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Latino/a Mobility in California History

Genevieve Carpio, Javier Cienfuegos, Ivonne Gonzalez, Karen Lazcano, Katherine Lee Berry, Joshua Mandell, Christofer Rodelo, Alfonso Toro, Authors

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Latin@ Mobility Exhibit

Latina and Latino Mobility in 20th Century California

This exhibit represents a digital collaboration by the students of HIST/ERM 129: Topics in California History. Building on our Migrant Object exercise, the Latin@ Mobility in 20th century California features media objects created to examine questions related to race, mobility, and California history. The East Los Angeles Blowouts, circulation of images pertaining to Filipino and Mexican American collaboration within the United Farm Workers movement, migrant theater by El Teatro Campesino, mural iconography in San Diego and Los Angeles, photography of Latinas in urban space, street vendors in Los Angeles, and transnational movements within the sister cities of San Diego and Tijuana each point towards the varied roles of mobility in Latino/a California. 

Students chose to organize the exhibit geographically, moving from the U.S./ Mexico border to Central California. In doing so, they provide a mapping of California that foregrounds spatial relationships. Throughout the exhibit, themes such as visual culture, political-economy, and activism further link the projects to one another.

Drawing inspiration from Art Intersections: Smithsonian Asian-Latino Pop-Up Museum, this project opened as an on-campus digital installation in December 2014. Through projectors and a LED screen, we transformed the built environment of Yale into a web exhibition. Using Latino/a histories of migration as our foundation, the exhibit explored the ways emergent technologies change how research is done and who it is done for. An archive of the Digital Pop-Up was created through our Twitter hashtag #CaLatino, Storify, and Flickr. 

Follow the path below to view student exhibits, as well as additional resources pertaining to media research and writing.
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