Buscando Futuro/Finding Future: Artist Hector Dionicio Mendoza in Conversation with Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies, David Hernandez

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Tue, Sep 22, 2020

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, join us for an engaging public conversation between artist Hector Dionicio Mendoza and Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies David Hernandez focusing on two new acquisitions within the larger context of Mendoza's artistic practice.

Often using recycled materials, Mendoza's art explores themes of migration and the environment as well as the geographies of place, memory, identity, and the visualization of immigrant stories. Born in Uruapan, Mexico, and relocating to California at the age of twelve, he is currently a professor in the Visual and Public Art Department at CSU, Monterey Bay.

The conversation will be followed by a Q & A with the audience and will be recorded. The closed-captioned recording will be available on the MHCAM website. Free and open to the public.

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Co-sponsored by Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Office of Community and Inclusion, Office of the Dean of Faculty, Miller Worley Center for the Environment, Studio Art Department, Department of Spanish, Latin American, and Latina/o Studies, and Art History Department.

For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please contact Ysabel Garcia at ysabelgarcia@mtholyoke.edu. Please make accommodation requests at least three days before the event date to give implementation time, however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.


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David Hernández

Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies

Mount Holyoke College

At Mount Holyoke College, David Hernández teaches a first-year seminar entitled the Politics of Inequality and the Introduction to Latina/o Studies. He also teaches Latina/o Immigration, Visualizing Immigrant Narratives: Migration in Film, and Disposable People: A History of Deportation.  Hernández’s work has been published in Latina/o Studies, the Journal of Race and PolicyNACLA: Report on the Americas, and Perspectives in Mexican American Studies. His article "Pursuant to Deportation: Latinos and Immigrant Detention" was recently reprinted for the second time in Governing Immigration Through Crime: A Reader (Stanford University Press).

Hernández has written numerous reviews and review essays in American QuarterlyAztlánContemporary Sociology, and the Law and Society Review. He has received research fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Center for Latina/o Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Hector Dionicio Mendoza

Dio Mendoza was born in Uruapan, Michoacan, México in 1969. As a young child, Mendoza spent a great deal of time after school playing with his friends and selling Chiclets in the town’s plaza. At the age of twelve Mendoza, along with his family, immigrated to the small town of King City in California. After graduating from High School with honors he was awarded a scholarship to attend California Polytechnical University where he studied graphic design. His interest in graphic design led him to study fine arts at California College of the Arts where he graduated magna cum laude with a BFA degree.

Following his studies, he was awarded a six-month residency in Switzerland. In 2003, Mendoza was one of four artists awarded the highly competitive Eureka Fellowship by the Fleishhacker Foundation. The Di Rosa Art Preserve of Napa, The Swagger Group of New York, and La Corporation Jimenez of Mexico hold Mendoza’s work in their permanent collections. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Mexico. 

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