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Rodrigo Lara: A Conversation about Repatriation

August 19, 2015 @ 6:00 pm



Join us on Wednesday, August 19th at the National Museum of Mexican Art for a behind-the-scenes look at Rodrigo Lara’s new exhibition, “Deportable Aliens,” followed by a conversation with the artist, curator Dolores Mercado, and SAIC Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism Daniel R. Quiles.

The work of Rodrigo Lara (b. 1981, Toluca, Mexico) surveys politics, immigration, and social justice. Through a site-specific installation, Lara depicts the unjust Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s by the President Hoover and Roosevelt administrations. He portrays these events in a provocative, ironic, yet contemplative tone. The Great Depression engendered anti-immigrant sentiments that enabled the relocation of many people, most of whom were U.S. citizens of Mexican descent.

We’re excited to announce that Documents Bureau, a project of The Society of Smallness, will help make this a memorable night, along with refreshments generously provided by 5 Rabbit Cervecería. After an introduction by the exhibition’s curator, Dolores Mercado, Rodrigo Lara and Daniel R. Quiles (Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at SAIC) will talk about the stunning sculptures that comprise Deportable Aliens, as well as the historical inspiration for the exhibition – Mexican Repatriation, the little-acknowledged mass deportation of Mexican-born individuals during the 1930s.

This event is the first in our new six-part program series, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, that celebrates the past, present, and futures of Latinos in the United States. This event will be held in English, but future events will be bilingual. Documents Bureau is a project of the Society of Smallness, a collective of enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds exploring the potential for small actions to generate creative opportunities for everyone.

Some resources on Mexican Repatriation: Resource 1   Resource 2   Resource 3



August 19, 2015
6:00 pm
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National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago , IL United States

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