Shortcut (day and night), Guadalupe Rosales, 2017–present. Courtesy the artist

Imaginaries of LA: Guadalupe Rosales and Rita Gonzalez

Thursday, March 18, 2021, from 5 pm - 6:30 pm




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The second conversation in our Imaginaries of LA series brings together artist Guadalupe Rosales and curator Rita Gonzalez, who will discuss how the making of art and archives from embodied, lived experiences can transform the social and political production of urban space.

Since its founding in 1781, Los Angeles has existed on contested land. Although long recognized as a diverse and multicultural city, its history is marked by segregation, racist city planning, and harmful urban redevelopment policies. Imaginaries of LA is a series of conversations between Los Angeles-based artists and curators that explores what is at stake in the various strategies that artists use to represent Los Angeles and provides a forum for debate about the past, present and future of the city.

Guadalupe Rosales is a Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist, archivist, educator, and founder of community-generated archival projects “Veteranas and Rucas” and "Map Pointz” on Instagram. Guadalupe’s work centers on the creation of immersive and sensorial spaces to activate memory and evoke a collective experience and embodiment.

Rita Gonzalez is Terri and Michael Smooke curator and department head of the Department of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she curated Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement; Asco: Elite of the Obscure; and Agnès Varda in Californialand, among other exhibitions.

This program is moderated by Zanna Gilbert, senior research specialist, and was organized by Zanna Gilbert and Isabel Wade, research assistant at Getty Research Institute.

The conversation will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel.

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