Virtual Art Tour Series
In the mid-1990s, then HRC Director Gary Francisco Keller started the center's art collection and began documenting the work of local and nationally Hispanic artists, primarily Chicana and Chicano. In this virtual tour, you will have the opportunity to see images of the lithographs commissioned by the HRC, and more importantly learn about the artists who created these splendid works, and how their culture and experience have influenced their lives in the creation of their artworks. One of our goals has been to help the works to be understood, not as folk art or craft, but as a school of American fine art.
Heroes and Icons in Hispanic Culture
This tour is part of our series of videos based on the Hispanic Research Center’s art collection. The theme selected for this exhibit is Heroes and Icons in Hispanic Culture. We will provide a visual representation of artwork in the Hispanic Research Center that include images of everyday heroes, in addition to other legendary, musical and educational heroes and warriors in Hispanic culture. These themes are an integral part of the diverse Hispanic culture in the United States and we believe in the importance of celebrating this diversity.
Education, and especially higher education, plays a key role in the pathway towards upward mobility. One of the more significant factors behind school success is the extent to which parents and the community actively participate in a child's education. Many Hispanic families within the United States experience some initial disadvantages such as socioeconomic status and a lack of knowledge about the education system and opportunities available to attain an education. These elements are reflected in the featured artworks by two well-recognized Chicano artists, Malaquías Montoya and Edward Gonzales.
In addition, we provide information about the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) project conducted at the Hispanic Research Center that encourages underrepresented students to participate in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and math.
Comida y tradiciones
Food and traditions play an important role in keeping the culture of a society strong. For this virtual tour we thought it would be appropriate to select a theme related to the holiday season that is fast approaching. We selected some of the artworks we have in the Hispanic Research Center art collection related to the themes of food and traditions (comida y tradiciones) that are embedded in Mexican American communities across the United States.
The selected artworks represent the backgrounds and life experiences of the artists during specific times in their lives. These themes are an integral part of Hispanic cultures in the United States, and we at the Hispanic Research Center believe in the importance of celebrating the diversity that exists within these cultures. History shows that these themes have been incorporated in their art and have been useful in building connections across cultures.
Día de los Muertos
We at the Hispanic Research Center are committed to recognizing and celebrating these traditional events with ASU students, faculty and the community to reflect the diversity that exists within the Hispanic cultures of the United States.
Within the HRC large art collection the Day of the Dead theme includes serigraphs, lithographs, woodcuts, posters and other items collected through the years. We have selected a good sample of these prints for this virtual tour and hope the theme is useful in building connections across cultures and generating ideas for students and artists.
Mixing It Up
This exhibition celebrates and examines how works created by Mexican-American artists are influenced by the cultures of both Mexico and the United States. The core of the exhibition features examples of Mexican-American art from the collection of the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University.
These works address themes about personal identity: national identity, family and community and labor and border issues. These artists have an interesting way of "mixing up" these themes to reflect their own identities.