SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
Charlene Villaseñor Black on "Art as a Means of Getting Outside Ourselves"

During a trip to Mexico when she was 15, Charlene Villaseñor Black wandered into the Church of Santa Prisca y San Sebastián in Taxco. “I was dazzled by the 18th-century interior, with Baroque paintings and gold retablos [devotional works] perfectly preserved,” says the Arizona native, now a professor of art history and Chicana/o and Central American studies at UCLA.

At that moment, Villaseñor Black, who is Mexican American, knew she wanted to become an art historian. Today, she specializes in the art of the early modern Iberian world as well as in contemporary Latino art. Recently, she has focused on how the work of Chicana/Chicano artists can influence viewers’ thinking on issues of immigration along the U.S. southern border.

Learn more in a special profile of Professor Villaseñor Black in the UCLA Magazine!