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“Graphicano Scream/Brown Revolution: Xicana/o Art in the 20th and 21st centuries” by Erica Marin – May 12

May 3, 2016

Join us for our May History Notes lecture at 1:00pm on Thursday, May 12, by Erica Marin, entitled “Graphicano Scream/Brown Revolution: Xicana/o Art in the 20th and 21st centuries,” at the Branigan Cultural Center.

Born in El Paso, Texas, Erica Marin identifies as a Chicana. Both of her parents encouraged a strong sense of border identity and a social conscience. Her artwork is both a celebration and a critique of the complicated relationship between the two sister cities (Juarez and El Paso), its people, and its culture. She uses her art as a tool for social and political commentary, focusing on current issues that affect the border community as well as the struggles that affect our Mexican brothers and sisters. In addition, Erica Marin has a degree in museum conservation. She chose that path so that she could help her community preserve its cultural patrimony, as she believes it is a form of resistance. Becoming a Chicana with a deep political root in social justice, has been a continual process of discovery for Erica Marin, one where she has had to synthesize a variety of cultural influences while staying true to what matters the most, the people.

This lecture is part of the Latino Americans: 500 years of History programming series. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

History Notes, monthly lectures on historical topics, take place on the second Thursday of each month at 1pm. Lectures are free and open to the public. The 2016 History Notes lecture series features topics related to Hispanic American Histories and Cultures of the Southwest. Please check our webpage or Facebook for a full listing of these and other Branigan Cultural Center public programs.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, Thursday from 10am to 8pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm.  For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call 575.541.2154.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

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