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Extra Credit

To earn extra credit, simply attend event posted here, write a 200-300 blog post about the event (by the due date) and include a selfie of you at the event. Provide as much details about the event (what you saw/heard), and your response to the event (what you think/feel).

Winter 2018

Friday, February 9 at 7pm at UCLA


Saturday, February 10, 2018 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Vincent Price Art Museum East Los Angeles College. 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754-6099 Office: (323) 265-8841 Fax: (323) 260-8173 Email: Admission: Free and we are open to the public. Guided tours can be arranged by appointment.
Join artists Delilah Montoya and Luis Alfaro in the galleries as they discuss their lifelong friendships with Laura Aguilar and reflect on the works on display in Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell. Moderated by curator Sybil Venegas, this intimate dialogue will be the final opportunity to view the exhibition.


Delilah Montoya is a contemporary artist and educator recognized for her innovative printmaking and photographic processes as well as her explorations of Chicana identity. She is Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Luis Alfaro is a performance artist, writer, theater director, and community organizer. His work has often centered around the Chicano experience in Los Angeles, including life within the Pico-Union district where he was born and raised. He is Associate Professor in the USC School of Dramatic Arts and is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant” awarded to individuals who have demonstrated expertise and exceptional creativity in their respective field.

Sybil Venegas is an art historian, writer, independent curator, and Professor Emerita of Chicana/o Studies at East Los Angeles College. She is a renowned scholar in the field of Chicana/o art history and is recognized as an early scholar in Chicana feminist art history and the cultural politics of Día de los Muertos ceremonials in Chicana/o and Latina/o communities. She is curator of the Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell exhibition.

Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 from 10am-4:30pm at MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Free with museum admission. More info: 213 621 1741 or

What is Contemporary? Feminism and the State: Art, Politics, and Resistance

Feminism and the State: Art, Politics, and Resistance is a symposium organized by The Feminist Art Project (TFAP), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and presented as a part of the 2018 College Art Association Conference. The TFAP symposium will open space for a discussion of art and art history that sheds light on historical precedents and paths for feminist resistance, with a special focus on methodologies pressing at the limits of art history. Artist Martha Rosler will deliver the keynote address.
​Priority tickets are available to MOCA members one hour before the program. Fifteen minutes before the program begins tickets will be released to non-members. One ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Early arrival is recommended.

Real Worlds: Brassai, Arbus, Goldin starting March 4, 2018 - September 3, 2018  at the Museum of Contemporary Art , Grand Avenue, Downtown Los Angeles

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin, an exhibition that brings together the works of three of the 20th century’s most influentialphotographers of modern life. Drawn largely from MOCA’s extraordinary collection of photography, the exhibition provides a remarkable opportunity to explore the ways in which Brassaï (Gyula Halász) (b. 1899, Brassó, Hungary (now Romania); d. 1984, Èze, France), Diane Arbus (b.1923, New York; d. 1971, New York) and Nan Goldin (b. 1953, Washington, D.C.) use the camera to reflect and transform the world around them. Real Worlds features an exceptional trove of approximately one hundred works by the three artists, including Brassaï’s unforgettable images of the nocturnal denizens of Paris, Arbus’s most memorable and unsettling portraits, and Goldin’s searingly poignant documentation of herself and her community. The exhibition is structured around MOCA’s nearly comprehensive collection of photographs that appear in three legendary photobooks: Brassaï’s The Secret Paris of the 30’s (1976), the posthumous Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph (1972), and Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986).

Curator: Lanka Tattersall
Curatorial Associate: Rebecca Matalon

Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with lead annual support provided by Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation. Generous funding is also provided by Judith and Alexander Angerman, Delta Air Lines, Nathalie Marciano and Julie Miyoshi, and Jerri and Dr. Steven Nagelberg.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
CSRC Library - 144 Haines Hall

Sybil Venegas, curator of Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, on view at the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) through February 10, will discuss this critically acclaimed exhibition. Venegas is an art historian, writer, independent curator, and professor emerita of Chicana/o studies at East Los Angeles College. Additional speakers include Pilar Tompkins Rivas, VPAM director; Charlene Villaseñor Black, CSRC associate director; and Rebecca Epstein, CSRC senior officer and editor of the exhibition catalog.
Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell surveys the career of Laura Aguilar, a Chicana photographer who is most widely known for black-and-white nude self-portraits that are frank and self-assertive, yet deeply sensitive and poetic. In photographs that are frequently political as well as personal, Aguilar offers candid portrayals of herself, her friends and family, and her Chicano/Latino and LGBT communities. The exhibition catalog and the DVD Laura Aguilar: Life, the Body, Her Perspective, both published by CSRC Press, will be available for purchase at the event.
This event is co-organized by the Vincent Price Art Museum.

Sunday, January 21 at 3pm at The Geffen Contemporary MOCA 152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Free admission. More info: 213 621 1741 or

Rafa Esparza: cumbre: look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west

This newly commissioned work by Rafa Esparza is an ambitious, three-part performance at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Esparza’s point of departure is a meditation on bridges and bodies of water as sites of connection and healing, division and risk. The artist’s performance responds to personal, familial histories of immigration into the United States and the deeply complex history of downtown Los Angeles. Esparza will be joined by artist Sebastian Hernandez for a special collaboration in the final segment of the afternoon’s performance.

Presented as part of the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA, organized by REDCAT with grants from the Getty Foundation.

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Winter 2017 Extra Credit


Outfest Fusion

March 1 - 7
Various Locations
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A celebration of the rich heritage of the LGBTQ individuals that populate greater Los Angeles. The films and TV shows that screen at Fusion showcase the stories of queer communities of color, including African, African American, Asian diaspora and Latinx perspectives as well as many other cultural identities. The festival enables LGBT and Genderqueer people of color to see themselves on the big screen, often for the very first time–a powerful and validating experience that underscores the universality of our lived experiences.


Lambda LitFest

March 6 - 12
Various Locations
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The first annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles is a celebration of contemporary voices honoring and expanding on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and readers in the Southland. Join us as we honor LGBTQ writers and readers with discussions, readings, entertainment, food, and mingling. All programming is FREE and open to the public!


We Are Chicanx: A Brown-Queer Revolution

March 9 7:30pm - 12am
Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, California 90042

A few years ago, mostly on the streets of Boyle Heights and Highland Park in community-run spaces like La Conxa, Avenue 50, and Mi Vida, a cultural shift was born: the birth of Chicanx. The event is a reading, performance, and Q&A from folks who are founders or at the forefront of this burgeoning movement, most of whom are under the age of 25. Curated and moderated by LA native and 2016 Lambda Literary Finalist Meliza Bañales (aka Missy Fuego) and featuring Alma Rosa Rivera, Stephanie M. Hernandez, Esperanza Cisneros, and Josefina Valadez, this will be an evening of spoken-word, music, and conversation that is guaranteed to be lit!


Fun Home

Now thru April 1
Ahmanson Theatre
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Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves, and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home (2015 Tony Award for Best Musical) introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Click on the link for specially-priced tickets for Center supporters with code LGBT.


My Life in Code

Now thru April 15
Advocate & Gochis Galleries
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Danielle Paris’s canvases are wildly colorful and graphically audacious, incorporating aspects of pop art, surrealism, pop culture, and agitprop. They explode with humor, intelligence, outrage, and a gorgeous, consummate artistry. Explaining the exhibit’s title, Ms. Paris wrote: “The circles and rectangles in each painting are based on the dots and dashes of Morse Code which have been enlarged into an aesthetic design while maintaining the underlying code, theme, and message.”


The Unconventional Canvases of Keith Haring

Now thru June 4
Petersen Automotive Museum
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This exhibition brings together five vehicles painted, or drawn on, by pop artist Keith Haring (1958-1990). Haring’s brief and prolific career from 1982-1990 documented the spirit of New York City’s underground art scene through icons and images that evoked the challenges of late Twentieth Century society. His trademark style was popularized in spontaneous chalk drawings throughout the New York City subway stations.

Winter 2016 Extra Credit

Jan 23 - May 8, 2016. Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road will be on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood.

Jan 30-May 22, 2016. Catherine Opie: Portraits will be featured at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood. 
700 Nimes Road comprises Opie's new and recent photographs taken over the course of six months at the Bel-Air estate of the late Elizabeth Taylor. Said to be inspired by William Eggleston’s images of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the collection includes images of Taylor's personal space and mementos. And yes, that means clothes, shoes and jewels. MOCA chief curator Helen Molesworth organized the collection with major support provided by J.P. Morgan Private Bank.
The Hammer Museum portion of the collaborative effort will showcase 12 portraits from Opie's recent work, including shots of Jonathan Franzen, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Mary Kelly, Matthew Barney, Glenn Ligon, John Baldessari, Kara Walker, Miranda July, Raymond Pettibon, Ron Athey and Ryan McGinness, alongside a new abstract landscape.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 4pm at the CSRC Library, 144 Haines
Guadalupe Esquivel Rosales's collection at the CSRC consists of ephemera and memorabilia that highlight the Chicana/o underground party crews and rave scenes of Los Angeles during the 1980s and 1990s. These gatherings occurred in residential backyards and industrial warehouses throughout Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, Highland Park, as well as neighborhoods in the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, and Southeast Los Angeles. This youth culture phenomenon also occurred in cities such as Sacramento and San Diego, and in Orange County and the U.S. Southwest. Popular party crews during this time included Aztek Nation, East LA Madness, East LA Q-Teez, Midnight Pleasure, Swing Kidz, and Operation X.
Disempowered and criminalized by the public school system and at times mainstream media, party crews allowed youth to engage in resistant cultural practices, organizing for the sake of unity. Music played a key role: these house parties and raves were driven by techno, house, new wave, and “KROQ/80’s flashbacks” music, establishing a unique form of dancing, fashion, and the creation of underground communities.
Panelists will discuss how this collection highlights the organic and resourceful ways in which Chicana/o youth cultures worked to create and promote a more culturally relevant and self-reflective space. The panel will represent individuals who were deeply involved in this cultural scene, with members from Aztek Nation and Latin Underground a DJ and a photographer for Street Beat magazine.
Panelists include Rosales, Street Beat photographer Steve “Boom Boom” Hernandez, former party crew members, plus other special guests. Sandra Ruiz, visiting lecturer in the departments of Chicana/o Studies and Spanish & Portuguese, will moderate the discussion.
This event is open and free to the public. We encourage you to wear or bring your old school party crew gear and represent!
Guadalupe Esquivel Rosales is a visual artist whose work utilizes marginalized histories and personal experiences – memory, trauma and nostalgia. She is currently working on a project dealing with the Los Angeles party crew and rave scene in the ’90s that will be exhibited in 2017 at PSSST, an artist-run not-for-profit space locate in Boyle Heights.
This event is organized by the CSRC with support from the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies.

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