8/23/2012 3:00 PM
At the ICAA we’re happy to announce that with the latest addition of documents from our recovery operations at UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center and the Museo de Antropología, Historia y Arte at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) we have now uploaded over 3,000 sources to the digital archive. Since our 14 May 2012 announcement we have more than doubled the amount of documents from the UCLA team and have introduced a handsome suite of Puerto Rican texts researched by Flavia Marichal, Director of the UPR Museum.
In addition to key documents such as “El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán” or the “Conferencia Plástica Chicana” the UCLA team recovered documents that touch on the subject of gender and muralism, as well as feminist theory, in Chicano art. Highlights include foundational texts by artists collective such as ConSafo and MARCH; Chicano artists including Rupert Garcia, César Martinez, and Amalia Mesa-Bains, among others; as well as noted historians and critics of Mexican-American and Chicano art including Shifra Goldman, Jacinto Quirarte, and Tomás Ybarra-Frausto. Other sources researched by this team shed light on the writings by Miami-based Cuban-American critics including Ricardo Pau-Llosa and Giulio V. Blanc and their unique contributions to the understanding of Cuban art in the United States.
On the other hand, Flavia Marichal single-handedly recovered and investigated all the Puerto Rico documents uploaded to this website, including those written by the Colombia-based, Argentine-born critic, Marta Traba during her one-year stay in Puerto Rico. Her fierce voice as a restless art critic was felt in many of her writings published while living in the island and in the posthumous articles written by Puerto Rican art historians and artists. Controversies also abound in many of the Puerto Rican documents recently documents published in the digital archive. Articles for and against the now defunct Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe are well documented and we will continue publishing many more. Additionally, we’re making available for the first time the unpublished correspondence of Lorenzo Homar (1913–2004), a pivotal figure in the development of the graphic arts in the island, which include letters he sent to colleagues in Colombia and Mexico and to his closest friends in Puerto Rico.