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

Danza de la Tierra (Dallas) by Judy Baca
Friday, May 18, 2018 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street
Stanford, CA 94305
Danza de la Tierra (Dallas) by Judy Baca
Danza de la Tierra (2009), Latino Cultural Center, Dallas, TX. Used by Permission.





The focus of the symposium is to examine how art and music is shaping the 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. In addition, the program will explore the innovative “Pacific Standard Time” (PST) as a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art led by the Getty Foundation. PST was the largest collaborative effort ever mounted by arts institutions across the Southwest celebrating Latino art, history and heritage.


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, Home- So Different, So Appealing (2017-18), 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 art.


The symposium is also the culmination of a year-long series of events inspired by the 30th anniversary of the publication of Gloria Anzaldúa’s book Borderlands/La Frontera and the range of landscapes, movements, and issues her work engages.

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Event Sponsor: 
ArtsWest (Bill Lane Center for the American West), American Studies Program, Stanford Humanities Center, and the Department of Music