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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