Book Reading & Signing: Hotel Mariachi, Urban Space and Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles
July 9, 2016
Authors Catherine L. Kurland and Enrique R. Lamadrid and photographer Miguel A. Gandert explore their award winning book, “Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space and Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles.”
“Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space and Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles,” depicts the mariachi musicians of East Los Angeles and the eighty-year-old mariachi culture centered in the 1889 hotel on Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. A story of valiant efforts to preserve the cultural heritage of the mariachis and the historic hotel, this collaboration was awarded the 2015 Latino Book Award.
Miguel Gandert, a native of Española, New Mexico, is a fine art and documentary photographer and Distinguished Professor of Communication and Journalism and Director of the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media at the University of New Mexico. His recent work explores the contrast between the Indo-Hispano rituals in Bolivia and Latin America and Old and New Mexico. His photographs have been shown in galleries and museums throughout the world, including in the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the Beinke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection at Yale, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe.
Catherine López Kurland left her hometown of Los Angeles after graduating from the University of Southern California, returning to the West in 2004, when she moved to Santa Fe. For nearly two decades prior, she lived in New York, where she co-owned Kurland•Zabar, the first gallery in the United States to specialize in the British Arts & Crafts movement. In New Mexico she pursued graduate work in historic preservation and regionalism at the University of New Mexico, which she put to use helping to save the endangered 1889 “Mariachi Hotel” in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Kurland is award-winning executive editor of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association’s journal, Chronicles of the Trail.
Enrique R. Lamadrid, PhD, as a folklorist based at the University of New Mexico, Enrique Lamadrid’s research on mestizo cultures culminated in his acclaimed book Hermanitos Comanchitos: Indo-Hispano Rituals of Captivity and Redemption (UNM Press, 2003), awarded the prestigious Chicago Folklore Prize for ethnographic writing. The American Folklore Society granted him the Américo Paredes Prize for his cultural activism, and the Historical Society of New Mexico awarded him the Gilberto Espinosa Prize for historical research and the Pablita Velarde Prize for children’s literature. Distinguished Professor at UNM, Lamadrid recently retired as Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He has collaborated on many field-based projects with photographer Miguel Gandert.