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The Art and Culture of the US-Mexico Border: 2,000 Miles of Imagination that Unite and Divide Us

The focus of the symposium is to examine how art and music is shaping social, cultural, and political identity on the US-Mexico border region. Topics covered will be painting, murals and street art, music, and Latino cinema as the chief muses that define border culture and expression.

Image: Danza De La Tierra (2009), Latino Cultural Center (Dallas, TX). Used by Permission.

Participants:

Moderated by Ana Raquel Minian, Professor of History, Stanford University

Enrique Chagoya, Professor of Art & Art History, Stanford University 
Anna Indych-Lopez, Associate Professor of Art History, CUNY Graduate Center
Alejando L. Madrid, Professor of Music, Cornell University
Chon A. Noriega, Professor of Film, UCLA

Our distinguished speaker will address the following topics:

Professor Chagoya will speak about his socio-political paintings that depict matters of war, border and immigration, religious and cultural differences, global politics, and the plight of migrants as meso-american symbols of invasion, suffering, and the blurring of borders.

Professor Indych-López will speak on her recently released scholarly monograph on Chicana public artist and muralist Judith F. Baca, as well as other Latina/o art production that contends with border culture, transnational diversity, immigration and dislocation, historical ruptures, and the visual construction of racial, ethnic, gender, and class identities.

Professor Madrid will speak about the trans-border musical traditions that blend classical, popular, and folk music nationalism that transcends place, history, geography, politics, and the intersection of globalization, ethnic identity and border culture.

Professor Noriega will speak about Chicano cinema as a lens for understanding media and culture, sociology and mass communications, and ethnicity and gender that merge art with populist politics in film. He will also discuss his leading role in curating LACMA’s recent groundbreaking art exhibition that showed over 100 works exploring the themes of immigration and political repression, dislocation and diaspora, and personal memory and utopian ideals found in Latino border art.

The symposium is also the culmination of a year-long series of campus events inspired by the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Gloria Anzaldúa’s book Borderlands/La Frontera and the range of issues her work engages.

Schedule:

2:00 PM

Welcome: Bruce Cain, Eccles Family Director, Bill Lane Center for the American West; Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Director, American Studies Program

2:15 PM

Panel Discussion: Ana Raquel Minian (Moderator), Assistant Professor of History, Stanford University; Enrique Chagoya, Professor of Art & Art History, Stanford University; Anna Indych-López, Associate Professor of Art History, CUNY Graduate Center; Alejandro L. Madrid, Professor of Music, Cornell University; Chon A. Noriega, Professor of Film, UCLA

4:30 PM

Reception: Mariachi Cardenal plays in courtyard

Sponsors:

ArtsWest, Deutsche Bank, Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West & American Studies Program, the Stanford Department of Music, and the Stanford Humanities Center. 

Co-organized by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Professor of English, Stanford University

Details

When:

Friday, May 18, 2018. 02:00 PM

Where:

Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall

Sponsor:

ArtsWest, Deutsche Bank, Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West & American Studies Program, the Stanford Department of Music, and the Stanford Humanities Center.

Contact:

Marc A. Levin, ArtsWest, marc3@stanford.edu

Admission:

Free and open to the public. Advance registration is suggested by visiting here.