C. Ondine Chavoya is an art historian, writer, and sometime curator who lives
and works in New England but calls Los Angeles “home.” Ondine teaches courses
on contemporary art at Williams College, and has previously taught at the Rhode
Island School of Design, Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts,
UCLA, and University of New Mexico.
Ondine’s interests revolve around the social production and use of space and
the ways artists have perceived, interpreted, represented, and intervened in
the urban landscape. His research investigates the relations between power
and spatiality and the debates over various images and counter-images of specific
places. His writing focuses on the intersections between what he describes
as “spatially politicized aesthetics,” the ways in which space and place localize
and restrict difference, and the relations between racial formation and racial
signification in the visual arts. His writings on art and urban space in southern
California have appeared in: The Chicana/o Cultural Studies Reader (forthcoming),
Aztlán Hoy: La Posnación Chicana/Aztlán Today: The Chicano Postnation (2000),
Customized: Art Inspired by Hotrods, Lowriders, and American Car Culture
(2000), Space, Site, and Intervention: Issues in Installation and Site-Specific
Art (2000), Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999),
Wide Angle (1999), Performance Research (1998), The Ethnic
Eye: Latino Media Arts (1996), and Afterimage (1994).
Ondine received his interdisciplinary training in visual and cultural studies,
art history, film theory, literature, and gender studies from University of
Rochester, Cornell University, and University of California at Santa Cruz.
His dissertation, Orphans of Modernism: Chicano Art, Public Representation,
and Spatial Practice in Southern California, was completed for the University
of Rochester in 2002 and is currently being prepared for publication.
Ondine’s research fellowships include awards from the Ford
Foundation, College Art Association, Henry Luce Foundation/American Council
of Learned Societies, Smithsonian Institution, California Ethnic and Multicultural
Archives, and Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
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