Art, Music & Culture


Museum Exhibit

October 3, 2020 to February 14, 2021

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is offering an Almuerzo y arte | Lunch and Art (programa virtual) (virtual program) on Wednesday, October 21, 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Join JSMA curator Cheryl Hartup and UO student Wendy Echeverría García converse about their favorite works in the exhibition Nuestra imagen actual | Our Present Image: Mexico and the Graphic Arts, 1929-1956.

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Friday, October 16th, 2020 Art, Music & Culture, Uncategorized No Comments

Resistance as Power: A Curatorial Response to Under the Feet of Jesus – University of Oregon

The JSMA’s fourth “Common Seeing” exhibition supports the UO’s 2019-20 “Common Reading” of Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes. In the book, the resilient protagonist,13-year-old Estrella, works in the hot California grape fields while navigating the realities of first love, financial struggle, family separation, and illness. For more information about the “Common Reading,” including upcoming university events, visit Two special loans from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) by artists Emanuel Martinez and Domingo Ulloa anchor the exhibition. Martinez created Farm Workers’ Altar (1967) for the Catholic Mass held in Delano, California, at which labor activist César Chávez broke his twenty five-day fast in 1968. Ulloa, “The Father of Chicano Art,” painted Braceros (1960) after visiting a labor camp in Holtville, California. From 1942 through 1964, the U.S. government invited agricultural workers from Mexico for limited-duration assignments to relieve the worker shortage caused by World War II. Ulloa presented a sobering view of the reality of life for these braceros (from the Spanish for “one who works using his arms,” implying manual labor), who experienced poor working conditions, crowded living quarters, and other challenges while employed in the United States. These special loans provide historical and cultural touchstones for Viramontes’s 1995 novel and contemporary works from the JSMA’s permanent collection, including recent acquisitions by Ester Hernández, Victor Maldonado, and Lilliam Nieves.


Resistance as Power: A Curatorial Response to Under the Feet of Jesus is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative.

Source: Resistance as Power: A Curatorial Response to Under the Feet of Jesus – University of Oregon


Saturday, October 5th, 2019 Art, Music & Culture No Comments

Ernesto Martínez’s short film “La Serenata” an award finalist

July 31, 2019—Ernesto Martínez’s short film, La Serenata, is a finalist in the Imagen Foundation Short Film and Web Series Awards.

You can support this film by voting below and inviting friends and family to vote as well (one vote per 24 hours). You could also watch the film at this site:

Film synopsis: two parents struggle with their beloved Mexican musical tradition when their son requests a love song for another boy.  

Ernesto Martínez is an associate professor in the UO Department of Ethnic Studies. CLLAS supported Martínez’s work on this film and a related children’s book with its inaugural Latinx Studies Seed Grant.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva: CLLAS Latinx Heritage Month Events

October 9, 2019
10:00 amto11:00 am
4:00 pmto5:00 pm

A teach-in and poetry slam on campus

CLLAS Teach-In: Language and Poetry as Resistance, October 9, 10am-11am, Knight Library Browsing Room

CLLAS Latinx Heritage Month Poetry Slam by Melissa Lozada-Oliva, October 9, 4pm-5pm, 240C McKenzie Hall

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a spoken-word poet, author, and educator. Her book Peluda (Button Poetry 2017) explores the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, hair removal & what it means to belong. She performs her poems in hundreds of universities & venues across the country. She also does workshops on incorporating humor into poetry & general creative writing classes. Lozada-Oliva is the co-host of podcast Say More with Olivia Gatwood and her work has been featured in REMEZCLA, The Guardian, Vulture, Bustle, Glamour Magazine, The Huffington Post, Muzzle Magazine, The Adroit Journal, and BBC Mundo. She lives in New York City.

Sponsored by CLLAS. Cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society and other UO units.

These events are part of the CLLAS two-year theme (2019-2021): “The Politics of Language in the Americas: Power, Culture, History, and Resistance.”

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 Art, Music & Culture, Events No Comments

Nuestras Raíces Y El Arte

July 20, 2019
12:00 pmto5:00 pm

Location & Hours:

July 20 | 20 de julio
12:00pm to 4:00pm
JORDAN SCHNITZER MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON Una tarde de arte, comida, música y danza para celebrar una colaboración artística y comunitaria entre Huerto de la Familia, Latino Professionals Connect y el JSMA

Enjoy an afternoon of art, music, and food, celebrating Huerto de la Familia and its community partners Centro Latino Americano and Downtown Languages.  Generous support for this project is provided by Art Bridges.

Horario de actividades:

1 – 5 p.m.       
Comida de El Kora y actividades de arte – Sala de Conferencias Ford

Arte por Marina Hajek y Fernando Ortiz
Sala de Recepciones Papé

2 – 2:30 p.m.
Charla de artistas en español con Ofelia Guzmán and Esteban Camacho Steffensen

Galería Focus West, 2do piso

2:30 – 3 p.m.
Palabras de bienvenida y sorteo de premios
Sala de Recepciones Papé

3 – 3:30 p.m.
Ballet Folklórico
Sala de Recepciones Papé

3:30 – 4 p.m.
Charla de artistas en inglés con Ofelia Guzmán and Esteban Camacho Steffensen
Galería Focus West, 2do piso

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Música por Malanga
Sala de Recepciones Papé

El apoyo generoso para este proyecto fue provisto por Art Brigdes.

Schedule of events:

1 – 5 p.m.
Food from El Kora and art activities – Ford Lecture Hall
Art by Marina Hajek and Fernando Ortiz – Papé Reception Hall

2 – 2:30 p.m.
Artist talk in Spanish Ofelia Guzmán and Esteban Camacho Steffensen
Focus West Gallery, 2nd floor

2:30 – 3 p.m.
Welcoming remarks and door prizes
Papé Reception Hall

3 – 3:30 p.m.
Ballet Folklórico
Papé Reception Hall

3:30 – 4 p.m.
Artist talk in English Ofelia Guzmán and Esteban Camacho Steffensen
Focus West Gallery, 2nd floor

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Music by MalangaPapé Reception Hall 
Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges

Saturday, June 15th, 2019 Art, Music & Culture No Comments

Ana Lara receives a 2019 Oregon Literary Fellowship in fiction

Recipients of the 2019 Oregon Literary Fellowship include UO assistant professor Ana-Maurine Lara, a CLLAS affiliated faculty member, in the category of fiction. Oregon Literary Arts said their out-of-state judges spent several months evaluating the 400+ applications they received, and selected thirteen writers and two publishers to receive grants of $3,500 each.

Ana-Maurine Lara

Ana-Maurine Lara, Ph.D., is a national award-winning poet and fiction writer. She is author of the fictional works Erzulie’s Skirt (RedBone Press, 2006), When the Sun Once Again Sang to the People (KRK Ediciones, 2011), and Watermarks and Tree Rings (Tanama Press) and the poetry book Kohnjehr Woman (RedBone Press, 2017). The first of her decade-long projects, Cantos, was released as a limited edition letterpress collection in Fall 2015. Lara is an assistant professor at the University of Oregon.

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Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund

Access the above link for giving to the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund. Online gifts may be made using the form available at this link; all gifts are processed by the University of Oregon Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for receiving and administering private donations to the University of Oregon.



CLLAS Common Reading Brunch with author Helena María Viramontes / Photos by Mike Bragg / Courtesy of the UO Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art