The Department of Women’s Studies and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender are pleased to announce that artist and filmmaker Nancy De Los Santos’ photography exhibit,“Chicana Fotos,” will call Lane Hall home for the fall semester.
Open for public viewing Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, “Chicana Fotos” features colorful imagery and powerfully documents scenes of Mexican American life throughout the 1970s. Central to the exhibit is a focus on struggles for social justice, highlighted in rare images of protests against police brutality in Texas, of the United Farm Workers of America organizing activities in Chicago, and of the International Women’s Year Conference in Mexico City.
“Chicana Fotos” debuted at Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library earlier this year, and was brought to Lane Hall by the efforts of curator Maria Cotera (Associate Professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies) and graduate student assistant Pau Nava. Stamps School of Art & Design professors Hannah Smotrich and Katie Rubin, along with their students, designed the exhibit.
On Friday, October 6, a reception will be held in Lane Hall featuring the artist herself, Nancy De Los Santos. With credits that include serving as co-writer and co-producer of The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latin Image in Hollywood Cinema and as associate producer of Selena, De Los Santos has dedicated her life and career to redefining images of Latina/os in popular media. She will share thoughts about her inspirations and process at an artist’s talk that will kick off the event.
The reception will take place from 4-6 pm, and is open to all interested members of the community. This event is cosponsored by the Latina/o Studies Program.