California Mexicana: Land Into Landscape



California Mexicana: Land Into Landscape
Saturday, November 4
2:00 p.m.
Included with museum admission

Panel discussion with California Mexicana curators Katherine Manthorne and Alberto Nulman, Seascape artist Pablo Vargas Lugo, and historian Steven Hackel; moderated by Laguna Art Museum’s executive director Malcolm Warner.

California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930 is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The exhibition is curated by Professor Katherine E. Manthorne, assisted by Professor Alberto Nulman.

Katherine Manthorne, a specialist in modern art of the Americas, earned her PhD from Columbia University. She was director of the Research Center at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, where she also served as executive editor of the journal American Art. Earlier she was professor and chairperson of art history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her fellowships and awards include the Tyson Scholarship at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Terra Foundation Professor, Free University, Berlin; Baird Library Fellow, Smithsonian Institution; and Senior Fulbright Research Fellow, University of Venice.

Alberto Nulman is a filmmaker who specializes in audiovisual content and multimedia objects for museums and exhibitions. Among his awards are the Prisma Casa de las Ciencias de Divulgación from the Museos Científicos Coruñenses in Spain and the Miguel Covarrubias award from the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico. His work includes the television series Sueños de Futuro and La Materia de los Sueños, made for Channel 22 in Mexico City; and the documentaries Román Piña Chán una visión del México Prehispánico and Raíces Mayas. Nulman Magadin is a PhD candidate in Art History at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where he also lectures.

Pablo Vargas Lugo was born in Mexico City in 1968. He studied at the National School of Visual Arts in the National University of Mexico from 1988 to 1993. Since 1991 his work has been shown extensively in Mexico, South America, the US, and Europe. Among his most important solo exhibitions are micromegas, at the Museo Amparo, Puebla and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; Intemperie at the Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City; Eclipses for Austin at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin; Contemporary Projects at LACMA and Congo Bravo at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City. Lugo’s work has been shown at the 26th Bienal de São Paulo and the 5th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and MALBA in Buenos Aires. He lives and works in Mexico City.

Steven Hackel, professor of history at UC Riverside, specializes in the study of the Spanish Borderlands, colonial California, and California Indians. His 2013 book Junípero Serra: California’s Founding Father was named top ten book of 2013 by Zocalo Public Square. He earned his BA at Stanford University and his PhD in American History from Cornell University with specializations in early America and the American West. From 1994 to 1996 Hackel was a post-doctoral fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia, and from 1996 to 2007 he taught at Oregon State University. He serves as general editor of the Early California Population Project and project director for the Early California Cultural Atlas.

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