Arts & Culture

Current Projects

A Ver: Revisioning Art History (2002-present)

The award-winning A Ver: Revisioning Art History book series stems from the conviction that individual artists and their coherent bodies of work are the foundation for a meaningful and diverse art history.

Completed Projects

Critical Mission Studies at California's Crossroads (2019-2021)

The CSRC-based research project “Critical Mission Studies at California’s Crossroads”  reconsiders California’s twenty-one Spanish-Indian missions. Research labs will be established at CSRC, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Diego.

LA RAZA (2017-2019)

In collaboration with the CSRC, the Autry Museum of the American West presents an exhibition on the Los Angeles-based bilingual newspaper La Raza (1967-1977), revealing how the alternative press and its photography served as a powerful tool of social activism during the Chicano Movement.

HOME—So Different, So Appealing (2017-2018)

A large-scale exhibition organized by the CSRC exploring how contemporary U.S. Latino and Latin American artists address the concept of “home.”

Laura Aguilar: Show And Tell (2017-2018)

In collaboration with the CSRC, the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) presents Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of photographer Laura Aguilar.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (2014-2018)

An exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, with exhibitions, programs, and events taking place September 15, 2017 through January 31, 2018. The CSRC is a lead partner in this Getty-based arts initiative.

Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits (2014)

The first major exhibition in France of works by the artist collective Asco, active in Los Angeles from 1972 to 1987.

Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971-1996 (2014)

The first survey of the late artist and photographer's work, exhibited at the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) at East Los Angeles College and undertaken in partnership with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

L.A. Xicano (2008-2012)

A set of five interrelated exhibitions, L.A. Xicano explores the diverse artistic contributions of Mexican-descent artists since 1945.

Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement (2008-2010)

Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement was the first comprehensive consideration of Chicano art in almost two decades and at the time the largest exhibition of cutting-edge Chicano art ever presented.

CSRC Latino Art Survey (2004-2007)

This project was undertaken with the support of the Getty Foundation to survey documentary materials related to the development of Latino art organizations in Southern California dating back to the 1960s.

Race and Independent Media Project (2001-2005)

This project challenged two tendencies in scholarly research on race in film and television studies: (1) racial groups tend to be studied either in isolation or on the basis of a one-to-one relationship with the dominant culture; (2) Hollywood often serves as the critical framework and object of study.