Roundtable: Chicano and Chicana Art: A Critical Anthology, Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 4:00–6:00 p.m., Charles E. Merrill Lounge

With Jennifer Gonzalez, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Laura Perez, Catherine Ramirez and Felicia Rice.

August 08, 2019

By , Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture 

Join us for a roundtable discussion about the recently published Chicano and Chicana Art: A Critical Anthology. Scholars and artists Laura Perez, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Catherine Ramirez and Felicia Rice will join editor Jennifer A. Gonzalez in a lively conversation about their contributions to the book and the current state of Chicana/o art and politics. They will be happy to answer questions from students about research, writing, publishing, and the visual arts. 

About the Speakers

jennifer_gonzalez_headshot.jpgJennifer A. González is Professor in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and also teaches at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York. She has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has published in Frieze, Bomb, Diacritics, Camera Obscura, Open Space, Art Journal, the Journal of the Archives of American Art and numerous exhibition catalogs including most recently Jimmy Durham: At the Center of the World (2017). Her first book Subject to Display: Reframing Race in Contemporary Installation Art (MIT Press, 2008) was a finalist for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award. Her second book focused on the MacArthur-award-winning artist Pepón Osorio (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). She is chief editor of the recently released Chicano and Chicana Art: A Critical Anthology (Duke University Press, 2019). She has lectured extensively at scores of universities and art museums nationally and internationally, including for example the Guggenheim, LACMA, SFMOMA, Smithsonian, Terra Foundation, and Whitney Museum, NY.

amb-5x7-300-dpi.jpgAmalia Mesa-Bains is an artist and cultural critic. Her artworks, primarily interpretations of traditional Chicano altars, resonate both in contemporary formal terms and in their ties to her Chicano community and history. She has pioneered the documentation and interpretation of Chicano traditions in Mexican-American art and is a leader in the field of community arts. As an artist her works have been exhibited in both national and international venues including the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, the Museo del Barrio, the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Williams College Museum, the Queens Museum in New York, the Contemporary Exhibition Center of Lyon, France, the Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden, The Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland, and the Culterforgenin in Copenhagen, Denmark. Among her many awards is the distinguished MacArthur Fellowship. She is Professor Emerita in the Visual and Public Art department at California State University at Monterey Bay.

lperez.jpgLaura Pérez is Chair of the new interdisciplinary and transAmericas research hub, the Laitnx Research Center, formerly the Center for Latino Policy Research.  She is author of Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities (Duke University Press, 2007) in which she theorized decolonial aesthetics and decolonial spiritualities while achiving the work of more than forty Chicana visual, literary, and performance artists from the early 1970s through the early 2000s. She curated UC Berkeley's first and only US Latina/o Performance Art series in 2001-02; co-curated, with Delilah Montoya, the multimedia exhibition Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas at 516 ARTS gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from January-March of 2009, and curated Labor + a(r)t + orio: Bay Area Latin@ Arts Now at the Richmond Art Center, CA (April-June 2011). She has published in numerous publications on feminism, Chicana/o and hemispheric decolonial cultures.  Her book, Ero Ideologies: Writings on Art, Spirituality, and the Decolonial, will be published by Duke University Press in 2018. She is also co-editing a book on the multimedia artist, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, with Dr. Ann Marie Leimer.

ramirez-headshot-sm.jpgCatherine Ramírez, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz, is a scholar of migration, citizenship, race, and gender. Her current book projects include Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Non-citizenship and Assimilation: An Alternative History. She is the author of The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009) and several essays on science fiction, race, gender, and futurity. Over 2019-20, she is developing a policy-oriented project on immigrant integration as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.


rice-head-shot-sm.jpegFelicia Rice has collaborated with Chicana/o/x artists and writers under the Moving Parts Press imprint since the early ’90s. Work from the Press has been included in exhibitions from Mexico City to New York. Her books are held in library and museum collections worldwide and she has been the recipient of many awards and grants from the NEA to the French Ministry of Culture. Rice writes, “As a printer, my job is to confront complex issues and render my response to them in book form. As an artist, my job is to do so with profound integrity. As a publisher, my job is make these issues public.”