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L.A. Xicano: A Symposium on Art and Place Over Time at the UCLA Fowler Museum

Sunday, November 6, 2011
12:00 – 5:00 PM


UCLA Fowler Museum Auditorium


Free symposium


Los Angeles is often called the City of Dreams, yet those dreams frequently point away from the Mexican-descent population at its core and toward a dream factory (Hollywood), consumer mecca (Rodeo Drive), or make-believe world (Disneyland). This symposium brings together artists, curators Chon Noriega, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, and Terezita Romo (pictured), and scholars to reconsider the history of L.A. art, not from the perspective of dreams, but as an ongoing dialogue about place. The symposium schedule follows:


12 pm  Welcome and Introduction
Marla Berns, Shirley & Ralph Shapiro Director, Fowler Museum at UCLA
L.A. Xicano Curators: Chon Noriega, Terezita Romo, and Pilar Tompkins Rivas


12:20 pm
VIDEO: “Antepasados pero no pasado….”
Introduction by Tomas Ybarra-Frausto, Independent Scholar
Videos: Dora de Larios, Artist, and Roberto Chavez, Artist


12:45 pm
PANEL: Archaeological Finds: Uncovering Chicano L.A. Art History
This panel focuses on the research process by which hidden histories are recovered, and some of the surprises and complications that follow.
Sandra de la Loza, Artist
Rita Gonzalez , Associate Curator, LACMA
RubenOrtiz Torres, Artist
Chair: Tere Romo


2 pm  VIDEO: “It is the artist’s function to act like a camera for society.”
Introduction by Colin Gunckel,Assistant Professor, American Culture and Screen Arts & Cultures, University of Michigan
Videos: Oscar Castillo, Los Dos Streetscapers, Los Four


2:15–2:45 pm    BREAK


2:45 pm  PANEL:  Space, Place, and Race: Rebuilding L.A. Through Art
This panel considers how the arts have participated in community building in the face of residential segregation, urban renewal, and police riots.
Karen Mary Davalos, Chair and Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Reina Prado, Adjunct Lecturer, Glendale Community College
George Lipsitz, Professor, Department of Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Chair:  Chon Noriega


4 pm  DIALOGUE:  The Future, Again….
Introduction by Pilar Tompkins Rivas
Arturo Ernesto Romo-Santillano, Artist, and Sesshu Foster, Poet & Writer


4:30 pm Concluding Remarks


4:45 pm  Reception


Sponsored by the California Community Foundation.

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