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Exhibit Space

The Women's Studies Department and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender host two exhibits per year in the main lobby of Lane Hall, 204 S. State Street. The exhibits, broadly related to issues of women and gender, are available for public viewing Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.

Fall 2017

Chicana Fotos: Nancy De Los Santos

An exhibit of Chicana photography documenting the 1970s

“Chicana Fotos” features photographs by accomplished filmmaker and writer, Nancy De Los Santos, who has dedicated her life and career to rewriting and redefining images of Latina/os in mainstream media. With large colorful imagery, De Los Santos offers a striking depiction of the struggles for social justice during the 1970s. Featured in the exhibit are rare images of the United Farm Workers of America organizing activities in Chicago, protests against police brutality and for farm worker rights in Texas, and the first global conference on women, the International Women’s Year Conference in Mexico City.

Before coming to Lane Hall, the exhibit debuted at Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library as a collaboration among El Museo del Norte, Chicana por mi Raza Digital Archive, and the Stamps School of Art and Design. 

Born and raised in Chicago by Mexican-American parents, Nancy De Los Santos is an accomplished filmmaker and proud “Chicana from Chicago” who has dedicated her life and career to rewriting and redefining the image of Latina/os in the mainstream media. Among her most celebrated works are as Co-Writer and Co-Producer of The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latin Image in Hollywood Cinema, with Susan Racho and Alberto Dominguez, and as Associate Producer on the feature film Selena.

The exhibit was exhibit curated by Maria Cotera (Associate Professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies; IRWG Executive Committee) with assistance from graduate student Pau Nava, and designed by Professors Hannah Smotrich, Katie Rubin, and their students at the Stamps School of Art & Design.

Photo Credits: Nancy De Los Santos