Another great piece of art we’ll have on display in San Francisco — “Historical Photo-Silkscreen Movie” by Bay Area artist René YAÑEZ, 1977. Look for us in Booth 203 at the Concourse Exhibition Center, Feb 15-18 - the 46th California International Antiquarian Book Fair!
I will be reading in Eagle Rock, CA at Occidental College THIS Wednesday, October 24th, 7:15pm, Fowler 302 Open to the Public!
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Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival
Saturday, October 13, 2012
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson
Latino Literacy Now, sponsors of the International Latino Book Awards, presents the 2012 Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival. In attendance will be Latino celebrities and authors discussing their latest books, and there will be fun activities for children and live entertainment for the whole family.
Tuesday, October 23, 3-5pm
at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
909 West Adams Boulevard
The USC CFR | Center for Feminist Research Working Group on
The Politics of Popular Music presents:
Violence Girl and the Past, Present and Future of Queer/Punk Rage
Punk feminist, educator and author Alice Bag discusses her acclaimed memoir, *Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage-A Chicana Punk Story,* with Raquel Gutierrez (performer, impresario, and author of “The Barber of East L.A.”), and Nikki Darling, (author and music writer, L.A. Weekly, The Los Angeles Times).
CFR’s New Directions in Feminist Research Seminar offers scholars an opportunity to work collectively on linked projects, while creating public events that engage the broader feminist community of faculty and students at USC. This year’s seminar is on “The Politics of Popular Music,” and explores pop—the catchy, crass, infectious mass idiom—that makes us dance, sing along, and purportedly abandon our cares. For generations, across national and regional boundaries, popular music has also functioned as a barometer of dissent; as a call to rebellion, action and revolution for the disenfranchised. Historically, popular music has not only scored, but also incited transformative movements like national revolutions, as well as feminist, civil rights, and queer rebellions. This seminar explores the full range of popular music’s political, aesthetic and affective incarnations, from its uses as a cultural imperialist medium, to its reclamation by communities for whom it may not be intended.
Karen Tongson, Director (English and Gender Studies, Dornsife)
Micha Cardenas (IMAP, School of Cinematic Arts)
Edwin Hill (Comparative Literature, Dornsife)
Kara Keeling (Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts; ASE, Dornsife)
Josh Kun (Communication, Annenberg; ASE, Dornsife)
Shana Redmond (ASE, Dornsife)
Mina Yang (Music, Thornton)
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Alice doing a soundcheck
On August 16 I took a trip out to Anaheim, California to see punk rock legend Alice Bag read from her book Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story, and to also watch this chicana rock goddess perform.
I was able to meet and chat with this influencal woman prior to her inspiring performance. One of the questions asked was what MEChA chapter was she from as a youth. As I miss read an older ineterview and thought she was a MEChA member. But, Alice told me “MEChA did not let me join because of the way I dressed.”
Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story.
I first heard of this punker by the name of Alice Bag in the early 2000’s, but never had a chance to listen to her music until I came upon a website promoting the exhibition (I could no longer find website) ‘Vexing: Female Voices From East L.A. Punk’ traces the history and the legacy of a key era. That is when I went searching for The Bags music and came upon her song Violence Girl. The more I learned the more I was intriged about her and chicanos in punk. Having spent most of my time learning about the visual movement it was exciting to learn raza was involved in this music medium called “Punk Rock.”
Alice and her band pay tribute to punk rockers Pussy Riot
Photo courtesy of: Anita
One of the treats for me was when Alice did her soundcheck and covered Angel Baby by Rosie & The Originals. The intimate crowd stood up and took attention while this legend warmed up with an oldie but a goodie.
Having lured me in closer with a classic from the barrio, I found my way to a great spot close to the stage to watch this educator/feminist/writer, read excerpts from her autobiography and play some great tunes inbetween the excertps read of her book.
As she read from her book Violence Girl, I was able to learn about the many facets of this super mujer called, Alice Bag.
Alice Bag reading from the chapters of Violence Girl
Photo courtesy of: Anita
Prior to each song Alice played, the crowd and I were gifted with a story about chosen tune, and in one story the enamored crowd and I learned about her crushes on David Bowie and Elton John. That is when a punk cover of Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fightin,” was belted with such fireceness by this “Violence Girl”
After her performance Alice Bag did a Q&A, that is where I learned about the early days of Alice and the Bags. From why they performed with bags over their heads (equality), to her brief affiliation with the notorious Kim Fowley. I also learned on how their is no “official” Alice and the Bags studio album, only singles were released.
Punk Rock legend Alice Bag at her finest.
I would like to thank AAA ELECTRA 99 Gallery (phenomanal last event at Anaheim location) and the lovely Alice Bag for her performance, being awesome and inspriational. I purchased a book and poster at the event signed both by Alice for my collection.
I even was lucky enough to take a picture with this amazing Rocker.
Thank you Alice, ROCK ON!
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image: “No Vale Homes” - Leo limon
“The Art of Leo Limón: Giving Voice to the Chicano Experience,”
the book contains a series of interviews with the highly popular artist, who is one of the most prominent in the Chicano arts movement.
“The Art of Leo Limón: Giving Voice to the Chicano Experience” is also the final work of former UCSB oral historian David Russell, who conducted interviews with Limón in Los Angeles over several years. Russell retired from his post in 2010.
Published in late 2011, the book is the culmination of the multi-year “ImaginArte: Interpreting and Re-imagining Chicano@ Art,” an interdisciplinary collaboration between the CSI’s Faculty Research Working Group on Chicana/o Visual Art and CEMA. It’s an effort that brought a number of visiting artists and lecturers to UCSB who focused on the lives and culture of one of California’s largest populations, and, in so doing, provided needed documentation to existing Chicana/o art collections in CEMA.
The Chicano Movement began as a social, cultural, artistic, and political offshoot of an ongoing Mexican-American fight for recognition and equality in the 1960’s. Similar to the African-Americans’ efforts for civil rights in the American South during the same time period, Mexican-Americans, who embraced the once-derogatory term “Chicano,” were concerned about racial inequalities, social injustices, disenfranchisement of youth, the Vietnam War, and mistreatment of people of color.
The result was an explosion of Chicano culture and expression in the American Southwest, one that produced artists like Limón, who was born in Los Angeles, a son of immigrants who fled Mexico during the Revolution of 1910-1920.
Influenced by the social and political context of his early years and a search for his own Mesoamerican roots, Limón rapidly became one of the most visible artists at Self-Help Graphics & Art, a studio in Los Angeles that promoted and continues to promote Latino arts.
Limón came to the UCSB campus in 2009 for a one-month residency, during which he lectured to students from UCSB and Dos Pueblos High School.
The book and its companion documentary video were produced on a shoestring budget with the support of faculty, and the work of graduate students, undergrads, and even high school students. The set is being distributed by the Chicano Studies Institute at UCSB.
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Rita Gonzalez, Howard N. Fox, and Chon Noriega
Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement is the first comprehensive consideration of Chicano art in almost two decades and the largest exhibition of cutting-edge Chicano art ever presented. The exhibition explores the experimental tendencies within current Chicano art, which is oriented less toward painting and polemical assertion and more toward conceptual art, performance, film, photography, and media-based art, as well as “stealthy” artistic interventions in urban spaces. An exhibition catalog by co-curators Rita Gonzalez, Howard N. Fox, and Chon A. Noriega is available from the University of California Press. It contains three essays that explore the topic in depth as well as more than two hundred color illustrations, twenty-five individual artist portfolios, and a wryly subversive chronology of significant moments in Chicano cultural history. The exhibition, which opened at LACMA on September 2008, traveled in the United States and Mexico.
I just my copy of Phantom Sightings Art After The Chicano Movement catalog at LACMA for just $10 (Get yours here).
I remember going to this exhibit in 2008, in conjunction with the Phantom Sightings exhibit was Cheech Marin’s “The Chicano Collection.” Phantom Sightings let me explore the different mediums Chicano artist used not just paint, but sculpture, video and sound. The exhibit also introduced me to some of the new wave of Chicano artist.