CSRC Newsletter - June 2016
Volume 14, Number 9
Our thoughts and hearts are with the families, friends, colleagues, and students affected by the tragic shooting at UCLA on June 1. Thank you to those from around the world who have expressed their concern.
As the academic year comes to an end, I want to thank you for your ongoing support of the CSRC. This year we marked major milestones in initiatives aimed at educational access, economic security, immigration rights, diversifying museums, and preserving cultural heritage. I am especially pleased to announce that the CSRC is now the repository for the La Opinion photograph collection!
While we often focus on the things we do and create that make a difference, it is equally important to acknowledge the people working behind the scenes. This year Charlene Villaseñor Black took over as the editor of Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, the flagship journal in the field. She’s also our new associate director, and she organized our recent conference on Central American refugees. In her first year as a film professor at UCLA, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan has been an active contributor to CSRC, including leading an NEH public program based on the PBS series Latino Americans. And in late March, some twenty CSRC-affiliated faculty members took part in an inaugural program that had professors meeting one-on-one with newly admitted Latino students and their families. With their help we significantly increased the number of admitted Latino students enrolling at UCLA this fall!
We are also exceptionally proud of the individuals who have been affiliated with the CSRC and are making a difference in the community and in our public culture (see the appointment of Pilar Tompkins Rivas as the director of the Vincent Price Art Museum, below). And, of course, the dedicated CSRC staff continues to keep numerous projects and operations running smoothly here on campus.
I am excited about the year ahead and grateful for your continued support. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the CSRC to help us continue the work we do, please click here.
Best wishes for a wonderful summer.
Chon A. Noriega
Director and Professor
CSRC welcomes new librarian
We are pleased to announce that Xaviera Flores will join the CSRC as the new librarian. Flores, who received her MSLIS degree with a concentration in archives management from Simmons College, brings enthusiasm, experience, and an impressive array of skills to the position. Most recently on staff at Boston College’s University Archives, she previously worked at the audiovisual archives at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and at Arizona State University’s Archives and Special Collections, where she processed bilingual collections, innovated a process for creating Spanish-language finding aids, and advanced the recognition and use of ASU collections through conference presentations, online exhibitions, and marketing strategies. Her first day is June 27. Please join us in welcoming Xaviera Flores to the CSRC!
Gómez named interim dean of social sciences
The CSRC congratulates Laura Gómez, professor of law, on her appointment as interim dean of the UCLA College Division of Social Sciences. Gómez served on the CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee in 2002–3 and 2011–14. She begins her appointment July 1.
Rivas appointed director of VPAM
The CSRC congratulates Pilar Tompkins Rivas on her new appointment as director of the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) at East Los Angeles College. She is the first Latina director in the museum’s history. Previously, Rivas served as coordinator of curatorial initiatives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and arts project coordinator at the CSRC. Rivas is currently co-curating the exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing with Chon A. Noriega, CSRC director, and Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The exhibition, part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, opens at LACMA in 2017. Rivas co-curated the CSRC-organized exhibition Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement in 2011. (Also see In the News, below.)
Tajima-Peña and Espino to receive award
Renee Tajima-Peña, professor of Asian American studies, and Virginia Espino, formerly of the UCLA Center for Oral History Research, will be honored at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) 43rd Anniversary Awards Gala on June 16. Tajima-Peña and Espino will receive the 2016 LACLJ Justice Award in recognition of their work on the documentary film No Más Bebés. The film details a lawsuit brought by attorneys at LACLJ on behalf of immigrant mothers who received involuntary sterilizations at the Los Angeles County–USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 1970s. To purchase tickets, click here. Some of the research for the film was conducted at the CSRC, using the Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez Sterilization Papers.
Aguilar works on display at Vancouver festival
The CSRC is lending photographs by Laura Aguilar for the exhibition Drama Queer: Seducing Social Change, June 21–30 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver, BC. The exhibition has been organized as part of the annual Queer Arts Festival. For more information visit queerartsfestival.com. Works by Aguilar can also be seen in the exhibition Physical: Sex and the Body in the 1980s, on view at LACMA through July 31 and organized as a companion exhibition to Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium.
CSRC donates journals to Transfer Raza Day
The CSRC donated 200 copies of Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies to this year’s Transfer Raza Day (TRD), organized by MEChA de UCLA. The event, which took place May 13, welcomed Chicana/o students who are transferring to UCLA for the 2016-17 academic year. The CSRC’s donation was offered as an example of the UCLA Raza community’s intention to share scholarship and personal narratives.
Magaña publishes article and leads roundtable
Maurice Magaña, lecturer in Chicana/o studies and former CSRC IAC visiting scholar, has published “From the Barrio to the Barricades: Grafiteros, Punks, and the Remapping of Urban Space” in “New Dimensions in the Scholarship and Practice of Mexican and Chicanx Social Movements,” a special issue of Social Justice. Magaña also moderated a roundtable discussion, “Racialized Policing in Los Angeles,” at the conference Racialized State Violence in Global Perspective, which took place May 25–26 at UCLA.
Noriega presents on diversity in curatorial profession
Chon A. Noriega, professor, curator, and CSRC director, was among the presenters at the annual meeting of the Association for Art Museum Curators, which took place May 7–10 in Houston. He participated in a panel session titled “Diversifying the Curatorial Profession: How the Internship/Fellowship Track Can Be Our Essential Path toward Change.” For more information visit, artcurators.org.
Noriega exhibition walkthrough on SoundCloud
Chon A. Noriega’s April 21 public walkthrough of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA is now available for listening on the museum’s SoundCloud page. The talk is available here.
CSRC visiting scholars report
Robb Hernández, assistant professor of Latino literature in the Department of English at UC Riverside and a CSRC IAC visiting researcher for 2015-16, completed his book manuscript “Finding AIDS: Archival Body/Archival Space and the Chicano Avant-garde.” This work documents the impact of the AIDS crisis on artists’ archival practices, including collecting and preservation. Hernández notes that the manuscript “resets the evidentiary terms, actors, and aesthetics central to Chicano avant-gardism(s) through a queer retelling of its multicentric formations.” With CSRC support, Hernández presented his work-in-progress at Pratt Institute, Manhattan College, Cal State LA, Latino Art Now, and Queer Biennial II. He also published essays in Art AIDS America (University of Washington Press, 2015), Out of the Closet, Into the Archives: Researching Sexual Histories (SUNY Press, 2015), and Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016). He is currently developing a co-curated dossier for Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and completing work on Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, an exhibition that will open at UC Riverside’s ARTSblock in Fall 2017 as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.
Juanita Heredia, professor of Spanish at Northern Arizona University and CSRC visiting scholar, advanced her research on the past thirty years of South American Latina literature and culture by examining the Tatiana de la Tierra Papers at the CSRC. As part of this project she will publish an article, “Migrating to the City: Negotiating Gender and Race in Marie Arana’s Lima Nights,” in the journal Hispania in September 2016. The centenary issue of Hispania, to be released in 2017, will include her essay “Transnational U.S. Latino/a Literature: From the 1960s to the Twenty-First Century.” During her year at the CSRC, Heredia was invited to give a talk on transnationalism and U.S. Latino/a literature, which will be published in a book collection edited by the directors of the Latino studies program at Casa de las Américas in Havana, Cuba. She also took trips to Colombia and Peru to access materials relevant to her research on Marie Arana.
Farewell and thank you, Andrea Vargas!
The CSRC bids a fond farewell to Andrea Vargas, CSRC communications and academic programs assistant, who is leaving her position to attend graduate school this fall. During her year at the CSRC Vargas was invaluable to the organization and implementation of CSRC public programs and the administration and advancement of CSRC communications, including launching the CSRC Instagram account and enhancing community engagement through social media. She also lent her design skills to numerous projects, curated two CSRC Library exhibitions, and assisted prospective and current students who visited the CSRC Library. Vargas will pursue a master’s degree in student development administration at Seattle University. We will miss her, and we wish her the very best.
New videos on CSRC YouTube
A Post-Screening Discussion of No Más Bebés with Renee Tajima-Peña and Virginia Espino (April 13, 2016) (video) A post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers of the critically acclaimed documentary No Más Bebés, Renee Tajima-Peña (producer/director and professor of Asian American studies) and Virginia Espino (producer). The film tells the story of a small group of Mexican immigrant women who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after being sterilized at Los Angeles County–USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The discussion was the first event in a three-part symposia series co-sponsored by the CSRC, the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America, and the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity and supported by the UCLA Office of Interdisciplinary and Cross Campus Affairs.
- Talk: Omar Valerio-Jiménez presents “Owning History: Mexican American Activists and the U.S.-Mexican War” (May 5, 2016) (video) Valerio-Jiménez, associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at San Antonio, discusses how the transmission of memories of the U.S.–Mexican War (1846–48) continues to shape Mexican American identity.
Workshop: “Preserving Textiles in CSRC Collections” (April 29, 2016) (video) Costume and textile conservator Laleña Vellanoweth leads a hands-on workshop in preserving and packing costumes and garments from the CSRC’s Sal Castro Collection, the Resurrection Boulevard Papers, the Ricardo Muñoz Papers, and the Alex Donis Collection. Vellanoweth is the 2015-16 Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Education Fellow in the UCLA/Getty Graduate Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation.
CSRC in the News
“UCLA Appoints Interim Dean for Division of Social Sciences”
The Daily Bruin announced the appointment of Laura Gómez, professor of law, as interim dean for the UCLA Division of Social Sciences.
Daily Bruin, May 24, 2016 (PDF)
“Pilar Tompkins Rivas Named Director of the Vincent Price Art Museum—First Latina in the Post”
The Los Angeles Times covered the announcement of Pilar Tompkins Rivas’s appointment as the new director of the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College.
Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2016 (PDF)
“Vincent Price Art Museum Names New Director”
ARTFORUM covered the appointment of Pilar Tompkins Rivas as the new director of the Vincent Price Art Museum.
ARTFORUM, May 12, 2016 (PDF)
“Pilar Tompkins Rivas Named Director of the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles”
ARTnews covered the appointment of Pilar Tompkins Rivas as the new director of the Vincent Price Art Museum.
ARTnews, May 12, 2016 (PDF)
All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.
Conference: Latina/o Studies Association—“Deliberating Latina/o Studies: Promiscuity, (In)civility, and (Un)Disciplinarity”
Thursday, July 7–Saturday, July 9
Westin Pasadena, 191 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 91101
The 2016 conference of the Latina/o Studies Association (LSA) will feature over 130 individual sessions, including panels, workshops, and roundtables. There will also be receptions, special events, plenary sessions, and a business meeting. LSA officers will provide updates on the executive council and the structure of the organization. For more information, click here.
Gallery Talk: “Keep Your Shirt On While I Put On My Pants,” with Marisela Norte and Gronk
Sunday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.
Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90036
As part of the public programming for the exhibition Gronk’s Theater of Paint, L.A.-based writer Marisela Norte will join artist and longtime friend Gronk for a conversation about their shared Los Angeles history and the influence of B movies on their lives and work. The exhibition, which is on view at the Craft and Folk Art Museum through September 4, includes materials from the Gronk Papers at the CSRC. Space is limited and an RSVP is required: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free with museum admission. The CSRC is the sponsor of this event.
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.
New Getty intern
The CSRC welcomes Priscilla Espinosa as this year’s summer intern through the Getty Foundation’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. Espinosa graduated in May with a BA in history from Whittier College. Her experience includes internships at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and the Whittier Historical Society and Museum. At the CSRC Library she will assist with the La Raza Newspaper and Magazine Records.
Lowder receives certificate and special recognition
The CSRC congratulates library staff member Jason Lowder on completing the Library Technology Certificate Program at Pasadena City College in May. On May 27, at the dedication of the Prudencia Ayala Library at the Consulate General of El Salvador in Los Angeles, Lowder received special recognition for his recent volunteer work there.
Congratulations to graduating student workers
The CSRC congratulates its student workers who are graduating from their degree programs this spring: Michael Aguilar (MLIS/MA), Alejandra Gaeta (MLIS), and Phil Wagner (PhD). Each has made an important contribution to the CSRC Library. Aguilar and Wagner helped process archival collections, including numerous additions to the Raphael Montañez Ortiz Papers, the Edward R. Roybal Papers, and the La Raza Newspaper and Magazine Records. Gaeta, who was also previously a Getty intern at the CSRC Library, has given vital support to the new Strachwitz Frontera Collection website by uploading content and providing Spanish translations of blog entries. We will greatly miss these dedicated individuals. We thank them for their hard work and wish them the very best.
Exhibition on Mexican surf and soccer leagues in final weeks
On display in the CSRC Library and vitrine is the exhibition Mexican Surf and Turf: Mexicano Cultural Continuity in West Los Angeles through Surfing and Soccer, featuring photographs, trophies, ephemera, a video, and a surf board designed by surfing legend Jaime Perez. Curated by Leonard Melchor, CSRC visiting scholar and adjunct professor of history and Chicana/o studies at East Los Angeles College, the exhibition considers the role of surfing and soccer activities in the Mexican community of West Los Angeles and how they have fostered a vibrant transnational culture in this community from the early 1950s to the present. The exhibition is on view during regular library hours and will close June 10.
Chicano Studies Reader now in its third edition
The bestselling Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán has been expanded with essays drawn from the past five years—2010 through 2015—of the journal’s publication. The essays update each of the thematic sections, and revised introductions offer analysis and contextualization. This third edition of the Reader documents the foundation of Chicano studies, testifies to its broad disciplinary range, and explores its continuing development. The Chicano Studies Reader may be ordered from the distributor, University of Washington Press, for July delivery. To view the list of contributors and the table of contents, click here. Information about ordering an examination copy is available here.
Call for submissions: Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies
Aztlán, the premier journal of Chicana/o studies, is inviting new submissions! Aztlán publishes scholarship relevant to Chicana/o studies from all disciplines and interdisciplinary research as well. We welcome submissions in English and Spanish. We are seeking submissions for all three areas of the journal:
Our essays are research-based and come from a wide variety of disciplines—literature, sociology, history, political science, the arts, linguistics, gender studies, ethnic studies, and many other fields—but they always engage the Chicana/o experience. All essays are peer reviewed and are frequently revised to meet the journal’s standards for quality research. Essays typically run about 10,000–12,000 words in length.
The dossier section provides a forum for multiple and shorter engagements with a specific theme that examines an aspect of Chicana/o studies; this might be an object of study, theoretical or disciplinary questions, a methodology, or one scholar’s work. The dossier section, while still of a scholarly nature, is designed to be exploratory, provocative, or experimental in approach. Aztlán will consider working with a guest curator—a scholar who wishes to create a dossier theme and can help manage dossier development. Contact Heather Birdsall at email@example.com to explore this opportunity.
If you are interested in writing a book review for us, we will gladly consider suggested titles, or we can recommend a book that matches your field of interest. To inquire about reviews, contact our book review coordinator, Daniel Zweifach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To submit: All submissions should be sent to our submission inbox at email@example.com. For complete information about Aztlán and our submission guidelines, please visit the CSRC website. Please direct queries to Heather Birdsall, assistant editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your submissions.
CSRC Communications and Academic Programs Assistant
The CSRC is looking for a part-time communications and academic programs assistant to provide clerical and research support to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, including assisting with event coordination, social media promotion, website maintenance, record keeping, and other communications-based duties as assigned. Fluency in Spanish and English preferred. For additional information and to apply, visit https://hr.mycareer.ucla.edu and search for Requisition Number 23960.