The Los Angeles Plaza

sacred and contested space
Author: William D. Estrada
Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
ISBN: 9780292717558
Category: Architecture
Page: 357
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City plazas worldwide are centers of cultural expression and artistic display. They are settings for everyday urban life where daily interactions, economic exchanges, and informal conversations occur, thereby creating a socially meaningful place at the core of a city. At the heart of historic Los Angeles, the Plaza represents a quintessential public space where real and imagined narratives overlap and provide as many questions as answers about the development of the city and what it means to be an Angeleno. The author, a social and cultural historian who specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Los Angeles, is well suited to explore the complex history and modern-day relevance of the Los Angeles Plaza. From its indigenous and colonial origins to the present day, Estrada explores the subject from an interdisciplinary and multiethnic perspective, delving into the pages of local newspapers, diaries and letters, and the personal memories of former and present Plaza residents, in order to examine the spatial and social dimensions of the Plaza over an extended period of time. The author contributes to the growing historiography of Los Angeles by providing a groundbreaking analysis of the original core of the city that covers a long span of time, space, and social relations. He examines the impact of change on the lives of ordinary people in a specific place, and how this change reflects the larger story of the city.

Bless Me, Ultima


Author: Rudolfo Anaya
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455521329
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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Stories filled with wonder and the haunting beauty of his culture have helped make Rudolfo Anaya the father of Chicano literature in English, and his tales fairly shimmer with the lyric richness of his prose. Acclaimed in both Spanish and English, Anaya is perhaps best loved for his classic bestseller ... Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will test the bonds that tie him to his people, and discover himself in the pagan past, in his father's wisdom, and in his mother's Catholicism. And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world-and will nurture the birth of his soul. (68,000 words)

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (New Edition)


Author: Mike Davis
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 1844675688
Category: Political Science
Page: 462
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This new edition of Mike Davis’s visionary work gives an update on Los Angeles as the city hits the 21st century. No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, "Los Angeles brings it all together." To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where "you can rot without feeling it." To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, as well as armed Beirut militias. In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA's shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. He gives us a city of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel Westa city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity. In this new edition, Davis provides a dazzling update on the city's current status.

Constructing Immigrant 'Illegality'

Critiques, Experiences, and Responses
Author: Cecilia Menjívar,Daniel Kanstroom
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107041597
Category: Political Science
Page: 412
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The topic of "illegal" immigration has been a major aspect of public discourse in the United States and many other immigrant-receiving countries. From the beginning of its modern invocation in the early twentieth century, the often ill-defined epithet of human "illegality" has figured prominently in the media; in vigorous public debates at the national, state, and local levels; and in presidential campaigns. In this collection of essays, contributors from a variety of disciplines - anthropology, law, political science, religious studies, and sociology - examine how immigration law shapes immigrant illegality, how the concept of immigrant illegality is deployed and lived, and how its power is wielded and resisted. The authors conclude that the current concept of immigrant illegality is in need of sustained critique, as careful analysis will aid policy discussions and lead to more just solutions.

Standing Up to the Madness

Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times
Author: Amy Goodman
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 1401395740
Category: Social Science
Page: 272
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Standing Up to the Madness not only is a timely, inspiring, and even revolutionary look at who wields the greatest power in America--everyday people who take a chance and stand up for what they believe in--but also offers advice on what you can do to help. Where are the millions marching in the streets to defend human rights, civil liberties, and racial justice? Where is the mass revulsion against the killing and torture being carried out in our name? Where are the environmentalists? Where is the peace movement? The answer: They are everywhere. The award-winning sister-brother team of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman traveled the country to detail the ways in which grassroots activists have taken politics out of the hands of politicians. Standing Up to the Madness tells the stories of everyday citizens who have challenged the government and prevailed. As the Bush administration has waged war abroad and at home, it has catalyzed a vast groundswell of political action. From African-American residents of deluged New Orleans who are fighting racism and City Hall to regain their homes; to four Connecticut librarians who refused to spy on their patrons, challenged the USA PATRIOT Act, and won; to a group of high school students who were barred from performing a play they wrote on the Iraq War based on letters from soldiers; to the first U.S. Army officer to publicly refuse orders to deploy to Iraq, charging that his duty as an officer is to refuse to fight in an illegal and immoral war, Standing Up to the Madness profiles citizens rising to extraordinary challenges. And, in the process, they are changing the way that politics is done, both now and in the future. In communities around the United States, courageous individuals have taken leaps of faith to stop the madness. They could only hope that if they led, others would follow. That is how movements are born. What begins as one, eventually becomes many. In that tradition, the authors have included the ways in which any individual can take action and effect change.

Places of Public Memory

The Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials
Author: Greg Dickinson,Carole Blair,Brian L. Ott
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817356134
Category: Architecture
Page: 282
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Though we live in a time when memory seems to be losing its hold on communities, memory remains central to personal, communal, and national identities. And although popular and public discourses from speeches to films invite a shared sense of the past, official sites of memory such as memorials, museums, and battlefields embody unique rhetorical principles. Places of Public Memory: The Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials is a sustained and rigorous consideration of the intersections of memory, place, and rhetoric. From the mnemonic systems inscribed upon ancient architecture to the roadside accident memorials that line America’s highways, memory and place have always been deeply interconnected. This book investigates the intersections of memory and place through nine original essays written by leading memory studies scholars from the fields of rhetoric, media studies, organizational communication, history, performance studies, and English. The essays address, among other subjects, the rhetorical strategies of those vying for competing visions of a 9/11 memorial at New York City’s Ground Zero; rhetorics of resistance embedded in the plans for an expansion of the National Civil Rights Museum; representations of nuclear energy—both as power source and weapon—in Cold War and post–Cold War museums; and tours and tourism as acts of performance. By focusing on “official” places of memory, the collection causes readers to reflect on how nations and local communities remember history and on how some voices and views are legitimated and others are minimized or erased.

Border Correspondent

Selected Writings, 1955-1970
Author: Ruben Salazar
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520213852
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
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Since his tragic death while covering the massive 1970 Chicano antiwar moratorium in Los Angeles, Ruben Salazar has become a legend in the Chicano community. This first major collection of Salazar's writing is a testament to his pioneering role in the Mexican American community, journalism, and the evolution of race relations in the United States. Here is a documentary history of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s. 20 photos.

Imagined Transnationalism

U.S. Latino/a Literature, Culture, and Identity
Author: K. Concannon,F. Lomelí,M. Priewe
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230103324
Category: Art
Page: 266
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With its focus on Latina/o communities in the United States, this collection of essays identifies and investigates the salient narrative and aesthetic strategies with which an individual or a collective represents transnational experiences and identities in literary and cultural texts.

The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force


Author: Stephanie Sauer
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9781477308707
Category: Art
Page: 160
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How do you write a history of a group that has been written out of history? In The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force, world-famous archaeologist La Stef and the clandestine Con Sapos Archaeological Collective track down the "facts" about the elusive RCAF, the Rebel Chicano Art Front that, through an understandable mix-up with the Royal Canadian Air Force, became the Royal Chicano Air Force. La Stef and her fellow archaeologists document the plight and locura que cura of the RCAF, a group renowned for its fleet of adobe airplanes, ongoing subversive performance stance, and key role as poster makers for the United Farm Workers Union during the height of the Chicano civil rights movement. As the Con Sapos team uncovers tensions between fact and fiction in historical consciousness and public memory, they abandon didactic instruction and strive instead to offer a historiography in which various cultural paradigms already intersect seamlessly and on equal ground. That they often fail to navigate the blurred lines between "objective" Western archival sciences and Indigenous/Chicana/o cosmologies reflects the very human predicament of documenting the histories of complicated New Worlds everywhere. Uniquely blending art history, oral history, cultural studies, and anthropology, The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force suspends historical realities and leaps through epochs and between conversations with various historical figures, both dead and alive, to offer readers an intimate experience of RCAF history.

Mundos Alternos

Art and Science Fiction in the Americas
Author: Tyler Stallings,Robb Hernández
Publisher: Ucr Artsblock
ISBN: 9780982304686
Category: Art
Page: 160
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Mundos Alternos looks at science fiction in the Americas through a transcultural perspective, grounded in an understanding of "Latinidad" expressed through shared hemispheric experiences in language, culture and visual expression. If a Latin American science fiction is said to exist, the texts in this volume interrogate where that Latin America, and its science-fiction imagination, might be located. In addition to focusing on specific regions in North, Central and South America, the book's essays cross time and space, illuminating Soviet influence in Cuba, the impact of American pop culture in Mexico and the cross-pollination of European avant-garde aesthetics in Brazil. Mundos Alternos will be an indispensable resource for contemporary art curators working on Latin America, science-fiction scholars interested in visual interpretations of the genre and readers interested in science fiction, art, Latin America and the diaspora.

The Unknown City

Contesting Architecture and Social Space
Author: Iain Borden,Joe Kerr,Alicia Pivaro,Jane Rendell
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262523356
Category: Architecture
Page: 533
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A look beyond design process and buildings aimed at discovering new ways of looking at the urban experience.

L.A. Xicano


Author: Chon A. Noriega,Terecita Romo,Pilar Tompkins Rivas
Publisher: Chicano Studies Research Center
ISBN: 9780895511454
Category: Architecture
Page: 228
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Catalog of exhibitions held at the Autry National Center, Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 14-2011-Jan. 8, 2012, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 25, 2011-Feb. 26, 2012 and Oct. 16, 2011-Feb. 26, 2012, and LACMA, Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 16, 2011-Jan. 22, 2012.

Dimensions of the Americas

Art and Social Change in Latin America and the United States
Author: Shifra M. Goldman
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226301235
Category: Art
Page: 494
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This volume presents an overview of the social history of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art. This collection of thirty-three essays focuses on Latin American artists throughout Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the United States. The author provides a chronology of modern Latin American art; a history of "social art history" in the United States; and synopses of recent theoretical and historical writings by major scholars from Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, and the United States. In her essays, she discusses a vast array of topics including: the influence of the Mexican muralists on the American continent; the political and artistic significance of poster art and printmaking in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and among Chicanos; the role of women artists such as Guatemalan painter Isabel Ruiz; and the increasingly important role of politics and multinational businesses in the art world of the 1970s and 1980s. She explores the reception of Latin American and Latino art in the United States, focusing on major historical exhibits as well as on exhibits by artists such as Chilean Alfredo Jaar and Argentinean Leandro Katz. Finally, she examines the significance of nationalist and ethnic themes in Latin American and Latino art.

Cities Full of Symbols

A Theory of Urban Space and Culture
Author: P. Nas
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9087281250
Category: Social Science
Page: 303
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Cities are full of symbols that bear the meanings that together constitute urban culture. These interdisciplinary case studies, from Yogyakarta to Leiden and from Buenos Aires to New York, employ urban symbolism theory and a focus on such symbols as the city's layout, statues, street names and popular culture. This book examines design proposals that show symbolic handling of the 9/11 attack on New York, the disaster symbolism of the ship washed ashore by the tsunami in Banda Aceh, and the design of the symbol of the city of Cape Town derived from a remnant of Dutch colonial architecture, or the mass pilgrimage to Elvis's Graceland in Memphis. 'Cities Full of Symbols' develops urban symbolic ecology and hypercity approaches into a new perspective on social cohesion. Approaches of architects, anthropologists, sociologists, social geographers and historians converge to make this a book for anyone interested in urban life, policymaking and city branding.--Cover.

A Companion to Los Angeles


Author: William Deverell,Greg Hise
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118798058
Category: History
Page: 546
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This Companion contains 25 original essays by writers and scholars who present an expert assessment of the best and most important work to date on the complex history of Los Angeles. The first Companion providing a historical survey of Los Angeles, incorporating critical, multi-disciplinary themes and innovative scholarship Features essays from a range of disciplines, including history, political science, cultural studies, and geography Photo essays and ‘contemporary voice’ sections combine with traditional historiographic essays to provide a multi-dimensional view of this vibrant and diverse city Essays cover the key topics in the field within a thematic structure, including demography, social unrest, politics, popular culture, architecture, and urban studies

The Crusade for Justice

Chicano Militancy and the Government's War on Dissent
Author: Ernesto B. Vigil
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299162245
Category: History
Page: 487
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Recounts the history of a Chicano rights group in 1960s Denver

California Red

A Life in the American Communist Party
Author: Dorothy Healey,Maurice Isserman
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252062780
Category: History
Page: 263
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El Pueblo

The Historic Heart of Los Angeles
Author: Jean Bruce Poole,Tevvy Ball
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892366620
Category: Art
Page: 132
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El Pueblo de Los Angeles was founded in 1781 by settlers from present-day Mexico of Indian, African, and European descent. Capital of Mexican California in the 1840s, the town grew with the influx of Anglo-Americans, Europeans, and Chinese later in the nineteenth century. As Los Angeles blossomed into a modern metropolis, the old pueblo fell into disrepair. It was revitalized with the opening in 1930 of the Mexican marketplace at Olvera Street. Illustrated in color throughout, the book combines engaging text with historical paintings, archival photographs, and new photography to create a vivid portrait of the pueblo, its history, and its heritage. The book surveys life in the Spanish, Mexican, and early American periods and tells the story of the Siqueiros mural Am�rica Tropical, a remarkable tale of art, ideology, and politics in 1930s Los Angeles. Final chapters tour the pueblo's historic buildings and discuss current initiatives to preserve its rich heritage.

South of Pico

African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s
Author: Kellie Jones
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822374161
Category: Art
Page: 416
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Named a Best Art Book of 2017 by the New York Times and Artforum In South of Pico Kellie Jones explores how the artists in Los Angeles's black communities during the 1960s and 1970s created a vibrant, productive, and engaged activist arts scene in the face of structural racism. Emphasizing the importance of African American migration, as well as L.A.'s housing and employment politics, Jones shows how the work of black Angeleno artists such as Betye Saar, Charles White, Noah Purifoy, and Senga Nengudi spoke to the dislocation of migration, L.A.'s urban renewal, and restrictions on black mobility. Jones characterizes their works as modern migration narratives that look to the past to consider real and imagined futures. She also attends to these artists' relationships with gallery and museum culture and the establishment of black-owned arts spaces. With South of Pico, Jones expands the understanding of the histories of black arts and creativity in Los Angeles and beyond.

The Los Angeles River

Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth
Author: Blake Gumprecht
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801866425
Category: Architecture
Page: 384
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Three centuries ago, the Los Angeles River meandered through marshes and forests of willow and sycamore. Trout spawned in its waters and grizzly bears roamed its shores. The bountiful environment the river helped create supported one of the largest concentrations of Indians in North America. Today, the river is made almost entirely of concrete. Chain-link fence and barbed wire line its course. Shopping carts and trash litter its channel. Little water flows in the river most of the year, and nearly all that does is treated sewage and oily street runoff. On much of its course, the river looks more like a deserted freeway than a river. The river's contemporary image belies its former character and its importance to the development of Southern California. Los Angeles would not exist were it not for the river, and the river was crucial to its growth. Recognizing its past and future potential, a potent movement has developed to revitalize its course. The Los Angeles River offers the first comprehensive account of a river that helped give birth to one of the world's great cities, significantly shaped its history, and promises to play a key role in its future.