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Altarities: Contemporary Chicana Art, Politics, and Spirituality

When Laura Pérez began researching what she thought would be a book surveying contemporary Chicana art, she found a common thread that both surprised and challenged her: an exploration of spirituality in the work of each artist.
When Oct 26, 2006
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library
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Laura Elisa PérezLaura Perez

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley

Laura E. Pérez is an associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching focus on feminist and queer literary, visual, and performance arts. Her lecture is based on her forthcoming book of the same title, Altarities: Chicana Art, Politics, and Spirituality (Duke UP January 2007), a study of the work of over forty artists, particularly that produced between 1985 and 2000 in various media, charting the emergence of decolonizing, culturally hybrid aesthetics and culturally hybrid spiritualities. Professor Pérez has directed the Program in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, and the Beatrice M. Bain Research Group on Gender at the University of California, Berkeley, and is an affiliated faculty member of the Departments of Women's Studies and the Graduate Group in Theater, Dance, and Performance.

Altarities: Contemporary Chicana Art, Politics, and Spirituality

When Laura Pérez began researching what she thought would be a book surveying contemporary Chicana art, she found a common thread that both surprised and challenged her: an exploration of spirituality in the work of each artist.

"I found that these women artists who didn't define themselves as religious -- and maybe even defined themselves as atheist -- were constantly making reference in their work to spirituality of one sort or another," says Pérez, an associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and director of the Beatrice M. Bain Research Group on Gender.