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Chicana Fotos: Nancy De Los Santos

Hr Chicana Fotos

February 17 – April 14, 2017


In-person Event



Open to the public
Free of charge

Exhi­bi­tion Dates: Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 17 — April 142017
Open­ing Recep­tion: Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 17, 2017 from 4 — 7 pm, fea­tur­ing a per­for­mance by Bal­let Folk­lórico De Detroit at 6 pm.
Gallery Talk by Nancy De Los San­tos and exhi­bi­tion cura­tor Maria Cotera: Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 17, 2017 at 12 pm, Wal­ter P. Reuther Library Wood­cock Con­fer­ence Room 

Wal­ter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University
5401 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Born and raised in Chicago by Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can par­ents, Nancy De Los San­tos is an accom­plished film­maker and proud Chi­cana from Chicago” who has ded­i­cated her life and career to rewrit­ing and redefin­ing the image of Latina/​os in the main­stream media. Among her most cel­e­brated works are as Co-Writer and Co-Pro­ducer of The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latin Image in Hol­ly­wood Cin­ema, with Susan Racho and Alberto Dominguez, and as Asso­ciate Pro­ducer on the fea­ture film Selena.

In Chi­cana Fotos, an exhibit of evoca­tive pho­tographs taken in the 1970s, we meet a very dif­fer­ent Nancy: a woman armed with a cam­era, cap­tur­ing his­toric events in the strug­gles for social jus­tice of the time. Nancy’s pho­tographs of Chi­cano Move­ment marches and ral­lies, farm­worker mobi­liza­tions in Chicago and Texas, and Latina orga­niz­ing in the Mid­west and inter­na­tion­ally offer a price­less doc­u­men­tary view of Latina/​o pol­i­tics in the 1970s. Her more inti­mate pic­tures of every­day Latina/​o life cap­ture what it was like to live through a period of rad­i­cal social trans­for­ma­tion. The exhibit includes rare pho­tographs of UFW orga­niz­ing activ­i­ties in Chicago, the Texas Farm­worker Pil­grim­age of 1977, and the first ever Inter­na­tional Women’s Year Con­fer­ence in Mex­ico City in 1975. These images are sup­ple­mented by never before exhib­ited doc­u­ments from the Wal­ter P. Reuther UFW Collection.

Chi­cana Fotos was curated by Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan pro­fes­sor Maria Cotera (with assis­tance from Pau Nava) and designed by stu­dents and fac­ulty of the UM Stamps School of Art & Design. Stamps School fac­ulty Han­nah Smotrich and Katie Rubin co-taught the col­lab­o­ra­tive, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Exhi­bi­tion Design class with stu­dents Ian Crow­ley, Rachel Daw­son, Emi­lie Far­ru­gia, Kelsi Franzino, Andrew Han, Jack Hyland, Mag­gie Lemak, Megan Lewin-Smith, Katie Mon­goven, Olivia Moore, Pau Nava, and Sarah Wolf.

Chi­cana Fotos is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between the El Museo del Norte, the Chi­cana por mi Raza Dig­i­tal Archive, the Stamps School of Art & Design and the Wal­ter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University.

The Wal­ter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State Uni­ver­sity is the largest labor archive in North Amer­ica. In addi­tion to inter­na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tions on the his­tory of the North Amer­i­can labor move­ment, the Reuther Library holds the offi­cial records of Wayne State Uni­ver­sity, as well as exten­sive records doc­u­ment­ing urban affairs, civic life, civil rights, eth­nic and reli­gious orga­ni­za­tions, and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment across South­east Michigan.

Chi­cana Fotos was made pos­si­ble through the gen­er­ous finan­cial sup­port of the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan’s Third Cen­tury Ini­tia­tive and the Stamps School of Art & Design. This exhi­bi­tion is funded in part thanks to the Diver­sity, Equity, and Inclu­sion ini­tia­tive at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design. Gallery talk spon­sored by the Cen­ter for Latina/​o and Latin Amer­i­can Stud­ies, Wayne State Uni­ver­sity, and the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan’s Third Cen­tury Initiative.