Deborah Marrow, presente!
It's not often that a colleague, let alone the director of a major foundation, uses the word "love" in talking to your campus leadership about you and the work that you do. But Deborah Marrow, former director of the Getty Foundation, was one such person. Deborah passed away on Tuesday, but her impact in the arts will be felt for a long time to come. I am honored to have known her over the last fifteen years, and also to have worked alongside her as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time initiative. She was a friend of the CSRC in the best possible way: she saw what we were doing, knew how it made a difference, and made it personal. Here's a video with Deborah on the occasion of the CSRC's 40th anniversary. I am sorry she did not live to see our 50th. But the CSRC today certainly reflects her support: fifteen publications that have earned twenty-nine international book awards, seven museum exhibitions reaching nearly 500,000 people, numerous oral histories and archival collections that are now available to researchers, and a new generation of Chicana/o students who have had hands-on training in art research, exhibition, publication, and public programming. Thank you, Deborah. The CSRC loves you right back, and we will never forget you.
--Chon Noriega, Director and Professor