ICAA Researcher: Olga Herrera; Harper Montgomery, collaborator×
  • "La esperanza del loro verde" en el trópico tabasqueño
    Soto, Leandro, 1956-
    Leandro Soto Ortiz interprets the sculptural works of fellow artist Raoul Deal that were featured in the exhibition La Esperanza del Loro Verde. Soto Ortiz positions Deal’s work within a Postmodernist current, contextualizing it at the core of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 840722

  • [Martina Lopez]
    Hesse, Gary
    In this text, Gary Hesse considers the direction Martina Lopez’s work took after she was introduced in 1986 to computer imaging that became the main means with which she created her photographs. With this new tool, Hesse explains, Lopez has [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1050793

  • [Personal statement, Art Institute of Chicago’s Betty Rymer Gallery]
    Suaréz, Bibiana, 1960-
    In this text, artist Bibiana Suarez’s makes a personal statement about her experience as a self-imposed Puerto Rican exile in Chicago, her negotiations of living “on the edge of two cultures,” and her artistic exploration of feelings of loss, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782119

  • [Reinventing Jimmy Green]
    Kovatch, Ron
    In this essay, Ron Kovatch explores how issues of relocation, assimilation, and identity are manifest in the group of sculptures by Raoul Deal presented in the installation Reinventing Jimmy Green. Inspired by his grandfather Eugenio Greco’s [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 840758

  • [Salta en estas piezas de Raoul Deal el doble y ambíguo papel que juegan...]
    Castellanos, Armando
    In his article, Armando Castellanos interprets Raoul Deal’s work featured in the exhibition Las Esperanzas del Loro Verde [The Hopes of the Green Parrot]. Castellanos argues that Deal’s work confronts the duality, ambiguity, and tension between [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 840777

  • An Interview with Mauricio Lasansky
    Muhlert, Jan Keene, 1942-
    In this interview, artist Mauricio Lasansky discusses his graphic work, creative process and experimentation in producing prints, intaglio technique, and use of multiple plates in printing.  He discusses at length his 1976 print Quetzalcoatl, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782263

  • Art of the Other México: Sources and Meanings=Arte del Otro México: Fuentes y Significados
    Mesa-Bains, Amalia
    In this text, Amalia Mesa-Bains introduces an exhibition of Chicano art with an account of Chicano cultural history, and a description of how the works of art in the show relate to several themes. She organizes her account of Chicano cultural history [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782743

  • Art People : Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle's Multicultural Punch
    Isaacs, Deanna
    This newspaper column comments on Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s works in the exhibition Los Encuentros at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to mark the Colombian quincentenary. The author weighs how Manglano-Ovalle uses everyday artifacts to [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 857076

  • Artes unidas de Michigan : Advancing Latino Arts and Culture in Michigan
    Artes Unidas de Michigan
    This brochure outlines the background and mission of Artes Unidas de Michigan [United Arts of Michigan], including its relationship with previous initiatives to foster Latino and Chicano art and culture in Michigan and its goals to advance Latino [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 781975

  • Central American Realities
    This text is the curatorial statement for Central American Realities, a group exhibition in which fifty artists addressed the social and political experience of refugees from Guatemala and El Salvador who sought sanctuary in the USA, specifically in [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 840580

  • Crushed Jewels, Air, Even Laughter : Matta in the 1940s
    Smith, Elizabeth A. T.; Dartnall, Colette
    This essay examines the impact of Roberto Matta’s presence in the United States during 1939–1948, when, as part of a Surrealist cohort of émigrés, he established temporary residence in New York to escape the war in Europe. The authors [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 840187

  • Culture 'En Proceso' : Demystifiying Latino Identity
    Suaréz, Bibiana, 1960-
    In this text, Bibiana Suárez addresses the misconceptions of a Latino identity that is portrayed as one-dimensional and homogenous in both mainstream and Latino discourses in the United States. She discusses the new tendency to conflate Latino with [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782135

  • Diego Rivera: science and creativity in the Detroit murals = ciencia y creatividad en los murales de Detroit
    McMeekin, Dorothy, 1932-
    Dorothy McMeekin examines Diego Rivera’s understanding of science and technology and the application of his knowledge to the overall creative and thematic design of the mural cycle Detroit Industry at the Detroit Institute of Arts, painted between [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 802029

  • Domino / Dominó
    Suaréz, Bibiana, 1960-
    The author discusses her installation entitled Domino/Dominó wherein she used the principles of the domino game as an organizing structure for visual images exploring her own experience of acculturation as a Puerto Rican living in the United States [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782103

  • Dynamic Detroit : an interpretation
    Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957
    Diego Rivera explains the meaning of the iconographic and formal plan of his Detroit Industry murals in the courtyard of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). He explains that he employed undulating lines as the unifying design element to represent [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782055

  • Flotilla, La Niña, La Pinta, La Santa María
    Manglano-Ovalle, Iñigo, 1961-
    Appropriating headlines from South Florida newspapers, artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle makes a statement on immigration and the United States’ policies towards western hemisphere nations during the crucial period of 1979–1981, when increased [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782183

  • Formas Exquisitas del Pensamiento Crítico : Entrevista a Iñigo Maglano-Ovalle
    Vicente, Mercedes
    In this text, Mercedes Vicente interviews the artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, who talks at length about the progression of his oeuvre between 1989 and 2001. Manglano-Ovalle elaborates on his investigation and questioning of the meanings of cultural [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 802059

  • Francisco Toledo : A Retrospective of his Graphic Works
    Conde, Teresa del
    In this text, Teresa del Conde argues that the vast majority of what has been written about Francisco Toledo “ . . . highlights his magical qualities above the structural, compositional and iconographical aspects of his work.” Chronicling and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1075729

  • GFP Bunny
    Kac, Eduardo
    The author discusses the creation of his artwork GFP Bunny, its public reception, and the debate it generated as an example of transgenic art where a “chimerical” social animal is created through genetic engineering. To the artist, transgenic art [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782231

  • Introduction
    Grynzstejn, Madeleine
    In this essay, the author explains that the exhibition About Place considers the "redefinition" of the Western Hemisphere brought upon by the economic integration of the region, increased electronic communications, and improved long-distance [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782447

  • La recuperación de la memoria en la serie de pinturas ‘Dominó/Domino’ de Bibiana Suarez
    Goergen, Juana Q.
    Using the theoretical framework of “broken memory,” defined by Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones as memory "deliberately denied by political power or broken by official repression or cultural exclusion," Juana N. Goergen analyzes signs and imagery of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782704

  • Lasansky and the Hayter circle: an ad hoc note
    Gilbert, Creighton
    After receiving a Guggenheim fellowship to travel to the United States in 1943, Buenos Aires-born Mauricio Lasansky spent eight months working at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17 in New York City. In this essay, Creighton Gilbert examines how [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 802014

  • Latino Agenda for Culture and the Arts in Michigan
    Cardona, Ana Luisa
    This document was issued in 1989 as an agenda of the needs and dreams for Latino culture and the arts in Michigan. The agenda, composed of three sections, proposed to address issues of unity, diversity, and the further development of Latino culture [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782767

  • Leaving Aztlan
    Johnson, Katie
    In this essay, Kaytie Johnson introduces the premise of an exhibition that examines new trends in contemporary art by a new generation of Latino artists. Using strategies of appropriation, they confront assumptions about “Chicano/a” and “Latino [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 840460

  • MARCH : Movimiento Artistico Chicano (Mexican-American Art Movement)
    The writer discusses the Chicago-based art collective Movimiento Artistico Chicano (MARCH), providing an overview of its mission and wide variety of activities, which included mural commissions in Chicago and the Midwest, the first annual Mexican- [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782398

  • Mauricio Lasansky's prints: a critical perspective
    Danoff, Michael
    The author looks at Mauricio Lasansky's artistic development, arguing that his style progressed and matured parallel to that of the Abstract Expressionists, and that, despite following a representational and figurative stylistic trajectory, it shares [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782415

  • Michigan Congress on the Arts Resolution V-5-a
    This document is a resolution directed to the Michigan Council for the Arts to establish a minority task force with the purpose of studying issues related to minority artists and arts in minority communities, as well as with the purpose of earmarking [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782672

  • Mirentxu Ganzaraín: Chile
    Ganzaraín, Mirentxu
    In this text, the artist Mirentxu Ganzaraín discusses the inadequacy of terminology in use in the United States to describe and categorize the art by artists whose ethnic backgrounds are other than normative ones. As a North American of Chilean and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782615

  • New World, New Races, and New Art
    Orozco, José Clemente
    José Clemente Orozco calls for the production of a new brand of art produced in the Americas—what he calls the “New World”—that constitutes a “new spiritual and physical medium.” This art is neither rooted in European nor, as Orozco [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782312

  • Nuestras artes : statement
    Nuestras Artes de Michigan, Inc
    In this statement—addressed to the Task Force on Hispanic-American Arts of the National Endowment for the Arts—the group Nuestras Artes describes the inequitable context in Michigan for Latinos and Latino culture (the authors use the term Raza [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782648

  • On Our Own Terms = En Nuestros Propios Terminos
    Ehrenberg, Felipe
    In the introductory essay to the exhibition ¡Adivina!: Latino Chicago Expressions, the author analyzes the recent boom in Latino exhibitions. This boom, he assesses, seemed to promise a mainstream reevaluation and reappraisal of developments in the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782463

  • Patronage : Chicano Art and Its Consumption
    Reyes, Felipe
    Artist Felipe Reyes writes about the under-representation of Chicano artists and their art in mainstream institutions, including art museums and universities. He encourages Chicano patronage, rather than non-Chicano patronage, because he argues it [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782087

  • Photography and art through Boricua Eyes : interview with Julio Perazza, Senior in Art
    Gonzales, Jesse
    In this interview, Jesse Gonzales asks the photographer and student Julio Perazza about his experience as a Puerto Rican based in Detroit, the effect his ethnic background has on his art, his concept of art, and the importance of the Chicano and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782007

  • Querido Manuel
    Deal, Raoul
    In the form of a letter, Raoul Deal reflects on how his installation Reinventando a Jimmy Green [Reinventing Jimmy Green]explores issues of migration, consumerism, and identity. Through his work, the artist looks at his process of adaptation upon [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 840653

  • Race and Culture in the 21st Century
    Chapa Mendoza, Nora, 1932-
    The artist Nora Chapa Mendoza talks about issues of race and culture in the United States as they shaped her life and career as a Chicano artist. She describes her activities opening galleries, beginning in the early 1970s, in Pontiac and later in [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782039

  • Raza Art
    Cardona, Ana Luisa
    In this document, Ana L. Cardona, a Chicago-based artist, argues for a national and ethnic art based on the experiences of Chicano and Puerto Rican communities in the United States and counters the idea of the universality of art. The "raza art" [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 781546

  • Straddling la otra frontera: inserting mi chicana/o visual culture into chicana/o art
    Miner, Dylan
    In this text, Dylan Miner revises the historiography of Chicano art by inserting the activities of Chicano artists active in Michigan (“MiChicano/a” artists) and the Midwest into established narratives of Chicano art and culture. Miner recounts [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 840324

  • Task Force on Hispanic American Arts : Comisión Consultiva sobre las Artes de Origen Hispano en los Estados Unidos
    National Council on the Arts. Task Force on Hispanic American Arts
    This resolution of the Task Force on Hispanic American Arts, adopted on March 16, 1978, provided recommendations to the National Endowment for the Arts to improve and enhance access by Hispanic-American artists to its programs and granting processes [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782361

  • The "Grupo de Arte Jóven de Tocoal"
    Deal, Raoul
    In this lecture, Raoul Deal reflects on his experiences living in Mexico between 1988 and 1998, on the history of art and education in Mexico, and the work of the workshop of El Tesoro de Tamulté in the state of Tabasco. Deal stresses Leandro Soto [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 840704

  • The Art Council Application for Grants to Visual Artists Cover Sheet
    Sierra, Paul, 1944-
    In this artist’s statement, the Cuban-born painter Paul Sierra writes about the meaning of his art as an exploration of myth and memory, and about his search for identity located in the midst of two cultures and in both the past and the present. He [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782167

  • The Theatre of Nature: Paul Sierra's Paintings = Las Pinturas de Paul Sierra: Un teatro de la Naturaleza
    Pau-Llosa, Ricardo
    In this essay, Ricardo Pau-Llosa analyzes the paintings of Chicago-based, Cuban-American artist Paul Sierra within a framework of the convergence of nineteenth-century American landscape painting with what he calls the “theatricality” of Latin [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 802044

  • To Our Audience
    Cardona, Ana Luisa
    This text describes the founding of the Raza Art and Media Collective in 1975 and declares its six main goals, all aimed at cultivating art and education among Spanish-speaking people in Michigan. These included: 1) to provide education and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782023

  • Transnational identitites : cultura en proceso
    Suaréz, Bibiana, 1960-
    The author explains the significance of identity from the point of view of a transnational existence—living in the shifting flows of migration and diaspora, through economic integration, with the use and support of advanced technologies. [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782151

  • Twenty years of the Taller de Gráfica Popular : round table in the Taller de Gráfica Popular
    In this compilation of a series of discussions, eighteen members of Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP) address the history of the organization, including its founding, development throughout twenty years of activities, and present state in 1957. Member [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782279

  • Who made us the target of your outreach?
    Manglano-Ovalle, Iñigo, 1961-
    The artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle recounts the conflict that occurred between two efforts to neutralize a Chicago street block plagued by gang violence: the coordination of a block party by members of the Street-Level Video (SLV) collective and the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782199