Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio

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Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio ~ Images by Hiram Maristany. This image located on 99th Street, just west of Second Avenue, on the side wall of PS 109

Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio is a new public art project featuring photographs by renowned photographer, Hiram Maristany ~ a founding member of the Young Lords and their official photographer. Follow along as we take the walking tour, map in hand to view 10 large-scale images across five locations in El Barrio.

Beginning on East 99th Street

Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio ~ Images by Hiram Maristany. This image located on 99th Street, just west of Second Avenue, on the east side wall of PS 109

The Young Lords New York were a revolutionary group of Puerto Rican activists inspired by the Black Panthers, who organized for social justice in El Barrio in the late 1960s to the early 1970s. They organized around issues of political liberation and core community concerns such as health, food, education and housing. The image above is entitled March to Free the Panther 21 taken by Hiram Maristany in 1969. It has been installed on the side of PS 109 (215 East 99th Street), an abandoned school transformed into an affordable housing complex of live/work space for local artists.

Moving east on 99th Street between First and Second Avenues, The first public campaign of the Young Lords became the Garbage Offensive, 1969 (two large images below). While wealthier communities had regular trash pickup, East Harlem and other poor communities of color throughout the city were left with trash piling up.

Photos 1 & 2: The Garbage Offensive, 1969 by Hiram Maristany on view on 99th Street between First & Second Avenues

In protest, the Young Lords confronted the local NYC Sanitation depot ~ 111th Street at Third Avenue, and together with the community, they swept the garbage into the middle of the street, forming a barricade that halted traffic.

Photo 1: The Garbage Offensive, 1969 by Hiram Maristany on view on 99th Street between First and Second Avenue

They set the barricade on fire, forcing the police and fire department to intervene, and they mobilized the press to document the event.

Photo 2: the Garbage Offensive, 1969 by Hiram Maristany on view on 99th Street between First and Second Avenues

111th Street

111th Street at Second Avenue ~ Machito Square

Continuing on to 111th Street, corner of Second Avenue, a large-format image of the Garbage Offensive is on view on the wall of Experts Knights Collision.

111th Street, corner of 3rd Avenue on the wall of Experts Knights Collision ~ Image of The Garbage Offensive

Lexington Avenue at 111th Street (below) is a corner filled with history. In the image below, to the right, sit the 1st Spanish United Methodist Church ~ briefly occupied by the Young Lords in 1969 and 1970. The historic church is currently on the back-burner of NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, with continuing discussion about the merit of historic cultural significance as it pertains to the Young Lords.

Sitting in the shadow of the Monument Art Project image of Nuyorican writer, Nicholasa Mohr, and directly across the street from ‘The People’s Church’ ~ Mapping Resistance installation

Below is a closeup of the image of Young Lords marching to the Bronx in support of members of the Black Panther Party, 1967.

Image of member of The Young Lords marching to the Bronx to support members of the Black Panther Party, 1967 ~ Photo credit: Hiram Maristany

We can’t leave this corner without posting the image below of Nuyorican writer, Nicholasa Mohr, on the side of the school located on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 111th Street, as part of the Monument Art Project in 2015.

Nuyorican writer Nicholasa Mohr ~ part of Monument Art Project

112th Street

The largest portion of the installation is located on Madison Avenue at 112th Street

The largest of the Mapping Resistance installations is location on Madison Avenue at 112th Street (above), on the fence of an empty lot where permits were recently filed to build a fifteen-story, mixed-use building.

Hiram Maristany: Take Over of the TB Testing Truck, 1970 on view at 112th Street & Madison Avenue

Many of the images at this site relate to the Young Lords seizing a T B Truck in 1970. The underutilized truck, was only open part-time, not serving the community. The mobile unit was seized at 116th street and set up across the street from the Young Lords Headquarters on Madison Avenue at 111th Street. The technicians assigned to that mobil unit continued to take X-rays.

When the Young Lords were done, the mobile unit extended its days and hours to 9am to 9pm every weekday.

Mapping Resistance at Madison Avenue and 111th Street

Below is a wonderfully thought out walking map, with the installations set to give those taking the walking tour a nice slice of El Barrio.

Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio, photographs by Hiram Maristany, commemorating the activist history of the Young Lords, was organized by artist Miguel Luciano, with support from the Surdna FoundationA Blade of Grass and El Museo del Barrio. The installation will be on view through September 30, 2019. Information on the images at each site, in English and Spanish.

The window of Hunter East Harlem Gallery during its exhibition, Anchor ~ photographs by Hiram Maristany

Related programming including tours, to be announced. Take a look back at 50 years of photographs taken by the photographer, Hiram Maristany, of his home in el Barrio at the exhibition, Anchor, which was on view at Hunter East Harlem Gallery in 2015.

Don’t get lost, get a map of East Harlem (post cards of the East Harlem Map will be sold at Amuse Bouche in La Marqueta beginning June 1st)

1990s drama ‘Party of Five’ reboot involves deported parents

Interesting article by Russell Contreras for AP.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — “Party of Five,” a 1990s teen drama that focused on a family grappling with life after the death of their parents, is getting a reboot with a Mexican American family whose parents are deported.

Disney announced this month that the Sony Pictures Television retooled Generation X-era show will air on the Freeform network and will star a Latino cast.

The new series is headed by the show’s original creators Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser and comes as millions of Latinos in the U.S. wrestle with the uncertainty around deportations and aggressive immigration enforcement under the Trump administration.

The original series, which ran from 1994 to 2000 on Fox, centered on the Salinger family whose parents died in a car accident caused by a drunken driver.

The new show will follow the Acosta children as they work through an unsettling future when their parents are abruptly deported to Mexico. It will star Brandon Larracuente, Emily Tosta, Niko Guardado and Elle Paris Legaspi.

Lippman told The Associated Press she and Keyser have turned down previous offers to bring back the show over concerns they didn’t want to simply recycle the same storyline with new actors. But she said the pair changed their minds after reading front-page newspaper stories about Latino children being separated from their parents.

“We have told this story before but it was imaginary,” Lippman said. “Now it’s actually a story that is playing out all over the country.”

The original series drew praise from critics from its writing and strong acting and won the 1996 Golden Globe for Best Drama. After struggling with low ratings its first two seasons, the series developed a loyal following especially among members of Generation X who identified with the themes of absent Baby Boomer parents, tight finances amid high divorce rates and the effects of a long economic recession.

Lippman said because of the ongoing saga of Latino families facing separation, the time was right to reimagine the show for a new generation facing specific challenges and to illustrate those threats to a diverse audience.

“In the previous show, we didn’t need to be specific to a culture or a political climate,” she said. “This family is very concerned about (its) status.”

While most of the Acosta children are American born, Lippman said one has DACA — temporary protection granted to some young immigrants under the Obama Administration-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That factor will showcase the ongoing anxiety the family must confront daily, she said

Chris Zepeda-Millán, a Chicana/o Studies and public policy professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, said it’s telling that a mainstream television network is taking a chance on series focusing on the issue of immigration status. “It’s an American story that has been going on for decades,” Zepeda-Millán said. “Now it will get some mainstream exposure through the very powerful media of television.”

Zepeda-Millán said the few television shows featuring Latino characters have been largely comedies. “I haven’t seen a drama, mainstream show like this,” Zepeda-Millán said. “Its success will depend on how the characters are portrayed.”

Lippman said the show has hired a mostly Latino writing staff.

Rodrigo Garcia serves as executive producer and directed the pilot for the “Party of Five” reboot. Michal Zebede serves as co-executive producer and writer.

No premiere date has been announced.



Cheech Marin tours Houston’s Latino art scene

Article by Molly Glentzer for the Houston Chronicle.

Cheech Marin got a few laughs in Houston earlier this month, but he was in town on a serious mission.

The beloved comedian, who gained fame in the 1970s as half of the stoner team Cheech and Chong, came to view some of the exhibitions that have been part of spring’s Latino Art Now! series. He also drummed up excitement for the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of Riverside Art Museum, which is scheduled to open in Riverside, Calif. in 2021.

Marin, 72, is now nearly as famous in a different cultural realm as a top collector of Chicano art. He made it to Houston on May 7 and 8, just in time to catch the final days of a show by Einar & Jamex de la Torre at Nicole Longnecker Gallery. A retrospective of the de la Torre brothers’ work will be the first show at the Cheech, as the new center will be called.

Einar de la Torre led a walk-through of Longnecker’s show for Marin and a few starry-eyed guests before a dinner at the home of Dakota Enterprises founder and CEO Rick Guttman. “I never thought in 1971 that I would be driving Cheech to dinner in the rain in 2019,” said gallery director Brad Barber.

The next day, Marin toured the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston exhibition “Between Play and Grief” with curator Mari Carmen Ramirez and lunched with community leaders at M.D. Anderson-Magnolia Park YWCA in the East End, where the show “Honoring the Masters: The Chicano Renaissance,” features works by Chicano artists Mario R. Gonzales, Daniel Lechón and Leo Tanguma and local artist and community advocate Jesse Rodriguez, a.k.a. Magnolia Grown.

Marin has a stealth Houston connection: Houston-based arts consultant Melissa Richardson Banks has managed his collection for about 16 years and is organizing the national exhibition tour and catalog for the de la Torre Bros. retrospective at the Cheech.

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Artist Jesse Treviño’s ‘Spirit’ Evoked in New Book Examining His Work

Check out Nicholas Frank’s article on the Rivard Report


An overflow crowd of almost 200 filled the Central Library Auditorium on Tuesday evening for a celebration of Spirit: The Life and Art of Jesse Treviño, the new book about the life and work of San Antonio artist Jesse Treviño.

Spirit author Anthony Head joked that half the people in the room must be relatives of the artist, who has a large, local family. Before the proceedings began, Treviño’s younger brother Robert reminisced about doing leatherwork and ceramics with his older brother when they were children, and about later witnessing the painting of Mi Vida in 1972, Jesse’s signature outpouring of his emotional reintroduction to civilian life after service in the Vietnam War.

As has often been noted, that service rendered Treviño a wounded warrior, having lost his right forearm and hand to a grenade explosion. Mi Vida represented Treviño’s adjustment to his wounds, including learning how to paint with his intact left hand.

While injured, Treviño had a realization: “I made a promise to myself that if I lived, I would paint the things important to me: my family, my neighborhood – my world,” he said, as quoted in a documentary on the artist produced by Ellen Riojas Clark, which was screened as the audience assembled.

Treviño has since grown into a leading art figure in San Antonio and beyond, with large-scale murals at important locations around the city, including the Spirit of Healing tile mural on the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio downtown. Among other notable achievements, Treviño painted the official portrait of the legendary U.S. Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez and is currently honored with the title wall of Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, featuring Mi Vida.

Treviño received a standing ovation upon entering the library auditorium, making his way up the center aisle as Mayor Ron Nirenberg slipped inconspicuously into the back of the room.

Nirenberg took the podium to introduce Treviño, Head, and moderator Robert Rivard, editor and publisher of the Rivard Report, for what he called “an extraordinary conversation about one extraordinary American.” Nirenberg described Treviño as “an example of what we can do when we put our creativity to work for the betterment of mankind.”

Head then gave a brief reading from Spirit, focused on the era of Treviño’s post-Vietnam return to the U.S., as the civil rights movement aligned with the antiwar protest movement. At the time, Treviño was invited to join the Con Safos group of Chicano artists by Mel Casas, who taught painting at San Antonio College. Casas also taught his young student that it’s “not as important how you make your art, but why – your intentions, your meaning, your message,” Head said.

“Jesse took to heart the lessons of Mel Casas, who kept emphasizing how art can be – must be – an important part of any dialogue on social and cultural issues,” Head read.

An issue recounted in the pages of Spirit is that both men, artist and author, suffered bouts with cancer during the book’s eight-year production. As Treviño endured the effects of chemotherapy to treat stomach cancer, “talking about his past was very uplifting to him,” Head said. “And at his lowest moments … being able to give me stories for this book, I know helped his recovery because I could see it.”

Anthony Head, author of Spirit: The Life and Art of Jesse Treviño

When Head was diagnosed with leukemia soon after, he said his own treatments made him able to understand at least some part of the physical and emotional pain Treviño had endured throughout his lifetime. “After he got cancer, and after I got cancer during the research and writing of this book, I think he bonded with me in a way that he hadn’t before,” Head said during an earlier interview.

Their mutual trials made Treviño less guarded, and more willing to tell stories of his life. The result was an overweening, 240,000-word manuscript that was trimmed to a slim 80,000 words, more than enough for the eventual 256-page book.

Head said there is room for more books on Treviño, to tell the stories he by necessity had to leave out. “I think I interviewed half of the people here tonight, and I’m sorry for the other half but after seven years I just ran out of time. … There’s plenty of room for more books about Jesse to be written, I think, because Jesse is the story of San Antonio.”

At one point during the evening, Treviño proved his tirelessness by telling a lengthy story in Spanish. He used a barrio slang term – as described by an audience member – como la fregada (against all odds, roughly), to summarize the dual struggle he and Head went through to finally bring the biography Treviño had always wanted to come to fruition.

Rivard drew laughter as he summed up Treviño’s thoughts for the English speakers in the audience: “He likes the book.”

Despite his recent health struggles, Treviño clearly wants to keep going. He told of a desire to make a new mural for the redeveloped Alameda Theatre, as just one part of an ambitious plan for the near Westside Zona Cultural and the University of Texas at San Antonio’s downtown campus.

One detail rarely heard came out during the conversation. Asked by Rivard when he knew he wanted to be an artist, Treviño remembered submitting a drawing to an art competition held by the Witte Museum with the idea of wanting to win. “That’s exactly true,” he said.

His competitive spirit still lives. “The future for me [is] I want to be in the lead of the arts here in San Antonio,” he said. “It’s important that I dominate with my work.”


In my previous post about Latina Authors From the Texas-Mexico Border You Should Know, I highlighted three amazing authors whose contributions to literature cannot and should not be ignored. Their works emphasize life along the border and their experiences as individuals of a marginalized and diverse group. I wish I could have highlighted more amazing Latinas, but I had neither the time nor the space on that last piece. This is why I have chosen to write a follow-up to that first piece.

I wish to highlight three more amazing Latina authors that you should know because they are fucking fantastic! If you have not read their works yet, now is the time to do just that. In no particular order, they are as follows:


Diana Noble grew up in Laredo, Texas on the north bank of the mighty Rio Grande, across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Her young adult novel Evangelina Takes Flight is truly a remarkable read that is worth your time. The book has received numerous honors and awards that include the Spirit of Texas Reading Program Selection, Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Fiction 2018 (runner-up), June Franklin Naylor Award for Best Children’s Book 2018, National Association for Chicano & Chicana Studies, Tejas Foco Award for Best Young Adult Fiction 2018, Southwest Young Adult Book of the Year, Tomás Rivera Award Finalist, and Skipping Stones Multicultural Book Award 2018. The book was a massive achievement, and I am here to let you know that is it one hell of a read! Quickly, Evangelina Takes Flight is an incredible story loosely based on Diana Noble’s paternal grandmother’s life. The book is set in northern Mexico in 1911 during the Mexican Revolution, which began the year before, and provides a concise overview of the difficult decision many Mexican families had to make during the revolution: Do we stay or do we go? In this story, Evangelina’s family decides to leave their home and make their way north to a small border town on the U.S. side. But they quickly learn that many Americans are rude, nasty, unforgiving, and vehemently racist. Evangelina and her family begin to wonder if the locals will ever allow them to live their lives peacefully. This is truly a great book that you should read now.


Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia came to the U.S. at the age of four and grew up in Florida and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Her work has appeared in Bustle, CatapultElectric LiteratureLatina Magazine, McSweeney’s Publishing, and the Austin American-Statesman. Natalia’s first novel, Chasing the Sun, was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad. Her latest novel, Everyone Knows You Go Home, won an International Latino Book Award, the 2018 Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, and was named a Best Book of 2018 by Real Simple magazine. It is a remarkable read that touches on a plethora of issues that include immigration, borders, death, love, loss, tragedy, and redemption. Its blend of magical realism and surrealism are sure to entertain and satisfy. Latino Book Review accurately stated: “No character feels pigeonholed by stereotypes. Also, the book’s detailed accounts of undocumented immigration, such as a stash house that feels more like a prison, unflinchingly portray the reality of dangers faced by immigrants in a way that humanizes suffering.” I highly recommend this timely novel. Natalia’s debut YA Novel, Running, is forthcoming in 2020.


Guadalupe Garcia McCall is a legend and absolute badass. Her books have won numerous awards and she has received the highest honor and praise from readers and critics alike. She was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. She immigrated with her family to the United States when she was 6 years old and grew up in Eagle Pass, Texas. Her book Under the Mesquite received the prestigious Pura Belpre Author Award, was a William C. Morris Finalist, received the Lee Bennett Hopkins/International Literacy Promising Poet Award, the Tomas Rivera Children’s Book Award, and was included in Kirkus Review’s Best Teen Books of 2011, among many other accolades. Summer of the Mariposas won a Westchester Young Adult Fiction award, was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, was included in the 2013 Amelia Bloomer Project List, the Texas Lone Star Reading List, and the 2012 School Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year. Her books will hit you right in the feels and are excellent for readers of all ages. I highly recommend all of her books.

There is not much more I can say to add to the scholarship of these one-of-a-kind Latina authors. Their works are special and deserve to be read. Do yourself a favor and read them as soon as possible.

New Book: Cabañuelas by Norma Elia Cantú

Nena leaves Laredo, Texas, and moves to Madrid, Spain, to research the historical roots of traditional fiestas in Laredo. Immersing herself in post-Franco Spain and its rich history, its food, music, and fiestas, Nena finds herself falling for Paco, a Spaniard who works in publishing. Nena’s research and experiences teach her about who she is, where she comes from, and what is important to her, but as her work comes to a close, Nena must decide where she can best be true to her entire self: in Spain with Paco or in Laredo, her home, where her job and family await her return.Norma Elia Cantú is the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University. Her recent works include Transcendental Train Yard: A Collaborative Suite of SerigraphsCanícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, Updated Edition (UNM Press), and the coedited anthology Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art.



New Book: Ballad of a Slopsucker by Juan Alvarado Valdivia

Check out this new book from UNM press!

A young widower visits Chichén Itzá to honor his wife; family dynamics unravel at a child’s birthday party; the lead singer of a high school metal band faces his dreaded tenth reunion; a serial killer believes he’s been blessed by God to murder bicycle thieves—Alvarado Valdivia’s debut collection of short stories ranges from dark to light and is written with a storyteller’s skill and compassion. Based in Northern California and examining a variety of themes, including love, family, and masculinity, these stories offer an important new perspective on the experiences of Latinos and Latinas in the United States and complicate ideas of nationhood, identity, and the definition of home.


Juan Alvarado Valdivia was born to Peruvian parents and raised in Fremont, California. He is the author of ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir (UNM Press).