CSRC Newsletter - April 2019

VOLUME 17,  NUMBER 7

DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

April 3 marked the official opening of the CSRC exhibition The 1968 Walkouts: Selections from UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Collections at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights. The exhibition was installed in the school library as part of a ten-year loan from the CSRC. The opening commenced with music provided by Roosevelt’s own mariachi group. Students, parents, school staff, and members of the community walked around the library to view the forty-one photographs taken during the walkouts, many of which were taken at Roosevelt. Some of the older community members looked at the images and reflected on their involvement in the walkouts and other civil rights actions.
 
After the mariachi performance, Monica Garcia, president of the LAUSD Board of Education, spoke about the significance of the exhibition for Roosevelt High School students and the Boyle Heights community. She noted that the school’s students made history in 1968 and that it was important for students today to be aware of their activism. Then, several current students presented research projects on the walkouts that they had created in their ethnic studies courses. Two students read the list of student demands that had energized the 1968 protest. They noted where progress has been made but also where the public education system continues to fail the Chicana/o community.
 
As I sat listening to school staff and students, I began to consider that progress. A lot has indeed changed at Roosevelt, my alma mater, since I attended in the mid-1960s. In his introductory remarks, Ben Gertner, the school’s principal, spoke about Roosevelt’s efforts to help students succeed academically and to prepare them for college. Today the school is proud of the number of Roosevelt graduates who are college bound. I do not recall the principal ever mentioning high expectations for Mexican American students when I attended Roosevelt. In the 1960s, nearly 50 percent of Roosevelt students were pushed out before graduation. For many, their greatest ambition was to work in the service sector. Also, during my time at Roosevelt no teacher would have assigned a research project focusing on Chicana/o history, and there were no ethnic studies courses. Finally, as community members and parents commented on the presentations and exhibition, many spoke in Spanish. The Roosevelt I knew had a “No Spanish” rule for students, and because few staff spoke Spanish at that time, the school did not consider parents a resource. Needless to say, mariachi music on the campus was unheard of.
 
The CSRC is proud to share this exhibition with the Roosevelt community. It provides a look at a major event in Chicana/o history and demonstrates what can happen when a community demands change. 
 
Carlos Manuel Haro
CSRC Assistant Director Emeritus
 
The 1968 Walkouts: Selections from UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Collections was curated by Carlos Manuel Haro and Bryant Partida, with assistance from Johnny Ramirez and Oscar Castillo. Partida and Ramirez graduated in spring 2018 from the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies. The framed images in the exhibition are drawn from the CSRC’s La Raza Photograph Collection and Oscar Castillo Photograph Collection.

 

NEWS

Critical Mission Studies holds launch meeting with community partners
On March 29, the principal investigators on the two-year CSRC-based research project “Critical Mission Studies at California’s Crossroads” met with California Indian community leaders for a one-day partners’ meeting at UC Riverside. The project is funded by the University of California Multicampus Research Program Initiative (MRPI) and aims to rewrite exclusionary narratives about California’s missions based on new research. The meeting was designed to encourage participation from community partners to help shape the direction and goals of the study. The UC principal investigators on the project are professors Jennifer Hughes (UC Riverside), Ross Frank (UC San Diego), Renya Ramirez (UC Santa Cruz), and Charlene Villaseñor Black (UCLA).
 
Black to give public talks
On April 11, Charlene Villaseñor Black, CSRC associate director and professor of art history and Chicana/o studies, will give the talk “Empowering Women: A Focus on Mexican Photographer Graciela Iturbide and Other Mexicana/Latina Artists” at Ventura College New Media Gallery. In this illustrated presentation, Black will discuss Iturbide’s empowering images of women in Oaxaca and make comparisons to other Mexicana and Latina artists, past and present. The talk will be presented in conjunction with exhibition Empoderamienta: The Art of Latina Artists, on view at the gallery through April 18.
 
On April 19, Black will deliver the keynote address at the 2019 Berkeley/Stanford Symposium, which will take place at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This year’s conference title is “The Outsiders,” which refers to the theme of “outsider” art. Black’s lecture, “Decolonizing Art History? Chicanx Studies and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz,” will position Mexican painter Miguel Cabrera’s 1750 posthumous portrait of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in conversation with contemporary Chicana portrayals of Mexico’s famed “tenth muse.” Black’s address will ask, “What does it mean to move outside of art history’s canonical boundaries? Can the tools of Chicanx studies decolonize art history?” For more information and to register, click here.
 
Diaz wins book award
Ella Maria Diaz, associate professor in English and Latina/o Studies at Cornell University, was awarded the 2019 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCA) book award for Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force (University of Texas Press, 2017). The award recognizes an outstanding new book in the field of Chicana and Chicano studies. Diaz received the award at the NACCS annual conference, April 3–6, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Diaz published the article “The Necessary Theater of the Royal Chicano Air Force” in the fall 2013 issue of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and is spotlighted here. She is the author of the forthcoming book José Montoya, part of the A Ver: Revisioning Art History book series from CSRC Press.
 
Hernandez named Lifka Chair
The CSRC congratulates Kelly Lytle Hernandez, professor of history and African American studies, interim director of the Bunche Center for African American Studies, and former CSRC associate director, on being appointed The Thomas E. Lifka Chair in History. In addition, Hernandez was recently elected to the Society of American Historians.
 
Carpio publishes book
The CSRC congratulates Genevieve Carpio, assistant professor of Chicana/o studies and CSRC faculty advisory committee member, on the publication of her first book, Collisions at the Crossroads How Place and Mobility Make Race (University of California Press, 2019). In the book, Carpio examines how the ability or inability of people to travel influenced the racial formation of Los Angeles’s eastern suburbs as well as the Inland Empire throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A book signing and reception will be held on May 30, 4:00–6:00 p.m. in the CSRC Library.
 
Yahalom publishes book
Jonathan Yahalom, clinical psychologist and CSRC visiting scholar in 2017-18, has published his first book, Caring for the People of the Clouds: Aging and Dementia in Oaxaca (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019). In the book, Yahalom explores the challenges of providing care in Oaxaca, Mexico, a community where illness is steeped in stigma, and considers how approaches to aging, dementia, and caregiving reflect macro-level social change. A book signing will be held April 13, 7:30-9:00 p.m., at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. An RSVP is requested here.
 
2019-20 IUPLR-Mellon dissertation fellows announced
Chicana/o studies graduate student LeighAnna Hidalgo and art history graduate student Carlos A. Rivas have been named the UCLA recipients of 2019-20 dissertation-completion fellowships offered by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) and the Mellon Foundation. Hidalgo and Rivas will be part of a national cohort of outstanding doctoral students from five universities. Fellowships include a stipend, mentorship, and participation in the IUPLR conference and summer institute. The CSRC is a founding member of the IUPLR and contributed to establishing this fellowship program for students who are writing dissertations focused on Chicana/o or Latina/o studies and utilizing humanities-based research methods.
 
CSRC hires business assistant
The CSRC is pleased to welcome Joey Silva as its new business assistant. Silva obtained a bachelor’s degree in communications from Cal State Long Beach, and prior to his employment at the CSRC he served as business coordinator for the physics and astronomy department at Texas A&M University. In his position at the CSRC, Silva will provide administrative fiscal support for all CSRC operations. Welcome, Joey!
 
Torres featured in CSRC Post
Prior to his career in government, retired US congressman Esteban Torres was a labor organizer and activist. In a new blog entry on CSRC Post, CSRC archives specialist Doug Johnson examines the Esteban Torres Papers at the CSRC and explores how Torres sought change by working from the progressive margins of the system before becoming an influential Latino leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read the post and subscribe!
 
2019-20 Chicana/o studies PhD cohort visits CSRC
On March 13, CSRC associate director and Aztlán editor Charlene Villasenor Black, CSRC assistant director Rebecca Epstein, and CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores welcomed students admitted to the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies PhD program. Seven students were offered admission to the program, beginning this fall. The students visited the CSRC Library and were introduced to the many services and opportunities the CSRC offers for academic and professional growth. We look forward to working with these graduate students in the years ahead.
 
De la Loza named FOCA fellow
Sandra de la Loza, artist and CSRC visiting scholar in 2010-11, has been named a 2019 Fellow of Contemporary Art (FOCA). The fellowship supports mid-career artists in recognition of their significant contributions to the California art scene. An exhibition called Trigger Points, featuring artworks by the three 2019 fellows—de la Loza, Clarissa Tossin, and Laub—will open Saturday, April 13, 6:30–9:30 p.m., at the FOCA gallery, 970 N. Broadway, in Chinatown. For more information, click here.
 
Frontera Collection receives support from NEH
The Arhoolie Foundation has been awarded a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize 16,000 recordings in the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings, which dates from the late-1920s to the mid-1990s. Over 130,000 recordings are currently available online through the Frontera Collection website developed by the UCLA Digital Library Program in collaboration with the Arhoolie Foundation and the CSRC. An exhibition featuring the collection, plus a listening station, is currently on view at the UCLA Music Library (see Library, below). Visit the collection site at http://frontera.library.ucla.edu/

 

CSRC IN THE NEWS

“How Photographer Laura Aguilar Uplifted Queer, Chicano Identities”
Chicago Magazine published a feature on the acclaimed exhibition Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, which is now on view at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago through August 18. The exhibition was organized by the Vincent Price Art Museum in collaboration with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.   
Chicago Magazine, March 28, 2019 (PDF)
 
“Meet Ventura County's 'She-Ro,' a 90-Year-Old Whose Impact Is Felt from City Hall to D.C.”
Ventura County Star profiled Chicana feminist and environmental activist Lupe Anguiano on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday in an article and video. The CSRC holds the Lupe Anguiano Papers, 1944–2007 and hosts the Lupe Anguiano Leadership Scholarship Fund.   
Ventura County Star, March 16, 2019 (PDF)
 
“Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975”
An announcement on e-flux for the exhibition Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, mentioned CSRC director Chon A. Noriega as a panelist for a related event, “Artists Respond: A Symposium,” held on March 15. Noriega discussed how artists of the Vietnam War era addressed their varied experiences of the war period through artwork.  
e-flux, March 15, 2019 (PDF)
 
“Up From the Ashes: Charlotte Lerchenmuller”
UCLA Daily Bruin produced a video of Charlotte Lerchenmuller, president of the Sal Castro Foundation, in which Lerchenmuller reflects on the history of the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference (CYLC) at Camp Hess Kramer. The camp, co-founded by late Mexican-American education activist Sal Castro (Lechenmuller’s husband), was severely damaged by the Woolsey fire in November 2018. Carlos Haro, CSRC assistant director emeritus, is also interviewed. The CSRC holds the Sal Castro Collection.
UCLA Daily Bruin, March 15, 2019 (PDF)
 
“New Anthology of Essays about Chicana and Chicano Art Edited by Arts Professor Jennifer González”
A press release from UC Santa Cruz Newscenter promoted the recently published anthology Chicano and Chicana Art: A Critical Anthology from Duke University Press, which was co-edited by Jennifer A. González, C. Ondine Chavoya, Terezita Romo, and CSRC director Chon A. Noriega.
UC Santa Cruz Newscenter, March 14, 2019 (PDF)
 
“Record Label Opens the Door to Chicano Culture in Japan”
Former CSRC visiting scholar Atsuko Niitsu was quoted in a piece by Al Día about interest in and influence of Chicano culture in Japan.
Al Día , March 12, 2019 (PDF)
 
“Los Angeles City Historical Society Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony”
A listing announcing the Los Angeles City Historical Society Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony appeared in Broadway World. This year’s honorees include CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores, who was selected to receive the 2019 Archives Education and Advocacy Award.
Broadway World, February 08, 2019 (PDF)
 
All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.
 

EVENTS

Performance: “Evangeline, Queen of Make-Believe”
April 4-14
Plaza de la Raza, Margo Albert Theater, 3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031
About … Productions presents Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe, a musical about an Eastside high school graduate who is a devoted daughter by day and a West Hollywood go-go dancer by night. Evangeline incorporates a Grammy Award–winning songbook by Louie Pérez and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. The Evangeline remount is part of the two-year Evangeline Initiative, which launched in 2018 and expands opportunities for highest-risk and educationally disadvantaged youth to learn about the Chicano movement and civil rights actions of 1968. This production is co-sponsored by the CSRC. For tickets and more information, click here.
 
Book Talk:  Timothy A. Wise presents Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food
Thursday, April 11, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
CSRC Library–144 Haines Hall
In Eating Tomorrow (The New Press, 2019) Timothy A. Wise explores how agribusiness effectively controls food policy by supporting corporate interests rather than working to eliminate starvation and foster sustainable food production. Wise is a senior researcher at the Small Planet Institute, where he directs the Land and Food Rights Program. He is also a senior research fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute, where he founded and directed its Globalization and Sustainable Development Program. This event is organized by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and co-sponsored by the Center for Mexican Studies and CSRC.
 
Film Screening: America; I Too
Monday, April 15, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library, Main Conference Room
Join us for a screening of America; I Too, which tells the stories of three undocumented immigrants who attempt to fight deportation after arrest. Inspired by true events, the narrative film stars Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) and features the music of Quetzal. The film is part of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles’ (CHIRLA) “Know Your Rights” video series. Following the screening, Chris Zepeda-Millán, associate professor of public policy and Chicana/o studies at UCLA, will moderate a Q&A with director Anike Tourse. A reception will follow. This event is organized by the CSRC in partnership with CHIRLA and the UCLA Library. This event is free and open to the public, although RSVP is encouraged on Eventbrite.
 
Film Festival: “The 7th Annual UCLA Latin American, Latinx, and Iberian Film Festival: Women’s Voices”
April 15–18
Multiple UCLA Locations
The seventh annual UCLA Latin American, Latinx & Iberian Film Festival will feature award-winning films, Q&As, and roundtable discussions based on the theme “Women’s Voices.” The festival is hosted by the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Co-sponsorship is provided in part by the Los Tigres del Norte Fund at the CSRC. For more information, visit https://www.spanportfilmfest.com/
 
Book Talk: Paul Apostolidis presents The Fight for Time: Migrant Day Laborers and the Politics of Precarity
Wednesday, April 17, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
CSRC Library–144 Haines Hall
In The Fight for Time (Oxford University Press, 2019), Paul Apostolidis explores the experiences of migrant day laborers and how their struggles in desperate circumstances reflect an increasingly precarious working world for all. Apostolidis will discuss the meaning of “precarity” and the kinds of organizations that attempt to improve the lives of all working people. Apostolidis currently teaches at Whitman College. In June, he will begin a faculty appointment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. This event is organized by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and co-sponsored by the CSRC.
 
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 speaks on audiovisual collections panel
On March 13, CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores spoke on a panel concerning outreach and advocacy strategies for media-related collections. Flores discussed strategies employed at the CSRC regarding its audiovisual holdings and film archives. The panel was arranged for graduate students taking ETHNMUS C100/200, “Audiovisual Archiving in 21st Century” (nine students), and INF STD 480, “Introduction to Media Archiving and Preservation” (twelve students).
 
CalArts class visits CSRC library
On March 25, CalArts professor and filmmaker Nina Hoechtl brought her class of nine students to the CSRC to explore the CSRC’s zine holdings. The course, “Divided Spaces, In-Between Spaces, Future Spaces: The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands in Theory, Performance, Literature, Film and Art,” requires a project based on zines. CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores assisted the students as they consulted the collection. Costa-Rican-American artist and animator Jeaux Janovsky was also present, and he shared zines that were showcased recently at the Latino Comics Expo in Modesto, California.
 
Sonidos de la Frontera exhibition continues
Sonidos de la Frontera: Music across Borders and Time, currently on view at the UCLA Music Library, highlights the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings, the world’s largest repository of commercially produced Mexican and Mexican American musical recordings. The exhibition provides a gateway to the collection by using a fraction of the music in combination with material from more than a dozen of the CSRC’s archival collections to present significant moments in Mexican and Mexican American music history. Curated chiefly by CSRC archives specialist Doug Johnson, in collaboration with CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores and music inquiry and research librarian Matthew Vest, the exhibition includes photographs, posters, clippings, pamphlets, flyers, songbooks, and audio recordings in a variety of formats. CSRC collections represented in the exhibition include the Humberto Cané Papers, the Pedro J. Gonzalez Papers, and the Anthony Beltramo Collection. The exhibition, which is a collaboration between the Music and CSRC Libraries, will be on view outside the Music Library Reading Room at the Schoenberg Music Building through June 2019. The Music Library is open seven days a week during regular session. For hours, click here. An online version of Sonidos de la Frontera: Music across Borders and Time, featuring images of artifacts and links to recordings, is now available as a UCLA Library Research Guide. The recordings in the Frontera Collection are available to the public through the University of California’s Digital Library Program.
 
Exhibitions with CSRC loans
The following off-campus exhibitions opening this month or currently on view include images and artworks from CSRC collections and publications:
 
To schedule a tour of the CSRC Library, contact CSRC librarian Xaviera Flores at floresx@ucla.edu or fill out the form on the CSRC Library Services page.
 

CSRC PRESS

New Collection on Chicano/Latino Music from CSRC Press
Steven Loza, UCLA professor of ethnomusicology, is the author of the forthcoming Barrio Harmonics: Essays on Chicano/Latino Music, a collection that explores Chicano, Mexican, and Cuban musical forms and styles, their transformation in the United States, and the individuals and groups who developed and performed them. Employing musical, historical, and sociocultural analyses, Loza addresses issues such as marginality, identity, intercultural conflict and aesthetics, postnationalism, and mestizaje—the mixing of race and culture—in the production and reception of Chicano/Latino music. The essays in Barrio Harmonics were first published between 1985 and 2011. Order today from the distributor, University of Washington Press.
 

Opportunity

2019 Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship at the CSRC
This ten-week summer internship at the CSRC is structured around current and ongoing CSRC projects in the arts and cultural heritage of the Chicano/Latino community. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the CSRC's mission to provide resources for research and teaching, as well as an opportunity to gain career-relevant archives and museum experience. Duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Learning archival best practices, including digital preservation for cultural objects (FADGI).
  • Creating finding aids and research guides for art collections
  • Writing artist statements, researching provenance and describing physical and digital objects in Archives Space
  • Curating online exhibitions through our partnership with Google Arts and Culture
  • Learning about museum registration and the CSRC’s registry and tracking workflow for museum projects
Getty requirements and eligibility:
  • Be of a group underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent.
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Students must have completed at least one semester or two quarters of college by June 2019. Students graduating in May or June 2019 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)
  • Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; AND
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
How to apply: Submit a resume and cover letter to Xaviera Flores, CSRC Librarian and Archivist, at floresx@ucla.edu. In the subject line, please include "Getty MUI 2019 Application." All applications are due May 3, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. PST. No exceptions.
 
For more information about the MUI program, visit the Getty website here.