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THE LATINIZATION OF ART & CULTURE IN AMERICA
Understanding Its Impact and Why it Matters

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October 18, 2005

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch and Welcome/Orientation at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

MacArthur awardee and Pulitzer-prize winning author, Jack Miles and sculptor Robert Graham, who created the Cathedral’s bronze doors. Tour of the Cathedral with Pamela Ludwig, Cathedral representative.
    •  Robert Graham, sculptor
    •  Jack Miles, senior advisor to president, J. Paul Getty Trust

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
“Who Are We Talking About? Why Are We Here? The Current Demographics – and Where We are Going”

Speaker: David Hayes-Bautista, author of “La Nueva California” and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCL.
    •  David Hayes-Bautista, director, UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture
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3:55 pm - 5:20 pm
“Varieties of Experience: Personal stories about Writing for the Anglo Mainstream vs. Latino Mainstream / English vs. Spanish language press”

Lead speaker: Oscar Garza, editor-in-chief, Tu Ciudad and former arts editor at the Los Angeles Times and editor of Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Speakers: Gustavo Arellano, OC Weekly reporter and columnist of “Ask A Mexican;” Antonio Mejias-Rentas, entertainment editor, La Opinión; Lorenza Munoz, Los Angeles Times, entertainment reporter in Calendar and Business sections
Watch video of the session (169.9 MB)

    •  Gustavo Arellano, reporter, OC Weekly
    •  Oscar Garza, editor-in-chief, Tu Ciudad
    •  Antonio Mejias-Rentas, arts and entertainment editor, La Opinion
    •  Lorenza Munoz, business reporter, Los Angeles Times

5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Patina Restaurant, 111 S. Grand Ave

Tour of Walt Disney Concert Hall; Leticia Buckley and Josephine Ramirez of the Los Angeles Music Center and Adam Crane of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

9:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Optional visit to hear live taping of “The Red Zone” on Indie 103.1 FM

With DJ and host Chelina “Cha Cha” Vargas and New York Times pop music critic, Jon Pareles. “The Red Zone” program broadcasts “the coolest alternative music from Latin Artists spanning the globe, from the US, Mexico, Latin America, and beyond.” Broadcast from 10 pm to 12am
    •  Jon Pareles, music critic, New York Times
    •  Chelina Vargas, producer and host, The Red Zone

October 19, 2005

9:15 am - 10:00 am
“Resuscitating Latin Music of the Past”

“Discovering The Tradition of Corridos – as far back as the 17th Century”

Presentation by Isabel Castro Melendez of UCLA and co-curator of “Corridos Sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition,” a music exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Art and Industries Building, and Guillermo E. Hernandez, professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA
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    •  Isabel Castro Melendez, co-curator, “Corridos Sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition”
    •  Guillermo Hernandez, professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA

10:10 am - 11:00 am
“Resuscitating Latin Music of the Past”

“The Impact of Latin Music on US Pop Culture: From Ragtime to Rock ‘n’ Roll”

Presentation by Ruben Guevara, musician, Chicano music historian and producer of alternative Latin rock
    •  Ruben Guevara, freelancer
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11:15 am - 12:30 pm
“Conflicts of Race and Professional Responsibility: That’s my Culture and You Can’t Have It”

Lead speaker and Senior Fellow: Agustin Gurza, music and general Latino culture beat reporter for the Los Angeles Times and former columnist, Times Orange County edition Metro section
Speakers: Betto Arcos, Los Angeles radio legend and contributing reporter and producer for NPR and independent producer, promoter and manager; Josh Kun, associate professor of English at UC Riverside and a contributor to Los Angeles Magazine, Tu Ciudad, and LA Weekly and author of recently published, “Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America;” Eugene Rodriguez, founder and executive Director of Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center in San Pablo, CA
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    •  Betto Arcos, host, Noche De Ronda
    •  Agustin Gurza, reporter, Los Angeles Times
    •  Josh Kun, associate professor of English, University of California Riverside
    •  Eugene Rodriguez, executive director, Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Lunch (breakout groups)

Victor Merina, senior fellow of Racial Journalism at the USC Institute for Justice and Journalism
    •  Victor Merina, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Sabor Next Door: How Latin musicians are transforming American music right now, from barrios to mosh pits to the mainstream.

Jon Pareles, New York Times pop music critic, for the first hour solo, and for the second hour with Chelina Vargas, DJ and host of “The Red Zone” on Indie 103.1, the nation’s first Latin alternative show on an English-language commercial station.

Watch video of the session (280.1 MB)

    •  Jon Pareles, music critic, New York Times
    •  Chelina Vargas, producer and host, The Red Zone

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dinner

Keynote address by Rubén Martinez, award-winning journalist and associate editor at Pacific News Service, commentator on CNN, Frontline, Nightline and All Things Considered. Martinez is also the author of “Crossing Borders” and “The New Americans”
    •  Ruben Martinez, associate professor, Creative Writing Program, University of Houston
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October 20, 2005

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visit to the studio of Gronk, artist and charter member of the art group, Asco, with Max Benavidez, UCLA resident scholar, writer and art critic
    •  Max Benavidez, writer
    •  Gronk, painter and performance artist

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Art tour of La Opinión

With Edward Goldman, visual art critic for KCRW and curator of the Lozano family’s collection of Chicano art from the 70s and 80s. The Lozanos founded La Opinion, the largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the U.S. in 1926
    •  Edward Goldman, art critic, KCRW

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch

With the arts editor and culture writers from La Opinión: Victoria Infante, La Vibra editor; Antonio Mejias-Rentas, entertainment editor, and Juan Rodriguez Flores, film writer
    •  Victoria Infante, editor, La Vibra
    •  Antonio Mejias-Rentas, arts and entertainment editor, La Opinion
    •  Juan Rodriguez Flores, film writer

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
“THE CONVERSATION: In a white dominated art market & critical establishment, why are there no – or so few – Chicano, Central and South American artists in major museum collections? Do the museums reject identity-based art? And, does the new Latino majority want identity-specific exhibitions?”

Lead speaker: Rita Gonzalez, assistant curator at the Center for Arts in the Americas at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Speakers: Miki Garcia, co-curator of the S-Files at Museo del Barrio in NYC and Executive Director, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum; Bill Kelley, director of LatinArt.com, independent writer, curator and critic; Alma Ruiz, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA); Mario Ybarra, artist and founder of Slanguage Gallery

In attendance: Max Benavidez, UCLA resident scholar, writer and art critic; Edward Goldman, visual art critic for KCRW
    •  Max Benavidez, writer
    •  Miki Garcia, executive director, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
    •  Edward Goldman, art critic, KCRW
    •  Rita Gonzalez, assistant curator, Center for Art of the Americas, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    •  Bill Kelly Jr., director, www.LatinArt.com
    •  Alma Ruiz, associate curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
    •  Mario Ybarra, founder, Slanguage Gallery

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Performance

Casa de Mexicana, 2900 Pedro Infante, Los Angeles, 90063

Heidi Duckler’s Collage Dance Theater’s world premiere of “The Entire World is a Narrow Bridge”

October 21, 2005

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Victor Merina leads a workshop with Agustin Gurza + Gustavo Arellano

Workshop on journalism practices
    •  Gustavo Arellano, reporter, OC Weekly
    •  Agustin Gurza, reporter, Los Angeles Times
    •  Victor Merina, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism

12:45 pm - 2:10 pm
Meeting at SiTV

Jeff Valdez, chairman, launched the country’s first English language Latino cable network, SiTV, which targets hip, young, accultured Hispanics
    •  Jeff Valdez, chairman, SiTV

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
A Conversation about Cinema

Sergio Aguero, producer of Andale Pictures (“Y Tu Mama Tambien”) talks with Phillip Rodriguez about the conundrum: where do Latinos fit in cinema?
    •  Sergio Aguero, producer, Andale Pictures
    •  Phillip Rodriguez, documentary filmmaker

4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Screening of Phillip Rodriguez’s film, “Los Angeles Now"

6:20 pm - 7:20 pm
Dinner

9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Performance

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Dawn Upshaw sings the most recent major work from Osvaldo Golijov: Ayre, a song cycle drawn from 15th-century Iberian folk songs. Golijov, an Argentine, is joined by Gustavo Santaolalla, founder of Arco Iris, a pioneer fusion band of rock and Latin American folk music, and by the new music ensemble, eighth blackbird

October 22, 2005

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
In Pursuit of A Story

Senior fellows Gurza and Arellano lead the Fellows to Santa Ana to meet Sali Heráldez of SolArt Gallery & Café and Carolina Sarmiento of the Centro Cultural de México. Both are young Santa Ana natives who have battled mightily against the city in their efforts to bring art and culture into the town—Sarmiento as head of a non-profit that runs free music and arts programs, Heráldez as someone who can’t get a business license because the city says her space has too few parking spaces. Also pay a visit to Librería Martínez to meet the owner, MacArthur awardee Rueben Martinez.
    •  Gustavo Arellano, reporter, OC Weekly
    •  Agustin Gurza, reporter, Los Angeles Times

12:35 pm - 1:25 pm
Lunch (break out groups)

2:20 pm - 3:20 pm
A Visit to NOT A CORNFIELD

Artist Lauren Bon’s art project, on the 32-acre historic site popularly known as “The Cornfield.” Meet and walk through the site with Carmelo Alvarez and Al Nodal, Not A Cornfield's project manager and the former general manager of the City of L.A.'s Cultural Affairs Department.

3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
A Visit to Two Unconventional Artists

Visit to the studio of tattoo artist Mister Cartoon, who has worked on product design for Nike, Scion and T-Mobile, and photographer Estevan Oriol, who recently signed a three picture deal with producer Brian Grazer.

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Performance

Austin, TX- band, El Grupo Fantasma and the B-Side Players, (Afro Cuban/Colombian/Mexican rhythms and politics)

October 23, 2005

9:00 am - 9:55 am
“The Nuts and Bolts of Culture Writing”

Session led by Victor Merina, senior fellow for Racial Journalism at the USC Institute of Justice and Journalism
    •  Victor Merina, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism
Watch video of the session (136 MB)

10:00 am - 10:30 am
“What You Will Take Back to the Newsroom”

An exercise given by Sasha Anawalt, director, Latinization of Art & Culture seminar for Western Knight Center and USC Annenberg
    •  Sasha Anawalt, director, NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater, USC Annenberg

10:45 am - 11:45 am
Presentation by the Fellows of their Findings

12:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Graduation Lunch and Tour

 

 

 
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