Virtual Exhibition Now Open - ¡Presente!: 50 Years of Chicano & Latino Studies
2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Chicano & Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota. To commemorate the occasion, we developed an exhibition called ¡Presente!: 50 Years of Chicano & Latino Studies in collaboration with Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) and the UMN Heritage Studies & Public History program.
Hosted by CLUES in their St. Paul gallery, the exhibition documents the Chicano & Latino studies department’s five decades of scholarship and community engagement through a combination of archival materials and artwork from local Chicanx and Latinx artists.
About the Exhibition
¡Presente!: 50 Years of Chicano & Latino Studies is a multi-media exhibition that explores
- Students’ mobilization efforts that ultimately created the Chicano studies department in 1971 and increased the faculty in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.
- Female leadership among student activists.
- Cross-racial and -ethnic solidarities.
- Community-based pedagogies.
The curatorial team commissioned seven Twin Cities artists and two art collectives to produce work that is inspired by the department’s archival documents housed at the UMN Libraries Archives & Special Collections.
Luisa Armendariz & Margaret Ogas
Spoken Word Performances by the Palabristas
Neri R. Diaz
Gabriela Erandi Spears-Rico
Larry Lucio, Jr.
Karen Mary Davalos
Raquel Diaz Goutierez
Jennifer A. Dominguez
José Garcia Balderas
Denisse Santiago Ojeda