Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black to present the 2024 Patricia McCarron McGinn Lecture on March 4

The UCLA Department of Art History proudly presents the 2024 Patricia McCarron McGinn Lecture, featuring Charlene Villaseñor Black, Art History Professor and Faculty Chair of the Chicana/o and Central American Studies.

Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black will be delivering a lecture entitled, “Art against Necropolitics”:

Can art act in the face of violence? Beginning in the 1990s, feminist activists and visual artists joined forces to protest feminicide (feminicidio), the targeted murders of women and girls, along the US-Mexico border. Mexican American (Chicana) artist Judithe Hernández produced her moving Juárez series in response. This talk focuses on Hernández’s work, analyzing her use of rhetorics of memorialization, including pictorial echoes of Catholic saints and deliberate invocations of indigeneity, to honor these victims of violence. While situated within the specific locale of the US-Mexico border, Hernández’s images are also in dialogue with anti-feminicide activism around the globe. Can art contest the power of necropolitics?

The presentation, with a reception to follow, will be held on Monday, March 4, 2024 at 5 PM at the Luskin Conference Center.

Please RSVP here by February 21st. And for more event details, please check the events page here

We look forward to seeing you at this annual department event!