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Geography of the Arts: Public Arts as Resistance

April 24, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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This project, “Public Art as Resistance in San José,” adds to the Geography of the Arts / H&A in Action programming by engaging community members in the history of resistance and public art in downtown San José. This panel discussion builds upon the in-person public art walking tours, and self guided tour and website for the project to consider the multiple ways in which San José residents and invited artists create, utilize and activate public art spaces to become sites of resistance and empowerment. The panel features

Erin Salazar,  Executive Director and Founder of Local Color, whose non-profit organization empowers local artists to create murals across San José.

Maryela Perez, Curator and Public Programs Manager at MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, a community arts organization and hybrid urban arts space located in downtown San Jose and rooted in the Chicano/Latino experience which has been instrumental in public art creation in the city.

Dr. Dore Bowen, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, San José State University, who will present on some of the artists included in the tour, particularly Rigo23, Judy Baca, and Ruth Asawa, encouraging viewer to understand the works as part of a larger practice, and to show different approaches to Art as Resistance.

Dr. Kerri J. Malloy, Assistant Professor of Global Humanities in the Department of Humanities, San José State University, whose research focuses on Indigenous genocide, healing, and reconciliation in North America and the necessity of systemic change within social structures to advance transitional justice.

The panel is Moderated by Dr. Alena Sauzade, Gallery Director and Collections Manager, San José State University, whose research focuses on public art and commemoration in the United States.

The exhibit at the downtown San José Hammer Theatre is curated from a social media hashtag campaign #SJResistArt that invites participants to define resistance in public art for themselves.

This project was made possible in part with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this tour do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The reception was made possible by the College of Humanities and the Arts and Dean Shannon Miller.


April 24, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113 United States
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