Arte y Diseño Latinx: Comunicación Cotidiana with Ramon Tejada and Carlos Avila



Comunicacion Cotidiana is a hybrid conversation that analyses the distinct ways in which people in Latin America use imagery, typography, and local materials to communicate with distinctive nuances that reflect keen awareness of audience, location, and language. In our Charla/Chat, we interact with and consider artifacts, peoples, artisans, and artists from Mexico, Dominican Republic, and beyond that help piece together a better awareness of the ideas, stories, and tools people in Latin America use to create visual languages. 

some Theoretical Considerations in reading latin american design history



A talk in two parts focusing on certain conceptual and theoretical considerations in response to reading design histories of Latin America. Through the lenses of Latin American philosophers, critical theorists, and writers, we will make observations on local art, design, identity, and the role of the creative imagination in the production of new forms. We will consider the relationships between pre-modern forms, modern materials, and visual culture – and what a sustained engagement with the past can provide for us in the present.

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pecha kucha: latinx diaspora in america



In a Pecha Kucha format we examine four distinct perspectives on design by Latinx designers with roots in Latin America and Los Angeles. The talks include:

Pilar Castillo — Plantation to Paradise, Designing the Caribbean: explores the role of design and advertising in shaping Caribbean identity that exploits a visual narrative of pirate adventure, plantation nostalgia, and tropical romanticism.

Shannon Doronio Chavez — Colonization, Assimilation, and Gentefication: Graphic Design deliverables are artifacts that connect us to our history. The artifacts included in this presentation are related to the “Mexican American'' experience, exploring what is lost in colonization, what is learned in assimilation, and what is gained in the creation of a hybrid culture.

Roberto Rodriguez — Maria de Los Angeles: From Typography to Migration explores a brief history of the Virgen de Guadalupe and its significance within the Catholic community both in Mexico and Los Angeles, focusing on typography inspired by the first official Mexican flag.

MJ Balvanera — Mexican Design History: Printing and Protesting explores a collection of artwork made by and for political movements in Mexican history, specifically those originating from the Mexican Revolution and throughout the first half of the 20th century, and the socialist and communist ideals that have always been juxtaposed against capitalist influence.

Diseñando Identidad:
Community Education, Design, and Politics in Puerto Rico



In the mid-twentieth century, Puerto Rico’s first elected governor, Luis Muñoz Marín, developed a radical educational program that leveraged design, film, and art to provide basic education for predominantly rural Puerto Rican communities. DIVEDCO (the Division of Community Education), a government sponsored program led by artists and designers, exemplified the disparity between the colonial regimes that pushed for modernization and Americanization of the island and the resistance movements that inspired Puerto Rican patriotism and a search for identity and cultural voice. These talks will serve as an introduction to Puerto Rican 20th century (typo)graphic design history with a focus on the individuals who helped lay the foundation for a vibrant tradition of visual and graphic arts both on the island and across the diaspora.

On Queerness & Race in Brazilian Art & Design



Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, is “full of potential and imagination.” It is a land brimming with regional customs and traditions and multiple histories and encounters both clash and coalesce. This pair of lectures dig through layers of histories and representation in shifting how race and queerness are seen and understood. From “A Redenção de Cã” to the Enciclopédia Negra to the cultural figure of Marielle Franco, the myths of a racial democracy are unpacked and decolonized. We also look at the Manifesto Antropófago, the journal O Lampião da Esquina, and contemporary cuir artists who through sheer audacity and creativity have created new languages and ways of telling their stories.