Lecture by Vincent Valdez

6 pm

Vincent Valdez, a visual artist based in Houston, Texas, received his B.F.A. at The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence in 2000. He has had solo exhibitions and participated in group shows at venues, such as, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; David Shelton Gallery, Houston, Texas; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; MASS MoCA; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. His work is found in numerous collections, including the Ford Foundation; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame; David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University; and others.


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Día de Los Muertos: Lecture and Book Signing with Ann Murdy

1:30 – 3:00 pm


You are invited to a special lecture and book signing!

Join artist and author, Ann Murdy, for a discussion of her book, On the Path of Marigolds: Living Traditions of Mexico’s Day of the Dead / En el camino de los cempasúchitles: Tradiciones vivas del Día de Los Muertos de México with Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn, Director of the NHCC Art Museum. The discussion will be followed by a book signing with the author.

About the Author

Ann Murdy is an award-winning photographer who has been taking pictures of México’s Day of the Dead and other celebrations since 1991. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the photo archives of the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. She has a B.A. from Chapman University in Orange County, and also B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Lecture and Presentation with Marta Turok

2:30 pm

You are invited to a special lecture and presentation!

Speaker:  Marta Turok

Title: Huipiles and Mexican Indigenous Textiles: Technique and Evolution

Suggested donation of $5.00  goes to help support programs like this at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum!

Please join the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum in welcoming Marta Turok, renown expert in  Mexican textiles to Albuquerque.  Marta Turok lives in Mexico and has worked in government agencies and non-governmental organizations such as the National Indigenous Institute, the Department of Popular Cultures, (which she headed from 1986-1988) and FONART, the Federal Fund for Crafts Development. Her work has focused on cultural revival and empowerment, specializing in folk art and crafts with an environmental focus. She has taught at various universities, worked as curator of national and international exhibits, written dozens of books and articles and was the founding president of AMACUP, the Mexican Association of Folk Art and Culture, a pioneer organization in crafts development in Mexico.  She is currently she is Curator for the Ruth D. Lechuga Center for Folk Art Studies at the Franz Mayer Museum, in Mexico City. In 2006-2007 she was invited to catalog Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe guarded in her bathroom for 50 years and wrote the main essay for the book Self-portrait in a Velvet Dress, used by the curators of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibit, Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up.

Migrantes, Mexico and the United States: Lessons from History and Current Challenges

2 pm

Millions of Mexicans have migrated to the United States over the past 120 years—several million without documents and subject to deportation since the 1970s, and over two million agricultural workers known as braceros in the years after World War II. But net Mexican migration has virtually stopped since the great recession of 2008, and has been replaced by Central Americans fleeing political violence migrating through Mexico and across the border into the United States. At the same time, the United States has adopted a much more muscular policyto stop migration at the border. This presentation analyzes the historical arc of these migrations and argues that history affords some lessons about what to expect from current policies.

Manuel García y Griego is Associate Professor of History and Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of New Mexico. Previously he has held faculty positions at El Colegio de México (Mexico City), the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Texas at Arlington. He has written widely on Mexican migration and bilateral relations.

This event is free and open to the public

La Canoa: John Mraz “The Braceros Program and the Hermanos Mayo”

2 pm

Please join us as Dr. Mraz examines the Hermanos Mayo, Spanish-Mexican photojournalists whose images of the braceros make up the current NHCC exhibit, Braceros: Photographed by the Hermanos Mayo. The photojournalist collective knew what it meant to emigrate, as their story began during one of the modern world’s great conflagrations: the Spanish Civil War. With the defeat of the Republic in 1939, the Mayo came to Mexico where they worked for more than 40 periodicals, creating an enormous archive of some five million negatives. The Hermanos Mayo’s photographs of the braceros are important for what they show us about these migratory workers and what they tell us about the perspectives of these graphic reporters. It is important to applaud the artfulness of the Mayo collective while recognizing that particular social realities had to exist before they could be reproduced in photographs. As Julio Mayo said, “Photography has its creative part, but within reality.”

John Mraz is Research Professor at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico) and National Researcher III. He has published more than 200 articles, book chapters, and essays in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on the uses of photography, cinema, and video in recounting history. Among his books are Photographing the Mexican Revolution; Looking for Mexico: Modern Visual Culture and National Identity; Nacho López, Mexican Photographer, and Uprooted: Braceros in the Hermanos Mayo Lens. He has directed award-winning documentaries, and curated many international photographic exhibits.

And don’t forget to stop in the History and Literary Arts building to see the Braceros exhibit photographed by The Hermanos Mayo.

This event is free and open to the public

Semana Cervantina: Lecture and Discussion “Spain and the Independence of the United States” by Tom Chavez

7 pm

Organized by Instituto Cervantes Albuquerque in collaboration with the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Spanish Resource Center to commemorate the “International Day of the Book” and the “Day of the Spanish Language.”

“Spain and the Independence of the United States” is a Lecture and discussion group. Historian Dr. Tom Chavez will discuss the making of early U.S. history from Spanish resources, the language of Cervantes.

Dr. Chavez will give a 45-minute lecture and there will be a group discussion to talk in detail about his research and further opportunities for researching in Cervantes’ language. Assistants will need to sign up for the discussion group limited to 20. Contact adx2abq@cervantes.es to register.

Book signing – bring your own book.

Free and open to the public; donations welcome

La Canoa: Valerie Rangel “Environmental Policies, Planning, and Cultural Connections of Nuevo México”

2 pm

Please join Valerie Rangel, community planner and environmental planning consultant, as she shares historical research, land use planning, and policy frameworks that shed light on issues of environmental contamination and public health while uplifting the voices of immigrant farm workers, tribal members, environmental and social activists from the communities of Nuevo México. She will focus on the history and contributions of the communities of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Pueblo of Isleta as well as sacred sites, the Gila River and Rio Grande.

Valerie Rangel earned a Master’s Degree in Community Regional Planning with an emphasis in environmental and natural resource management, indigenous planning and public health. Her education involved environmental science, southwest history, Native American studies and cultural anthropology. Having taught college science courses, she presently works as an environmental planning and public health assessment consultant and community program manager for the New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) and volunteers as a river steward and social justice activist.

This event is free and open to the public

National Poetry Month

Join the NHCC’s History and Literary Arts program for a month of events including widely distributed pocket-size poems (in English and Spanish), poetry readings and book signings (including those associated with the Children’s Bilingual Book Festival), displays, and other events celebrating Latinx poets.  In 2019, for the 100th birthday of Walt Whitman, we will pair several Whitman poems with poems by Latinx writers, creating a “conversation” between poets who never met, but who talk to each other across time.

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La Canoa: Daniel Webb “The Power and Place of the Apachería in Colonial New Mexico”

2 pm

Please join Daniel Webb as he examines the history of the diverse population of Athapaskan-speaking peoples identified as Apache (Ndé) in the colonial archives of northern New Spain. He will trace the different stages of their migration and territorial expansion across the vast geographical expanse known as the Apachería (the Apaches’ ancestral homelands), illustrating their relations with other sovereign Indian nations and Hispano settlers, and the policies that Spain introduced in the eighteenth century to restrict their mobility. Through analysis of a wide range of historical materials, including sources from the Spanish Archives of New Mexico and the Archivo General de la Nación de México, Webb’s research highlights the cultural practices and the environmental conditions that allowed the diverse Apache bands, clans and family lineages to flourish in the periphery of colonial New Mexico. Paradoxically, this contributed to the decline of tribal sovereignty in the nineteenth century.

Daniel Webb (University of Chicago, Ph.D. 2017) is a Visiting Scholar at the University of New Mexico’s Center for Regional Studies. He is an early American historian with specializations in Native American, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, and Latino/a history. His research has been supported by the John Carter Brown Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

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La Canoa: David Garcia “Acequia Resolanas: Mutuality, Social Praxis and the New Mexico Acequia Movement in the New Millennia”

2 pm

Dr. David Garcia is a Ph.D. Visiting Scholar in the University of New Mexico’s Center for Regional Studies as well as a Part-Time Instructor in the Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies. Dr. Garcia is with the Anthropology Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Please join Dr. David Garcia as he presents a talk on the role Resolana plays within New Mexico acequia communities. In the last decade, Resolana has functioned as a traditional gathering space, a place of governance, and as an emergent metaphor for social organizing. This talk details how the Resolana is being used by the New Mexico Acequia Association as a central theory which functions as a mode of engagement from acequia canals to the halls of state legislature. Building on the work of La Academia de la Nueva Raza, a 1970s organization based in Embudo, New Mexico, this mode of engagement has continued on as a form of movement-building. The creation of La Escuelita de Las Acequias, within the New Mexico Acequia Association, demonstrates this. In addition, Dr. Garcia will discuss the significance of language performance and space within the resolana and the significant role the resolana plays as a customary infrastructure for the local ethnopoetics of acequia governance in New Mexico.

This event is free and open to the public