Central American Studies

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Central American Studies

CSUN Professor Beatriz Cortez’s ‘Nomad World’ Art Exhibit Offers Kaleidoscopic View of Multiculturalism

Beatriz CortezCalifornia State University, Northridge Central American studies professor, Beatriz Cortez, challenges viewers to explore the various psychological and physical realities of multiculturalism with her latest mixed media interactive art exhibition.

The show, “Nomad World,” currently at the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, includes five sculptures/installations on display through March 12. Nomad World - Beatriz Cortez - continues

Raquel Gutiérrez

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12:30pm

Raquel Gutierrez

Raquel Gutiérrez has long been a writer and live performer. She is a film actor, curator, publisher (Econo Textual Objects, established 2014), playwright, arts administrator, and community organizer. She writes about art, culture, music, film, performance and community building, and creates original solo and ensemble performance compositions. Read more

The Central American Studies Lecture Series presents: Alma Ruiz

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Alma Ruiz

Organizing the 20 Bienal de Arte in Guatemala City: What It Takes and What It  Means. Alma Ruiz was born in Guatemala City, and is a renowned contemporary art curator in the City of Los Angeles. She is former senior curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles where she worked for over 30 years, and where she curated numerous exhibitions on the postwar period in the United States, Italy, and Latin America, and exhibited artists such as Lygia Clark, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Magdalena Fernández, Carlos Garaicoa, Ernesto Neto, Ana Mendieta, Hélio Oiticica, and Gabriel Orozco, among others Read more

Ronald Morán, Therapy for a Sweet Dream

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Therapy for a Sweet Dream

Therapy for a Sweet Dream explores the disruption of sleep in a dysfunctional world plagued by murder, impunity, and corruption. Taking as a point of departure the popular belief that counting sheep induces sleep, this video installation invites the viewer to count, instead of sheep, former members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS13) as they jump over a fence. Read more

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Welcome to Central American Studies

The Department of Central American Studies has a tri-fold mission: to empower the large and growing Central American community in the United States by promoting academic excellence, community involvement, and cultural diversity; to open spaces of global citizenship and dialogue between academia and society that contribute to the construction of a Central American transnational identity; and to promote an understanding and appreciation of the diverse Central American cultures, ethnicities, experiences, and worldviews from an interdisciplinary global perspective.

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