Book Talk: Leticia Alvarado presents "Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production"
Leticia Alvarado, assistant professor of ethnic studies and American studies at Brown University and former CSRC visiting scholar, will present her book Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production (Duke University Press, 2018), which explores the work of artists Ana Mendieta, Nao Bustamante, and the Chicano art collective Asco. Alvarado discusses how these artists use a strategy of abjection—incorporating uncertainty, disgust, unbelonging—to represent experiences that occur at the edge of mainstream Latina/o struggles for social justice. She argues for the continuing relevance of aesthetic theory in Latina/o studies and its importance to political practice and the formation of a diverse Latinidad. Books will be available for purchase and a reception will follow the event.
This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Performance Studies, the UCLA Department of English, and the CSRC.
Books will be available for purchase at the event.
This event is free and open to the public.