"North & South: Mexican & Chicano Artists in the Pacific Northwest" 
Lecture by Dr. Lauro Flores

David and Anne McCosh Memorial Visiting Lecturer Series
Sat, 05/20/2017 - 2:00pm

Lecture by Dr. Lauro Flores, University of Washington

In this illustrated talk, Dr. Lauro Flores explains how the creative expression of Mexican-origin artists has become a palpable force in the Pacific Northwest. Neither their presence nor artistic endeavors are new to this region. Notably since the 1940s, painters, photographers, sculptors, and other sorts of creators have continued to arrive from various parts of Mexico and from other regions of the United States. Frequently, nature, pre-Columbian, colonial, and modern elements converge to produce an original, distinct, and very personal visual language. The last seven decades have witnessed the rise and development of a multiplicity of artistic activities that have come to define the complex character and evolution of a Chicano/Mexican aesthetic expression in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Flores is currently Professor of Chicano and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Acting Chair of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, and affiliate faculty in Latin American Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies. He has written extensively on visual culture and curated a number of insightful exhibitions (most recently, "Beyond Aztlán: Mexican & Chicana/o Artists" in the Pacific Northwest at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington, in 2016).

The David and Anne McCosh Memorial Visiting Lecturer Series on Northwest Art is an annual program focused on topics related to Pacific Northwest art history and its twentieth century and contemporary connections. This program is generously funded by the David John and Anne Kutka McCosh Memorial Museum Endowment Fund.