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Cuellar, jose

Emeritus San Francisco State University Professor José Cuellar, aka Dr. Loco, and leader of Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band.

José Cuellar, Professor Emeritus of Latina/Latino Studies at San Francisco State University, a noted saxophone player and nicknamed “Dr. Loco” because he leads the musical group called Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band, will be playing ancient ocarinas from Central and Mesoamerica at Harvard University’s Geological Lecture Hall at 6pm on March 31. Admission is free and open to the public. Better get there early!

Thanks to Professor Davíd Carrasco, director of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project at Harvard, and Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, “Dr. Loco” will be playing a variety of ocarinas made by the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica and Central America. They were discovered by archaeologists who call them “artifacts,” but for Professor Cuellar they are wonderful musical instruments.

Performance: Dr. Loco will be playing the ocarinas at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 31 at 6pm. The performance is free and open to the public.

For additional details, here is the link to the Peabody Museum’s web announcement of the performance, and a museum exhibit of the ocarinas. Reviving the Ancient Sounds of Mesoamerican Ocarinas | Peabody Museum

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José Antonio Rodriguez’s exhibit titled Otras miradas. Fotógrafas en México 1832-1960 focuses on women photographers in Mexico, and has opened in Madrid at the Casamérica (Casa de America). It will run until January 9, 2012. The exhibit was previously shown at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City. Plans are underway for the next showing to be at the Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico in 2012.

Featured in the exhibit is an album of over 100 photographic prints of the ancient Maya ruins made by Alice Dixon Le Plongeon in the 1870s. It is shown along with the work of such important photographers as Tina Modotti, Helen Levitt, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Greta Sager, Caecilie Seler-Sachs, and paintings by Frida Kahlo.

For additional information on the exhibit link to: Otras miradas. Fotógrafas en México 1872-1960 | Casamérica, Madrid

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The exhibit– Mex/LA: Mexican modernism (s) in Los Angeles 1930-1985— opened in Long Beach at the Museum of Latin American Art on September 18 to rave reviews.

  • During the 1930s, two well-known Mexican painters, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco, created public murals in downtown L.A. and Pomona. Jesse Lerner, co-curator with Rubén Ortiz-Torres, of “Mex-LA” at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, says the artists’ work had a ripple effect in the Southland.
  • Lerner was interviewed by Southern California Public Radio and explained: “We were interested in using their presence in Southern California as a point of departure in thinking of the impact of Mexican modernism on the art world of Southern California and other exchanges back and forth between the arts communities of Mexico and Southern California.”
  • To hear the entire interview on Southern California Public Radio: Mex-LA exhibit explores Mexican-American two-way street | 89.3 KPCC
  • For the full exhibit description just go to the MOLAA link: MOLAA | MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles 1930-1985

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Opens September 8, 2011 at the Richard J. Riordan Central Library in Los Angeles, California.

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A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed– Sept. 8, 2011–June 3, 2012. 
The Mexican Revolution (1910–20), which lasted a decade and transformed the nation, was extensively chronicled by Mexican, American, and European photographers and illustrators. Thousands of images captured a country at war. From postcards of the 1910 Fiesta del Centenario, to images of a war that was waged on several fronts by ever-shifting revolutionary factions, to photographs of the 1923 assassination of Pancho Villa, this exhibition chronicles this complex, multifaceted chapter in Mexico’s history.Organized by the Getty Research Institute with support from Edison International.

For directions and hours: Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library

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An important new exhibit opens at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach on September 18, 2011.

Curated by Rubén Ortiz-Torres in association with Jesse Lerner, the exhibition MEX/L.A.: “Mexican” Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930-1985, focuses on the construction of different notions of “Mexicanidad” within modernist and contemporary art in Los Angeles. The period from 1945 to 1985 is attributed as the time when Los Angeles consolidated itself as an important cultural center. However, this time span excludes the controversial and important presence of the Mexican muralists and the production of other artists such as Philip Guston and Jackson Pollock who responded to their ideas and later influenced other artists in New York and throughout the United States.

It is often perceived that Los Angeles’ Mexican culture is alien and comes from elsewhere when in fact it originated in the city—it was in Los Angeles and Southern California where José Vasconcelos, Ricardo Flores Magón, Octavio Paz and other intellectuals developed the idea of modern Mexico while Anglos and Chicanos were developing their own culture. This is the place where Siqueiros and Orozco made some of their first murals and Los Angeles is the capital of Chicano art.

The purpose of this exhibition is not so much cultural affirmation and/or historical revisionism, but rather to understand how nationalism and internationalism are modernist constructions that are not necessarily exclusive but often complementary and fundamental in the formation of Mexican, American, Chicano art and the art of the City. The exhibition’s historiography and non-linear narratives will explore different media, points of view and notions of art and culture including painting, photography, film, video, animation, lowrider culture and design.

For the full exhibit description just go to the MOLAA link:

MOLAA | MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles 1930-1985

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Pablo León de la Barra has organized an exhibit titled: Incidentes de Viaje espejo Yucatán y otros lugares that is now featured at the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City. 

In the exhibit are four copies of  Le Plongeon prints from the Televisa Collection in Mexico City. The copies of the originals were made specifically for the exhibit by Javier Hinojosa. The original prints in the Televisa archive were made by Alice Dixon Le Plongeon from photos (negatives) she and Augustus Le Plongeon took of the Maya ruins at Uxmal and Chichen Itza in Yucatán the 1870s and 1880s.

Update: On May 28, 2011 I posted that an album of  more than 100 Le Plongeon prints was on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City. That album is reported to be from the Televisa Collection, but currently archived and curated by the Casa Lamm in Mexico City.

Incidentes de viaje espejo en Yucatán y otros lugares

Inauguración: jueves 7 de julio, 7:30 pm

A las 9:00 pm se encenderá la escultura efímera de Cerith Wyn Evans que forma parte de la exposición

Alias Editorial, Lara Almarcegui, Jürgen K. Brüggemann, Stefan Brüggemann, Mariana Castillo Deball, Frederick Catherwood, Claude-Joseph Desiré Charnay, Alice Dixon Le Plongeon y Augustus Le Plongeon, Sam Durant, Cyprien Gaillard, Mario García Torres, Alex Hubbard, Leandro Katz, Pierre Leguillon, Mauricio Maillé/Gabriel Orozco/Mauricio Rocha, Jeremy Millar, Jonathan Monk, Henry Moore, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Beatriz Santiago, Yann Sérandour, Cerith Wyn Evans y el espíritu de Robert Smithson.

Libremente inspirado por los viajes en Yucatán, Chiapas y Centroamérica de John Lloyd Stephens y Frederick Catherwood en 1839 y 1841, y el viaje realizado en 1969 por Robert Smithson por la península del sureste, la exposición presenta el trabajo de artistas modernos y contemporáneos que a través del turismo, la arqueología, o la antropología, se relacionan con el paisaje de ruinas antiguas y modernas para construir una nueva arqueología del presente.

Incidentes de viaje espejo en Yucatán y otros lugares » MTAC

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José Antonio Rodríguez, historian, curator and critic in Mexico City, has mounted an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City called Photographers in Mexico 1872-1960. The exhibit opened on May 18 and focuses on the contributions of women photographers.

Importantly, José Antonio has uncovered some original photographic prints by Alice Dixon Le Plongeon archived at the Casa Lamm in Mexico City, and has included them in the exhibit. Along with the prints by Alice, José Antonio has also written a summary of Alice’s work in Yucatán for the exhibit catalog based on his reading of my recent book Yucatán through her eyes.

Below is a translation of part of José Antonio’s article published by Mileneo Online in Spanish.  For the full entry go to the Mileneo Online linkJosé Antonio Rodriguez’ exhibit Photographers in Mexico 1872-1960 at Musuem of Modern Art, Mexico City 

In August 1873, a very young London photographer, just 21 years old, crossed the Atlantic from New York to reach the port of Progreso in the Yucatan. Alice Dixon and her husband Augustus Le Plongeon traveled by sea for 17 days. “What a fool I was” she wrote in her memoir, “to come on this damn boat! … Sea very violent. Extremely dizzy. I wish I was dead.” She was an accomplished photographer who had learned the trade from her father. As his assistant at the British Museum she had photographed museum pieces, and at the London Zoo her father had photographed animals in motion. Her reason for coming to Mexico was due mainly to her fascination with pre-Columbian culture which she shared with Augustus. She read John Lloyd Stephens’ Incidents of travel in Yucatan (1843), plus the books of Charles Brasseur [de Bourboug]. Alice and her husband took two years to prepare for their long stay in Mexico that lasted eleven years. Their documentation by means of stereoscopic photography of various Mayan cities, especially Uxmal, was with such care that they created extensive visual maps of the [archaeological] sites they visited. They set up photo studios in the country fairs to photograph the inhabitants and also document the daily lives of the people of Yucatan. Alice took the photos of women in the fields because Augustus was not allowed to accompany them. The Le Plongeons were accused of distorting historical reality by creating a myth of a connection between Atlantis and the Maya, or a link between Egypt and the Mayan world. But if we focus only on those accusations, the fact that their important photographic contribution brought knowledge of the Mayan culture to the world will be lost.

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