The Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) in partnership with the Centro Cultural de la Raza presents Preserving Chicana/o/x Art: Conversations on Conservation. Through a series of informal dialogues- artists, community organizers, scholars, conservators, curators and administrators will explore issues of representation, cultural production, culturally responsive approaches to conservation, and community led standards for the care and preservation of Chicana/o/x cultural collections. The webinar series kicks off Thursday April 7th.
As museums move towards diversifying their collections it is important to have an understanding of the investment and process associated with stewarding and conserving Chicana/o/x artworks. “Conservation Centers like BACC are increasingly seeing more and more works by BIPOC artists come through the labs, which is long overdue, and also a reminder that the time is now to set standards for the care of these works. BACC is proud to be partnering with the Centro to engage in these conversations, understanding that as part of our mission to be an inclusive organization, we must follow the lead of communities in this important work” said Leticia Gomez Franco, Executive Director of the Balboa Art Conservation Center. “We’re excited to be in conversation with a truly stellar roster of community leaders.”
Topics will include: Con Safos as Self-Preservation- What does Art Conservation and Cultural Preservation look like for the Chicana/o/x Community?; Rasquachismo Beyond Aesthetics: The Sensibilities of Documentation in Chicana/o/x Art; Inside/Outside: Preservation of Chicana/o/x Culture within/out Institutions; and A Donde Vamos Chicana/o/x? Setting Intentions for Cultural Preservation, and will feature notable participants such as Josie Talamantez, Historian & Activist; Maria Esther Fernandez, Artistic Director of The Cheech; Brandie Macdonald, Senior Director of Decolonizing Initiatives at Museum of Us; Victor Ochoa, Chicano Artist & Activist, among other impactful contributors. The conversations will take place via zoom every Thursday in April and will be accessible to the public for free. Schedules, registration links, participant roster, and additional information can be found at bacc.org. Preserving Chicana/o/x Art: Conversations on Conservation is partially funded by California Humanities and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
About the Balboa Art Conservation Center
For more than 45 years, BACC has been fulfilling its mission as a nonprofit art conservation and cultural preservation organization to provide conservation and preservation services for works of art, cultural objects, and historic artifacts. Its highly trained conservators offer a rigorous and scientific approach to the preservation, examination, and treatment of cultural heritage objects. As a nonprofit organization, BACC is committed to benefiting the public good by supporting training and education opportunities and partnering with stewards of community cultural collections. BACC is expanding access to the field of conservation to historically underrepresented communities by expanding the existing knowledge base to include culturally conscious and responsive methods of conservation. Learn more at www.bacc.org
About the Centro Cultural de la Raza
San Diego's Centro Cultural de la Raza was founded in 1970 as a Chicano Community Cultural Center and functions as an alternative space that encourages and facilitates artistic growth and cultural exchange in the San Diego/Tijuana region. The Centro provides classes and features a dynamic inter-disciplinary schedule of events which includes exhibits, musical performances, installation art, readings, receptions, Azteca dance, Teatro Chicano, Ballet Folklorico, film screenings and other events. Learn more at www.centrodelaraza.com/