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Talk | José E. López and Carla Acevedo-Yates

August 19, 202311:00 am - 1:00 pm

Museum admission included with ticket
ASL, CART, and Spanish language translation and captioning provided

Close up of a man posed to write as he sits in front of a tape recorder.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (b. 1972, San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives in San Juan), Safehouse Side A/ Side B (still), 2018. Two-channel video; 20 minutes. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of John J. Drammis, Jr. and Ira Levy by exchange, 2022.122.

About the Event

As part of the opening day celebration, join us for a wide-ranging conversation between the curator of the entre horizontes, Carla Acevedo-Yates, and Puerto Rican writer and activist José E. López on the past and present of Puerto Rican activism.

After the talk, the MCA is honored to present the world premiere screening of the new documentary Humboldt Park: Raíces de Resistencia, produced by Televisa/Univision Chicago, as part of the public opening of entre horizontes: Art and Activism Between Chicago and Puerto Rico in the Edlis Neeson Theater. Run time is 35 minutes.

About the Speaker

José E. López was born in 1949 in San Sebastián, Puerto Rico, into a family of six brothers and sisters. In 1959, his family moved to Chicago as part of the massive Puerto Rican migration to the United States. López received his BA Cum Laude in the Honors Program in History from Loyola University. He continued his studies at the University of Chicago, receiving the prestigious Danforth and Ford Fellowships to continue his postgraduate studies and earning his MA in History. He has lectured and written extensively on the political and social reality of Puerto Ricans in the United States and has long served as the executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer in Chicago, which he cofounded in 1973. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. López has cofounded several major community-based institutions, including Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, an alternative school serving at-risk youth; El Rincon Community Mental Health Center; and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.

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Lead support for the 2023-24 season of MCA Talks is made possible by The Richard and Mary L. Gray Lecture Series through a generous gift to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign.

Generous support is provided by The Antje B. and John J. Jelinek Endowed Lecture and Symposium on Contemporary Art; the Kristina Barr Lectures, which were established through a generous gift by The Barr Fund to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign; The Gloria Brackstone Solow and Eugene A. Solow, MD, Memorial Lecture Series; and the Allen M. Turner Tribute Fund, honoring his past leadership as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Lead support for entre horizontes: Art and Activism Between Chicago and Puerto Rico is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris, Zell Family Foundation, Cari and Michael Sacks, the Mellon Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Major support is provided by the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation and Jana and Bernardo Hees.

Generous support is provided by Marilyn and Larry Fields.

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This exhibition is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities.

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