The Earliest American Imprints: The Book in Mexico in the Sixteenth Century.
Slocum Room, Lilly Library. Through May 4
The Lilly Library’s collection of sixteenth-century Mexican imprints is a remarkable resource for the study of the development of the press in the New World. This impressive collection of several dozen books and broadsides, which range in date from 1544 to 1600, includes religious texts, philosophical works, bilingual dictionaries, and Inquisition documents. All sixteenth-century Mexican imprints are rare, and this exhibition offers a remarkable opportunity to view the work of the earliest printers in the Western hemisphere, including Juan Pablos, Antonio de Espinosa, and Pedro Ocharte.
Of Bodies and Borders
The Work of Ana Teresa Fernández
For Mexican-born, Bay-area based artist Ana Teresa Fernández, performance is a primary research tool in her complex multimedia practice. Her work often begins as a time-based action or social gesture that explores the politics of intersectionality. Her oeuvre includes community-based projects, public art, sculpture, performance, video, and larger-than-life oil paintings that critique cultural assumptions and stereotypes about Latina women and illuminate the psychological and physical barriers that define gender, race, and class in Western society and the global south.
Fernández has exhibited at the Denver Art Museum; the Nevada Museum of Art; Humboldt State University, Eureka, California; the Tijuana Biennial in Mexico; Snite Museum at Notre Dame University, Indiana; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and The Oakland Museum of California. Her large-scale 5W public art project in San Francisco was awarded Best of the Bay by 7×7 Magazine in 2013. The Headlands Center for the Arts granted Fernández the Tournesol Award and her films have been screened at festivals internationally. In 2015, Humboldt State University published a catalogue of her solo exhibition at the First Street Gallery titled All or Nothing.
Robert McKee Irwin is a professor of Spanish at the University of California Davis. He is a specialist in Mexican cultural history, with expertise in issues of gender and sexuality, borders and migration, and transnationalism. His books include Mexican Masculinities(2003) and Global Mexican Cinema: Its Golden Age(with Maricruz Castro Ricalde 2013). He will give a public talk related to his digital storytelling project, “Humanizing Deportation.