A talk by Gabriel Meléndez
Wednesday, March 5, 4:30 – 6pm,
Cornerstone Art Center Film Screening Room
This presentation looks at how popular Latino religious traditions in New Mexico are at once local and global, and have their origins in the global transfer of religious iconography and ceremonial practices in the Spanish colonial and post-colonial world. It will show how such practices moved across continents on the Caminos Reales or the inland Royal Roads and across oceans on routes as the famous Manila Galleon trade network.
A. Gabriel Meléndez is Professor and former Chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, where he has been Professor of American Studies since 2002. Meléndez is a literary, social and cultural critic with research interests in ethnic and cultural representations in film, autobiography, ethnopoetics and ethnocritical theory. He has been the recipient of a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship and several other research grants including awards from the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Regional Studies (UNM) and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project (University of Houston).
Transnational Hip Hop In the Gallery, in the Street, and on the Stage
InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts at Colorado College
March 24 – May 8, 2014
The Oobie Kids
Thursday, March 27, 4:30 – 6:30pm
IDEA Space in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
Opening reception for exhibition and Panel Discussion with exhibition artists and CC faculty. Includes performance by students from From Fringe to Spotlight, taught by professor Idris Goodwin.
From its roots within the urban American experience of the 1960-70s, contemporary hip-hop culture has evolved into an expressive language that transcends cultural and national boundaries. Formerly subversive modes of expression, such as graffiti, rap, appropriation, and breakdancing have now become flexible strategies for personal and political communication that spans all racial, national, and economic groups. From March 24 – May 8 2014 Colorado College will explore the ways in which the hip hop strategies of remix, mash-up, appropriation, and protest allow for the creation of new cultural hybrids within the shifting terrains of the mainstream. The project will include a gallery exhibition, public art projects, lectures, performances, films, and discussions.
The exhibition component of the project will focus on three contemporary artists Ruben Aguirre iROZEALb, and Jaque Fragua. The artists employ strategies drawn from street art practices and hip-hop culture within the context of fine art. The exhibition will uncover the tensions created when graffiti motifs are removed from lived, public spaces and realized into two-and three-dimensional forms. Themes addressed include: an examination the relationship between the self-definition inherent in the creation street art and the drive toward individual expression of Abstract Expressionism; the power of poetic insurrection within public spaces; and the creation of hybrid identities through cultural appropriations.