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Reina Alejandra Prado Saldivar


 reina alejandra prado saldivar is a doctoral student in the Program of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.  This essay explores current curatorial trends that engage in cross-cultural and inter-generational artistic dialogues, as seen in the exhibitions Tierra Incógnita, Mixed Feeelings, and Boyle Heights: The Power of Place.  All these exhibitions were on view at Plaza de la Raza, USC Fisher Gallery, and the Japanese American National Museum in 2003.

Prado's project focuses on queer and feminist cultural production by artists of color working in Los Angeles between 1992-2002; analyzing intersectionalities of multiculturalism and arts programming throughout the Los Angeles area.  This past spring, Prado curated Tierra Incógnita (2002), an art exhibition featuring six contemporary Southern California artists.  She also co-published a chapbook of her poetry under the pen name alejandra ibarra, entitled Santa Perversa and Other Erotic Poems (Calaca Press, 2001). 

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