
 
In the spirit of Tomás, I will end with two lessons that I learned from him.
 
First, mentoring matters. In Tomás I saw how to love a world beyond your control, and to search humbly for the contributions one could make. Dogma can be a comforting thing, it can even be right, but it is never compassionate, no matter what its political stripe. I can’t pretend to be anything like Tomás, but I can say that I do my best to support those around me who are trying to do their best, even if what they are trying to do conflicts with my own beliefs or goals.
 
Second, art matters. And no one understands that better than Tomás. We are in a moment that needs art, its space of reflection, its sense of beauty, and its striving for truth. If that sounds idealistic, or impractical, I agree with you: but I would also remind you that what we fight for today does not boil down to ideology, or policies, or resources, but something more fundamental: how we treat each other in our short time on Earth.
 
Chon A. Noriega
Director and Professor
 

News

Home closes at LACMA, reopens at MFAH
On October 15, the CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing closed at LACMA. It received over 130,000 visitors, of which almost 50 percent were first-time visitors to the museum. We now look forward to sharing the exhibition with audiences at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where it will be on view November 17, 2017, through January 21, 2018. An artists’ panel will kick off opening festivities on November 16 (see Events, below).
 
Torres-Gil gives LES briefings in Washington D.C.
Fernando Torres-Gil, CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee member, director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging at the Luskin School of Public Affairs, and lead investigator for the Latinos and Economic Security (LES) project, was among the project representatives who recently presented research and findings to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The group met with Lance Robertson, assistant secretary for aging, a position first held by Torres-Gil, during the Clinton Administration. To learn more about LES, visit http://latinoeconomicsecurity.org/.
 
Valenzuela appointed special advisor on immigration policy
The CSRC congratulates Abel Valenzuela, CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee member, Chicana/o studies faculty, and director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, on his new appointment as Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Immigration Policy. Valenzuela will assist Chancellor Block in informing the UCLA community of immigration policy changes affecting students, faculty, and staff. He will also guide the implementation of recommendations presented in a report published in July by the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Immigration Policy, which Valenzuela co-chaired with Asli Bâli, professor of law and director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies.
 
Ruiz to sponsor new Latin@ nursing student and alumni association
Maria Elena Ruiz, adjunct faculty in the UCLA School of Nursing (SON), former CSRC associate director, and current member of the CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee, will serve as faculty sponsor of LANSA, Latin@ Nursing Student-Alumni Association. This new association for UCLA SON students and alumni is designed to provide student support, advance leadership roles for Latino nurses, and increase representation and promote recruitment, among other goals. The association will have elected leadership positions and a community advisory board.
 
Osorio featured in the Daily Bruin
Jennifer Osorio, CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee member and UCLA Librarian for Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, and Spanish/Portuguese, shared some of the academic resources available on the UCLA campus in an October 11 video by the Daily Bruin.
 
Black to moderate muralists’ panel
CSRC associate director Charlene Villaseñor Black will moderate “Reflections of Tres Generaciones: East Los Streetscapers, Fabian Debora, and La Classe Art Academy” at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Thursday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m. The roundtable discussion will feature artists David Botello and Wayne A. Healy of East Los Streetscapers, Fabian Debora, who studied with Botello and Healy, and Debora’s students from La Classe Art Academy in downtown Los Angeles. They will share their stories on how art has transformed their realities. The event, organized by Ximena Martin, senior curator of public programs at LA Plaza, is being held in conjunction with ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege, a PST: LA/LA exhibition. For more information, visit http://lapca.org/.
 
La Raza programming celebrates girls’ stories
In conjunction with the exhibition La Raza, organized in collaboration with the CSRC, the Autry will present #GirlTalk, a public program featuring staff and participants from GlobalGirl Media, WriteGirl, and Las Fotos Project, who will discuss the importance of sharing girls’ stories and platforms that facilitate girls’ expression. Erik Greenberg, director of education and visitor engagement at the Autry and Sarah Wilson, education curator at the museum, will moderate. View GlobalGirl–produced media, hear readings from WriteGirl participants, and view a display of Las Fotos Project photographs. The event is Sunday, November 5, at 1:00 p.m. and is included with museum admission. For more information, visit https://theautry.org/events/lectures-and-workshops/girltalk.
 
Show and Tell programming commemorates The Plush Pony
In conjunction with the exhibition Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, organized in collaboration with the CSRC, the Vincent Price Art Museum will host “Art as Gendered and Queer Space + Plush Pony After Hours” on Saturday, November 4. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. with a panel discussion with artists Nao Bustamante, Carolyn Castaño, Alex Donis, Sebastian Hernandez, and Shizu Saldamando. Eve Oishi, associate professor of cultural studies at Claremont Graduate University, will moderate. The Plush Pony After Hours Party begins at 5:00 p.m., featuring DJ sets hosted by Guadalupe Rosales and include Crasslos, Brown Amy, and Adrian Rivas. The Plush Pony was an eastside L.A. bar, popular with working-class lesbians of color. In the 1990s, photographer Laura Aguilar captured the bar’s community in a photo series of the same name. For more information, visit http://vincentpriceartmuseum.org/genderedandqueer.html.
 
Black co-organizes annual campus Día de los Muertos event
CSRC associate director Charlene Villaseñor Black is again co-organizing the annual Día de los Muertos event in the UCLA residential village. The event, which is free and open to the community, takes place on Sunday, November 5, 6:00–9:00 p.m. at Sproul Hall. Enjoy pan de muerto, Mexican hot chocolate, and pan dulce along with traditional crafts: face painting, sugar skull decoration, and flower making. Providing entertainment will be mariachi musicians, a folkloric dance group, and other student performers. The event is sponsored by the Chicanx/Latinx Living/Learning Community, in collaboration with Chicanx/Latinx campus organizations, community partners, and resident assistants Isaac Felix, Clarissa Gomez, Guillermo Soria, and Rachel Medel.
 
Hernández to publish two articles
CSRC visiting scholar Bernadine Hernández will publish two articles in spring 2018. "Dying to Be Beautiful: (Re) Membering the Women of Juárez, the Commodification of Death, and the Non-Universal Standards of Beauty” will appear in Women Studies Quarterly, and “(Re) Signifying Gender and Sexuality for the Nueva Mexicana Historical Body: The Politics of Reading Place in Women’s Tales from the New Mexico WPA: La Diabla a Pie,” will appear in the edited collection Querencia: Essays on the New Mexico Homeland, to be published by the University of New Mexico Press. Hernández, an assistant professor of English at University of New Mexico, will present some of her research at the IAC Fall Forum (see Events, below).
 
Perreira presents on Chicana/o arts and environmentalism
CSRC visiting scholar and Ford fellow Christopher Perreira presented the paper “Sensing Partitions: Green Speculations and Barrio Logan’s Chicano Park” at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) conference at UC Berkeley, October 26–28. Perreira’s research examines environmentalism in Chicana/o arts, literature, and thought. He is an assistant professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Kansas.
 
Inaugural Sotheby’s Prize exhibition to include CSRC collections
The CSRC will lend materials from its collections to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University for its exhibition Pop América: 1965–1975. The exhibition was selected by Sotheby’s for its first Sotheby’s Prize for forthcoming exhibitions that explore underrepresented areas of art history. Curated by Esther Gabara, E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies at Duke, Pop América will open in October 2018 at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio and then move to the Nasher Museum. Gabara served on the advisory board for the exhibition La Raza, co-produced by the CSRC and on view at the Autry Museum of the American West through February 2019.
 
Noriega moderates discussion with Gamboa, Rosales, and Gomez
As part of the October 28 event “See What You Mean: An Evening of Insurrections with Harry Gamboa Jr.,” CSRC director Chon A. Noriega moderated a discussion between Gamboa, who is a Getty Artist Project artist-in residence, and artists Guadalupe Rosales and Ramiro Gomez. The event included a performance by Willie Herrón, a member of the Chicano artist group Asco, which also included Gamboa, Gronk, and Patssi Valdez. “See What You Mean” was organized as part of PST: LA/LA. Images can be found on Gamboa’s blog, here. The CSRC Library holds collections donated by Rosales and Gomez.
 
Black in public conversation with Hernández
On Saturday, October 28, CSRC associate director Charlene Villaseñor Black led a public discussion with artist Judithe Hernández about the PST: LA/LA exhibition Judithe Hernández and Patssi Valdez: One Path Two Journeys at the Millard Sheets Art Center in Pomona. The show closes January 28, 2018.
 
Carrasco profiled in LA Weekly
LA Weekly profiled Barbara Carrasco, a Bruin and an L.A. Xicano artist whose work is included in Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, now on view at the Hammer Museum. Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, co-curator of the PST: LA/LA exhibition and former CSRC visiting scholar, was also interviewed for the story. Carrasco's work also can be seen in ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals Under Siege at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes through February 2018 and at Union Station until October 22. Carrasco, a longtime collaborator with the CSRC, took part in the groundbreaking Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation exhibition (1990–93); the CARA papers are in the CSRC archive. The story can be found here. (PDF)
 
New videos on CSRC YouTube
 
  • Deconstructing the Meaning of Home (October 16, 2017) (video)  “The Daily 360,” a New York Times video feature, presented CSRC director and Home co-curator Chon A. Noriega giving a brief tour of the exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing at LACMA. The video was designed to provide 360-degree views of the galleries when viewed on The New York Times website. Video by Sue Ding, Kaitlyn Mullin, and Neeti Upadhye courtesy of The New York Times.
  • Performance Tour of Home—So Different So Appealing at LACMA (October 13, 2017) (video) Cuban American performance artiste Carmelita Tropicana and filmmaker Ela Troyano gave a performance tour of Home—So Different So Appealing at LACMA on Friday, October 13, as an ending celebration of the show's run at the museum. The CSRC-organized exhibition, curated by Chon A. Noriega, Mari Carmen Ramírez, and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, was on display at LACMA from June 11, 2017–October 15, 2017. This video was recorded by the CSRC for Facebook Live.
  • The CSRC 2017 Annual Open House Feat: Carmelita Tropicana and Ela Troyano (October 12, 2017) (video) At this year’s CSRC Open House, CSRC director Chon A. Noriega discussed CSRC resources, programs, and projects, including three CSRC-organized exhibitions on view at the time: La Raza (Autry Museum of American West), Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell (Vincent Price Art Museum), and Home—So Different, So Appealing (LACMA). The program included a special appearance by performance artist Carmelita Tropicana and filmmaker Ela Troyano, who previewed a surprise happening to take place in the Home exhibition galleries on October 13.
  • Talk: Salomón Huerta, UC Regents’ Lecturer, in conversation with Rose G. Salseda (October 11, 2017) (video) The CSRC was pleased to welcome painter Salomón Huerta, UC Regents' Lecturer for Fall 2017, and Rose G. Salseda, associate director of the U.S. Latinx Art Forum, to discuss the topic of art and identity. Huerta is a critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist. Raised in the Ramona Gardens public housing project in Boyle Heights, he holds degrees from Art Center College of Design (BFA) and UCLA (MFA). Salseda is a Ford fellow and PhD candidate in art history at the University of Texas, Austin. This video was recorded by the CSRC for Facebook Live.
  • HOME: Leyla Cárdenas on Excision – Artist Interview (October 2, 2017) (video) Artist Leyla Cárdenas explains how she made Excision (2012), on display in the CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing. Video produced by LACMA.
  • HOME: Daniel Joseph Martinez on The House America Built - Artist Interview (August 8, 2017) (video) Artist Daniel Joseph Martinez explains how he made The House America Built (2017), on display in the CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing. Video produced by LACMA.
  • HOME: Carmen Argote on 720 Sq. Ft.: Household Mutations – Artist Interview (August 8, 2017) (video) L.A.-based artist Carmen Argote explains the process of creating 720 Sq. Ft.: Household Mutations (2010), on display in the CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing. Video produced by LACMA.
  • Home—So Different, So Appealing at LACMA – Exhibition Trailer (June 20, 2017) (video) A trailer for the exhibition, which features U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the late 1950s to the present who have used the deceptively simple idea of "home" as a powerful lens through which to view the profound socioeconomic and political transformations in the hemisphere. Video produced by LACMA.

CSRC in the News

“Love Latin American, Latino Art? Southern California's Massive Exhibit, Pacific Standard Time”
NBC News covered the arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Included in the roundup is a photo from the La Raza exhibition at the Autry Museum, courtesy of the CSRC, and an image of the artwork 720 Sq. Ft.: Household Mutations by Carmen Argote, featured in the CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing at LACMA.
nbcnews.com, October 30, 2017 (PDF)
 
“The Architecture of the Americas Is Not White”
In an opinion piece discussing the Mexican culture of Southwest America, the CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing was mentioned for its theme, which celebrates relations between various cultures and countries.
Dezeen, October 24, 2017 (PDF)
Reprinted in 3noviceseurope.wordpress.com, October 24, 2017
 
“Para Las Duras and Other Ephemeral Bodies: Queer Chicanx Social Spaces”
L.A.-based artist and photographer Laura Aguilar was featured in an article about the Chicanx queer community in Los Angeles. Several images by Laura Aguilar were included in the piece, courtesy of the CSRC and the artist.
Terremoto, October 23, 2017 (PDF)
 
“UCLA Professor’s Film Documents Forced Sterilization of Mexican Women in Late ’60s and Early ’70s L.A.”
UCLA Newsroom previewed a screening event featuring the Academy and Emmy-award nominated documentary No Más Bebés. Some of the research for the film was conducted at the CSRC, using the Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez Sterilization Papers.
UCLA Newsroom, October 23, 2017 (PDF)
 
“Datebook: A Persian Epic, a Lost City from ‘Superman,’ the Return of Pop-Up Magazine”
The Los Angeles Times mentioned Home artist Carmen Argote for her work appearing in Pyramids at Panel LA, at ProyectosLA, and in the CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing.
Los Angeles Times, October 19, 2017 (PDF)
 
“The Big Lie”
Several images from the CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing appeared in an Art Practical essay questioning the long-term impact of the arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
Art Practical, October 19, 2017 (PDF)
 
“Home—So Different, So Appealing/Hogar—Tan Diferente, Tan Atractivo”
The CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing was profiled in Relieve Contemporaneo. Several images and a video from the exhibit, courtesy of LACMA, are included in the piece.
Relieve Contemporaneo, October 18, 2017 (PDF)
 
“Deconstructing the Meaning of Home”
The New York TimesThe Daily 360” featured CSRC director and Home co-curator Chon A. Noriega giving a brief tour of Home—So Different, So Appealing at LACMA. The video provides 360-degree views of the galleries.
New York Times, October 16, 2017
Highlighted in newsroom.ucla.edu, October 17, 2017
 
“Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Nuevas Narrativas del arte Latinoamericano”
CSRC director Chon A. Noriega was mentioned in a piece highlighting Pacific Standard Time: LA/ LA exhibitions. Noriega is a co-curator of the PST: LA/LA exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing.
Revista Código, October 11, 2017 (PDF)
 
“Set Your Clocks to PST”
This piece on Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA highlighted the CSRC-organized exhibit Home—So Different, So Appealing.
Art Zealous, October 10, 2017 (PDF)
 
“5 Design Things to Do This Week”
The CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing at LACMA was featured in a column highlighting design and architecture events of the week in Los Angeles. 
KCRW Blog–Design & Architecture, October 9, 2017 (PDF)
 
“Review: Laura Aguilar at the Vincent Price Museum: Turning a Lens Towards Latinas, Lesbians and the Large-Bodied”
The Los Angeles Times featured a review of the exhibition Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, on display at the Vincent Price Art Museum through February 10, 2018. The images presented in the show and review are courtesy of the artist and the CSRC.
Los Angeles Times, October 7, 2017 (PDF)
Los Angeles Times, October 29, 2017 (print edition) (PDF)
 
“Archives of American Art Benefit in NYC honors Sharon Percy Rockefeller, Glenn Ligon, and Tomás Ybarra-Frausto”
ArtfixDaily announced the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art will honor scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto with the Lawrence A. Fleishman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History. CSRC director Chon A. Noriega will present the award at a ceremony in New York City on October 24.
ArtfixDaily, October 4, 2017 (PDF)
 
“Unearthing the Photos of La Raza, Unsung Chronicler of Chicano Stories in LA”
The Columbia Journalism Review profiled La Raza, organized in collaboration with the CSRC and on view at the Autry Museum of the American West. Several images from the exhibit, courtesy of the CSRC, are featured in the piece.
Columbia Journalism Review, October 2, 2017 (PDF)
 
“The Past Is Present”
La Raza was profiled in the Los Angeles Magazine. The exhibition is on display at the Autry through February 10, 2019.
Los Angeles Magazine, October 2, 2017 (PDF)
 
“Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Photo Essay #1”
The CSRC was mentioned in an article discussing Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Included in the piece are several photos from the CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing at LACMA and La Raza at the Autry Museum of the American West.
Arte el Día, October 2, 2017 (PDF)
 
“ECUADOR: LA/LA: América Latina arribó a Los Ángeles”
The CSRC-organized exhibit Home—So Different, So Appealing was mentioned in Entorno Inteligente for its participation in the arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, running through January 2018.
Entorno Inteligente, October 1, 2017 (PDF)
Reprinted in www.elcomercio.comOctober 2, 2017
 
“Camilo Ontiveros on Making Art from the Belongings of a DACA Deportee”
Home artist Camilo Ontiveros was featured in a video on the Los Angeles Times website discussing his sculpture Temporary Storage: The Belongings of Juan Manuel Montes.
Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2017
 
“Four Must-See Art Shows that Speak to the Anxiety Triggered by Trump’s DACA Reversal”
Four art exhibitions were named in the Los Angeles Times for how they address DACA and its recent reversal by the Trump administration. Artist Camilo Ontiveros was mentioned in the article for his sculpture Temporary Storage: The Belongings of Juan Manuel Montes in the CSRC-organized exhibit Home—So Different, So Appealing.
Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2017 (PDF)
 
“Curator and Educator Chon Noriega Discusses Protest and Activism in Latin American and Latino Art”
LAist interviewed CSRC director Chon A. Noriega about the links between art and activism throughout Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The exhibitions mentioned in the piece include Home—So Different, So Appealing, La Raza, and Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, all organized in part by the CSRC.
LAist,
September 12, 2017 (PDF)
 
“Preview: The Autry Presents ‘La Raza’”
L.A. Taco previewed the exhibition La Raza, co-produced by the CSRC and on view at the Autry Museum of the American West through January 2019. The piece includes images from the show, courtesy of the La Raza photographers and the CSRC.
L.A. Taco, September 7, 2017 (PDF)
 
“Raphael Montañez Ortiz”
Art in America featured a review of LAXART’s exhibit Raphael Montañez Ortiz, which included a piano destruction performance at the opening reception. The CSRC library is home to the Ortiz papers, selections from which were on display in the exhibition.
Art in America, September 1, 2017 (PDF)
 
SWISS Magazine mentions Home
The CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing was mentioned in the “Cultural Highlights” section of the September issue of SWISS Magazine.
SWISS Magazine, August 31, 2017 (PDF)
 
“Fall Preview: Art x Cuba, Abstracting History, Adiós Utopia & More”
Cuban Art News highlighted the CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing as part of a piece on the Getty-funded arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
Cuban Art News, August 31, 2017 (PDF)
 
“’I’m Not Racist, I’m Argentine!’”
CSRC visiting scholar Celia Lacayo, whose research focuses on colorism and racism in Southern California, was asked to comment on an argument between a Mexican street vendor and an Argentine pedestrian in Hollywood. The conflict was captured on video in July and quickly went viral.
WAMU.org, August 30, 2017 (PDF)
 
“For Latino Artists in Sci-Fi Show, Everyone’s an Alien”
The CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing is mentioned in an article discussing a few of the PST: LA/LA exhibitions. Also mentioned was Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, to which the CSRC lent materials. It will be on display at the University of California, Riverside, through February 4, 2018.
The New York Times, August 25, 2017 (PDF)
 
“Pacific Standard Time: Latin American Art Sweeps Southern California”
CSRC director and Home co-curator Chon A. Noriega is quoted in a piece discussing Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The CSRC was part of the original planning committee for the Getty-funded arts initiative.
Departures, August 24, 2017 (PDF)
 
All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.
 

Events

IAC Fall Forum and Reception
Thursday, November 2, 4:00
6:30 p.m.
UCLA James West Alumni Center
The UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) hosts its annual Fall Forum, featuring presentations and a reception honoring the 2017–18 IAC visiting researchers and scholars, graduate and predoctoral fellows, and research grant awardees at UCLA’s four ethnic studies centers, including the CSRC. This event is free, but please RSVP here. The CSRC is a co-sponsor of this event.
 
Panel: “Indivisible and the Resistance”
Tuesday, November 7, 3:30–5:00pm
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355
Indivisible is a nonprofit organization that seeks to build a progressive grassroots network of local groups to resist the political agenda of the Trump administration. Billy Fleming, co-author of the Indivisible Guide, an online document that provides a blueprint for activism at the local level, and Zacharie Boisvert, a Southern California organizer for Indivisible, will lead a conversation on the topic of race and resistance. It will be moderated by Ananya Roy, professor of urban planning, social welfare, and geography and director of the UCLA Institute on Inequality and Democracy. Additional speakers are Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, assistant director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center; Laure Murat, professor of French and francophone studies; and Abel Valenzuela Jr., professor of Chicana/o studies and urban planning, director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, and special advisor to the chancellor on immigration policy. The event is organized by the UCLA Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA and co-sponsored by the CSRC.
 
Talk: Nonny de la Peña presents “Immersive Journalism, Breaking the Frame, and the Gender Struggle in Virtual Reality”
Monday, November 13, 4:00
6:00 p.m.
UCLA Faculty Center - Sequoia Room
Journalist, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and entrepreneur Nonny de la Peña will discuss how immersive journalism can function as a vehicle for change by engaging the senses of viewers. She will speak to the way this approach is informed by feminism and how gender inequity in the tech sector shapes her work. RSVP online here. In addition, de la Peña will present work that uses a virtual reality headset. A limited number of individual appointments to experience this work are available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; request an appointment here. Organized by the Center for the Study of Women. The CSRC is a co-sponsor of this event.
 
Screening: Dolores
Monday, November 13, 6:00
9:00 p.m.
James Bridges Theater, UCLA
The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the UCLA Food Studies Graduate Certificate Program present Dolores, a documentary that tells the story of Dolores Huerta, a feminist and leader who fought for racial and labor justice for farm workers with César Chávez. Camila Chávez, executive director of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and daughter of Dolores Huerta and Richard Chávez, will do a Q&A following the screening. RSVP by November 7 here. Parking is available in Lot 3 for $12. The CSRC is a co-sponsor of this event.
 
Panel: “Multiple InJustices: Indigenous Women, Law, and Political Struggle in Latin America”
Thursday, November 16, 4:006:00 p.m.
Bunche Hall, Room 6275
The UCLA American Indian Studies Center presents an intergenerational dialogue with R. Aída Hernández Castillo, professor and senior researcher at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology, Mexico City. Also participating are Shannon Speed (Chickasaw), director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and associate professor of gender studies and anthropology, and Brenda Nicolas (Zapotec), doctoral candidate in the UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies. Light refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by the CSRC. RSVP here.  
 
Artists’ Conversation: Home—So Different, So Appealing
Thursday, November 16, 6:308:30 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts, HoustonLaw Building, 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005
Home—So Different, So Appealing is an exhibition showcasing works by nearly forty U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the late 1950s to the present who use the universal concept of “home” as a lens through which to view socioeconomic and political changes in the Americas over the past seven decades. This free discussion presents insights from artists featured in the exhibition and from the curators. An exhibition viewing and reception precede the conversation. Panel participants include artists Abraham Cruzvillegas, Mondongo (Juliana Laffitte and Manuel Mendanha), Daniel Joseph Martinez, and Amalia Mesa-Bains, and curators Mari Carmen Ramírez, Chon A. Noriega, and Pilar Tompkins Rivas. This program is free; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Exhibition: Home—So Different, So Appealing
November 17, 2017January 21, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the CSRC, the exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing explores how contemporary U.S. Latino and Latin American artists address the concept of “home.” Home is curated by Chon Noriega, CSRC director; Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, director of the Vincent Price Art Museum. It is part of the Getty-led arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
 
All CSRC events are free and do not require an RSVP unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change. For the most current information, visit the Events page on the CSRC website.


CSRC Library

Flores provides instruction to intro Chicana/o studies students
On October 11–13, CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores spoke to 153 students in Chicana/o Studies 10A: “Introduction to Chicana/o Studies” about the center’s resources and provided them with research techniques that will be useful for their final projects. The class is taught this fall by Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano studies and African American studies.
 
Flores participates on archive panels
On October 13, CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores was among the roundtable panelists at the event “Issues in Digital Archiving: Collection Sustainability,” the first in series of talks presented by the UCLA Digital Archiving Collective. Flores spoke about the sustainability of digital records in a community archive and its current challenges. On October 21, at the LA as Subject: 12th Annual Archives Bazaar at USC, she discussed the CSRC's contributions to several PST: LA/LA exhibitions.
 
Flores represents CSRC at CYLC
On October 14, CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores spoke at the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference Career Fair, sponsored by the Sal Castro Foundation. The fair took place at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu and 110 students attended. The CSRC archive holds the Sal Castro Collection.
 
Resource updates
An updated version of the Ron Lopez Papers is now available on the Online Archives of California, thanks to CSRC archives specialist Doug Johnson, who is upgrading all CSRC finding aids. In addition, CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores created a new brochure celebrating the CSRC’s LGBT collections. The brochure was handed out at this year’s UCLA LBGT Resource Fair on October 6. The brochure is available in the main office and in the library.
 
New collection donation
The CSRC received a new collection this month from Lenor de Cruz, a UCLA and UC Berkeley alum, who was active in social justice causes during the civil rights movement in Oakland. She was one of the first members of Comité de México y Aztlán, a grassroots Chicano and Mexican news monitoring service that ran from 1972 to 1980. Her father, Miguel Patrick de Cruz, was a teacher and was active in local politics in Los Angeles. He also documented murals in East Los Angeles. The CSRC now holds these slides, taken in 1975.
 
Ortiz exhibition continues
Raphael Montañez Ortiz: Shred Your Worries and Other Destructions highlights three works that the multimedia artist created for the LA Art Show in January 2017: Shred Your WorriesCouch Destruction: Angel Release (Pennies from Heaven), and Piano Destruction Ritual: Cowboy and Indian, Part Two. The exhibition also displays key documents from throughout the artist’s career, from his “Destructivism Second Manifesto,” written for the Destruction in Art Symposium in London in 1966 to “digital experiments” conducted in the early 2000s. This exhibition highlights the Raphael Montañez Ortiz Papers at the CSRC Library, an extensive collection spanning eight decades that includes audiovisual materials, correspondence, ephemera, exhibition documentation, manuscripts, performance scripts, personal papers, photographs, printed materials, and academic publications. Curated by CSRC librarian and archivist Xaviera Flores, the exhibition will be on display through December in the CSRC Library and hallway vitrines. It is viewable during regular library hours, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Ortiz, recipient of the UCLA Medal, is also a featured artist in the CSRC-organized exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing.
 
To schedule a tour of the CSRC Library, contact CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores at xflores@chicano.ucla.edu.
 

CSRC Press

New digital-only subscription option for Aztlán
Digital-only subscriptions are now available to institutions and individuals. All subscribers receive online access to every issue of Aztlán. For information about digital-only subscriptions, visit
 
Altermundos wins book award
Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture, edited by Cathryn Josefina Merla-Watson and B. V. Olguín, won First Place, Best Cover Illustration, at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards. The illustration, Amor Alien (2004), is by Laura Molina.
 

Opportunities

Faculty Position in Latino Social, Economic, and Political Issues
The Luskin School of Public Affairs, in partnership with the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) at UCLA, seeks a professor in the general fields of Latino social, economic, and political issues. (A starting full professor may be appointed under extraordinary circumstances.) A successful applicant should be appointable in one or more of three departments in the Luskin School of Public Affairs: Public Policy, Social Welfare, or Urban Planning.
 
The Luskin School is an interdisciplinary environment that focuses on human well-being at every level of analysis. As part of this mission, the School, the CSRC, and UCLA’s Division of Social Sciences have launched the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, with the goal of establishing a multi-faceted think tank working on a broad range of challenges faced by the California Latino plurality. Latinos in the US face a multitude of challenges beyond immigration, including issues such as voting rights, environmental racism, K12 educational equity, quality health care, job opportunities, higher education access, worker protection, and criminal justice reform among many others. Scholars of all methodological traditions, interested in any of these substantive areas, as well as others, are invited to apply.
 
Applicants should hold a PhD in social welfare, public policy, urban planning or any of the cognate fields of sociology, political science, psychology, economics, law, etc., and be interested in problem-driven research and teaching. The Luskin School offers master’s degrees in the three fields, doctoral degrees in urban planning and social welfare, and in 2018 will be launching an undergraduate major in public affairs. In addition to three departments, the School has several large and thriving research institutes focused on various aspects of governance, social well-being, and solution seeking for challenging issues.
 
Position is opened until filled, but early inquiries are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 26, 2017. To apply, go to UC Recruit, submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample/representative publications and three letters of recommendation to: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03332. For questions related to the position, please contact Julie Straub at jstraub@luskin.ucla.edu. For the full listing, visit
 
IAC Visiting Scholar Fellowship Program in Ethnic Studies 
The Institute of American Cultures offers in-residence appointments to support research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os. We especially encourage applications that advance our understanding of new social and cultural realities occasioned by the dramatic population shifts of recent decades, including greater heterogeneity within ethnic groups and increased interethnic contact.

The 2018-19 IAC Visiting Scholars will receive funding for one or more quarters, with an approximate funding of $35,000 for three quarters (contingent upon rank, experience, and date of completion of their terminal degree). In the event that an award is for less than three quarters the stipend will be prorated in accordance with the actual length of the award. Visiting scholars who have a home institution, these funds can be used to supplement sabbatical support for the total that does not exceed the candidate’s current institutional salary. These visiting scholars will be paid through their home institution and will be expected to continue their health benefits through that source. Visiting scholars who do not have a home institution will receive funding for living expenses and may be eligible for health benefits. In the event that an award is for less than the nine-month appointment, the funds will be prorated in accordance with the actual length of the award. Awardees may receive up to $4,000 in research support. The Bunche Center for African American Studies will not have a visiting scholar this academic year.
 
Eligibility Requirements 
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and hold a PhD from an accredited college or university (or, in the case of the arts, an appropriate terminal degree) in a relevant field at the time of appointment. UCLA faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply.
 
Deadline 
Applications are available November 1, 2017. Completed applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. January 11, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in March.

Application is available online at: https://sa.ucla.edu/IAC/VisitingScholar 
 
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