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C. Ondine Chavoya


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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