Anthony Ortega
Associate Professor
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Regis University
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Diversity and Cultural Tradition: Chicanismo /Chicanarte, RCC 400D
Themes in Art History: Chicanismo /Chicanarte, FAHS 408M

Monday and Wednesday 9:00 to 10:15 AM


Office: Main Hall 133C

Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M.

Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 A.M. to 9:25 A.M.

Phone: 303-458-4286





Please turn off your cell phone during class time.

No text messaging allowed during class time


Course Description:

This course is a comprehensive overview of the major influences, themes and styles in Chicano art from its emergence in the 1960s to the beginning of the 21st century. In this course we explore the intersections of art, identity, place and history. In the process, we will discuss the theoretical and ideological underpinnings that have informed Chicana/o artistic production. Not only will we be looking at much of the art work generated by Chicana/o artists, but we will also be discussing the social, political and cultural phenomena that have fueled their creative endeavors. The course culminates in a collage artwork, community mural and research project.


Course Objectives:  

  •  Identify Chicana/o artists and their role in Chicano culture and history. 
  • Identify various Chicana/o artists by being able to discuss or write about their styles. 
  • Students will learn the terms, concepts, and methods required in the study of Chicano Movement through the following frameworks: economic, political, historical, racial, class, gender, immigration, educational,  iconography and artist media 
  • Students will view, discuss and evaluate various types of visual arts and performing arts that evolved from the Chicano movement including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, theatre, poetry and storytelling
  • Students will examine the multiple ways that “Chicanos” have been defined and named in the United States, as well as understand the contributions Chicanos have had made to the larger U.S. culture. 
  • Students will discuss the ways in which historical events, social and economic change, and social movements  that have shaped Chicano art                

Attendance: Four absences will result in a one letter-grade reduction for the course, seven absences grade will be lowered two full steps, nine absences grade will be lowered to an F.


 Important Note Regarding Missed Exams or Assignments: You cannot make up an exam if you miss it. In case of a valid excuse, such as death in the family or grave personal illness or injury, (which would need to be documented and signed by at least two parties) you can make up the credit by writing a 5-page essay. You must first discuss the details with me. Late assignments will be accepted up to a week after the due date, but at the reduction of an entire letter grade, for example from an A to a B.


Academic Integrity Policy

Consistent with the College’s Academic Integrity Policy, I will report all violations of this course’s academic integrity policy to the Dean’s office.  Students who have committed multiple instances of academic dishonesty can be subject to institutional penalties like probation, suspension, or expulsion, in addition to the penalties for this course.  The Academic integrity policy is described in the Bulletin; detailed information about the policy and the appeal’s process can be found in the Dean’s office.


Course Withdraw Policy: Students are expected to know and observe the published deadlines for (a) dropping the course and (b) Withdrawing from the course. These deadlines are published on the University’s Academic Calendar, Which is available in the Bulletin, the course schedule, and is in the Dean’s Office? Please observe the following Dates: Last Day to Drop the Course: September 1, 2015; last Day to withdraw from the Course (No refund): October 30, 2015. THESES DEADLINES ARE NOT FLEXIBLE.

 Smart/Cell phone policy: phones are to be turned off at all times. Class participation also means that you are fully present in class, not texting or looking at your cell phone. I expect that cell phones and other electronic devices will be put away and not sitting out in view. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in lowering of grade. I reserve the right to deduct points from your grade for each such instance without notice.

  Learning Support: If you have a documented disability requiring academic adjustments for this class, please contact the Director of Disability Services, Joie Williams, (303-458-4941, who will review your documentation with you and help determine appropriate, reasonable accommodations. Following this meeting, please make an appointment with me, as your instructor, to discuss your accommodation request in light of the course requirements. You may self-disclose and request an academic adjustment any time during the term. However, I strongly recommend that you do so as soon as possible because accommodations are not provided retroactively and adequate lead-time is required.


Required Materials (available at the campus bookstore)

“Chicano Art for Our Millennium”

 Bilingual Press, Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University, by Gary Keller


Useful web sites for Chicano artists


Books and articles on Reserve at Dayton Memorial Library:


Each week there will be several readings, from several sources. The readings taken together will become the basis for class discussions, visiting artists, story tellers and a DVD. Though not every reading will be analyzed and discussed in detail in class, all the readings are necessary to prepare students for the complex ideas and contexts we are trying to understand.


The course will be a positive learning community in direct proportion to students’ able and informed engagement in class discussions. When students prepare for class, therefore, they should prepare to actively participate. Class time is more productively and interestingly spent if everyone is prepared to participate with their questions, concerns, comments, insights, difficulties, etc. The course requires active student participation, whether in the discussion of the readings, visiting lecturers, presentations and or videos that will be shown in class during the semester. Thus, the course will operate, for a great part of the time, as a seminar, which needs full student participation. In this sense, the reading on time of the reading assignments is a must, as well as class attendance.


Reflection papers/Short Essays

The objective is to give you the opportunity to reflect on the following presentations:

-visiting artists, story tellers, poets, exhibitions, DVD presentation and a play

See how they relate to Chicano art. In order to write these essays you must attend the talks and DVD presentations. Connect the readings with the presentation and cite the sources. You are required to ask a logical concrete question relating to the presentation. Use the question and their answer in your paper. Report on the presenter and focus on what they say about their work. Comment upon both the presentation and how it relates to the Chicano art tradition. Your response paper should focus content and not on the style of which the presentation is given. Eighteen short essays will be assigned and they will be due at the beginning of the following class period. IF CIRCUMSTANCES PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING THEM IN AT THAT TIME, YOU ARE GIVEN A GRACE PERIOD OF ONE WEEK BUT YOU ARE DOCKED ONE LETTER GRADE.


Essay Format: 2 -3 pages typed, 12 point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, with standard one-inch margins, handwritten essays will not be accepted.


Heading: Upper LEFT-hand corner of page 1 should include:


Student Name


Date Submitted


Essay style: Basic essay writing is required, consisting of an introductory paragraph stating your thesis statement; several paragraphs focus on critical analysis of the assigned materials and topics. Essays should have proper use of grammar and no spelling errors.


Essay Notes: When you refer to ideas and insights drawn from articles, presenters and books-you must cite these sources. You are required to connect the readings with the presentations/videos with a citation from the readings.


Please use MLA style for your essays


Regis Writing Center

The Writing Center is a free resource for Regis College undergraduates. All writers, no matter how proficient, benefit from working with a writing consultant. These peer consultants will help you at any point in your writing process, from brainstorming for ideas to organizing a draft to polishing the final version. You get immediate and personal feedback about your writing as well as answers to your questions. Appointments are recommended. Drop by the Writing Center in Loyola 1 or call (303) 458-4039 for more information.


Small group presentation, in conjunction with course lecture, there will be small group presentations. Groups will consist of 2 to 3 students and they will create a 10 minute presentation on a topic previously agreed upon with the instructor. You and your partners will want to think through what the primary issues and themes that is at stake in the texts, articles research and analyze how these ideas are integrated into Chicano Art and or culture


Format: The presentation should follow the following format:

A brief introduction of the theme or issue, as you understand it, in the texts we read for the day. (Don’t provide an interpretation for the entire text. That’s what we’ll be doing when you finish).

Some kind of visual aid that points to the contemporary cultural context (short power point of 6 images)


Describe: What connection you see, how is it similar or different, and why is it important?


Include a question or two to stimulate class discussion.


Handouts and PowerPoint: Handouts and visuals are good. If you use PowerPoint, email it to me ahead of time. Warning: Do not overload slides with text or rely too heavily on it. Use it for visuals or quick information (graphs, data, etc.).


Write-Up: Each presentation requires a 2-page analysis of your presentation (not the literature) to be turned at the same time as the presentation. Do not read from this paper. The presentation should be extemporaneous (i.e. carefully prepared but delivered without notes or text). You want to engage your peers in your topic and give a thorough analysis of its importance.


Outside class events:


Field Trip


History Colorado

September 12, at 11:00 AM


Performances and film


Daniel Valdez

Inspired Thinker Series:

Lecture Recital on September 16, 2015, regarding his work and inspiring students to participate in the experience (Claver Recital Hall) Ticketed event free to students, faculty and staff but still need tickets.


Showing of the movie, Zoot Suit, on October 22, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.; pre-showing talk by Daniel Valdez at 6:30 p.m. (Claver Recital Hall)


Su Teatro

Doña Rosita’s Jalapeño Kitchen

October 23, at 7:30 PM


Art Exhibitions: 
Carlos Fresquez
O’Sulllivan Art Gallery (Painting/Mixed media)
August 25 – October 1
Opening reception: Thursday, September 3, 4:30-7 pm
Gallery talk: Thursday, September 10, 7 pm

Juan Espinosa
Chicano Movement
1971-1974 One Man’s Perspective
Fireplace Lounge, Dayton Memorial LibraryDates of exhibition,
September 2, - October 15

Opening reception: Tuesday September 15, 4:00-6:00 pm


Museo de las Americas

Jerry de la Cruz retrospective

October 23, at 3:30 PM

Community Mural participation

We will be collaborating on a community mural with Servicios de la Raza. Servicios is located at 3131 W 14th Ave. just a few miles from Regis University. The dates of our painting collaboration will be on November 11, 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 1-4 PM. You will be required to attend one 1.5 hours session.  


Collage Project

You will create a collage image on illustration board, give an oral presentation and write a paper. You will create a composition using your knowledge of Chicano art tradition and a current event. After completing your collage you will write a 2-3 page paper and prepare a 5-minute oral presentation. The paper and oral presentation will explain the ways in which you have incorporated a current event, symbols, iconography, colors etc. into your collage. Your understanding of the concepts, as well as the application of these concepts to the project, will serve as criteria for grading.


Grade Percentage Spread       


10 points - reflection paper on August 31 “La Raza de Colorado el Movimiento” DVD 

10 points –reflection paper on class presentation on September 2, by artist Carlos Santistevan

15 points - reflection paper on Saturday September 12, History Colorado Museum visit History Colorado


10 points-reflection paper on gallery talk on Thursday September 10 by Carlos Fresquez, 7 pm

15 points –reflection paper on opening and class presentation on September 15 and16, by photographer Juan Espinosa

15 points –reflection paper on class presentation on September 16, by Daniel Valdez at Recital hall

10 points –reflection paper on class presentation on September 23, by artist Emanuel Martinez

10 points –reflection paper on class presentation on September 30, by story teller Angel Vigil

10 points- reflection paper on presentation on October 7, by Poet, Margie Domingo

10 points- reflection paper on presentation on October 14, by artist Judy Miranda

15 points- reflection paper on Thursday October 22, film of Zoot Suit and talk with Daniel Valdez

15 points- reflection paper on exhibition on Friday October 23, @ 3:30 PM., El Museo de las Americas,

15 points- reflection paper on play on Friday October 23, @ 7:30 PM., Su Teatro, “Dona Rosita’s Jalapeno Kitchen”

10 points- reflection paper on presentation on October 26, by Maruca Salazar, executive director of the Museo de las Americas  and artist

10 points- reflection paper on presentation on October 28, by Tony Garcia, executive artist director of Su Teatro

10 points- reflection paper on presentation on November 4, by Visiting Performance Artist and Poet Adrian Molina

10 points- reflection paper on presentation on November 11, by story teller Jerry Lawson

10 points- reflection paper on presentation on November 16, by Sylvia Montero, artist

20 points - Exam 1

20 points – Final exam

20 points – small group presentation

10 points Community mural participation at Servicios de la Raza

20 points collage artwork, paper and oral presentation


300 points total  


You will be able to drop your three lowest grades on your reflection papers. Reflection papers will not be accepted as substitutes for community mural participation, small group presentation or collage project


Grading System   


Final grade will be base on 270 total points



259-270 points



243-258 points



235-242 points


227-234 points

B -


216-226 points



208-215 points



200-207 points



189-199 points



181-188 points



173-180 points



162-172 points


59% or below

161 point of less



*Small group presentation  

August 24



August 26

Root and branches,

La Linea, La Frontera, A line in the sand/the boarder and definitions types of print making)

“The Political and Social Context of Chicano Art” PDF

“Counter Cultures: The California Context” PDF

“The Chicano Experience” PDF



August 31

DVD, “La Raza de Colorado el Movimiento”

“The Political and Social Context of Chicano Art” PDF

“Counter Cultures: The California Context” PDF

“The Chicano Experience” PDF


September 2

Visiting Artist Carlos Santistevan

Carlos Santistevan power point PDF Carlos Santistevan PDF

September 3

Carlos Fresquez opening 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Carlos Fresquez PDF

September 7

Labor day

No class

September 9

“The Art, Larry Yanez’s Mi casa es su casa”, “The Guide”

* Small group presentation  on Cesar Chavez, Migrant farm works and the UFW

Student power point PDF on Cesar Chavez and the UFW

Reflection papers due on DVD and Carlos Santistevan

“Chicano Art for Our Millennium3

September 10

“Chicanismo” artist’s talk at the O’Sulllivan Art Gallery, Regis University

Carlos Fresquez power point of exhibition at the O'Sullivan Gallery Carlos Fresquez PDF

September 12

History Colorado


1200 Broadway St,

Tour and presentation by Ernesto Vigil at 11:00 AM


EL Movimiento Chicano de Colorado, 1960 -1980

By Antonio Esquibel

Heritage MarApr15-web.pdf  Page 16



September 14

“Community Values/Lo Que representa Nuestra comunidad

Entre Familia and Barrio y Campo

* Small group presentation on Carmen Lomas Garza, Preserving culture

Student power point PDF on Carmen Lomas Garza

Reflection papers due on History Colorado/Ernesto Vigil and Carlos Fresquez

 “Chicano Art for Our Millennium”

September 15

Opening of Juan Espinosa photographic exhibit at the Dayton Memorial Library

Fireplace Lounge 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Juan Espinosa PDF


The Front Lines of El Movemento by Juan Espinosa  Heritage MarApr15-web.pdf  Page 22

September 16

Postponed Juan Espinosa, “Chicano Media in the Movement” to Monday September 21


Finished chapter on

“Community Values/Lo Que representa Nuestra comunidad

Entre Familia and Barrio y Campo




September 16

Daniel Valdez performance

 Claver Recital Hall 7:30 PM


Ticketed event free to students, faculty and staff but still need tickets.


Link to obtain tickets



Writer/director/composer Daniel Valdez, founding member of El Teatro Campesino, will give a lecture recital to inspire the Regis community to search for self-identity.


September 21

Juan Espinosa, “Chicano Media in the Movement”


Juan Espinosa PDF


The Front Lines of El Movemento by Juan Espinosa  Heritage MarApr15-web.pdf  Page 22


September 23

Visiting Artist, Emanuel Martinez

Power point PDF of Emanuel Martinez Murals

Emanuel Martinez PDF


September 28

“Across Borders and the Biculture/ Atravesando fronteras y culturas”

Yuxtaposición, Transición and Nuevo Milenio

Lecture 4 power poin PDF

* Small group presentation on Pre Columbian and Guadalupe images

Student power point PDF of Pre-Columbian and Guadalupe images

Reflection papers due on Juan Espinosa, Daniel Valdez and on Emanuel Martinez

“Chicano Art for Our Millennium”

September 30

Story teller, Angel Vigil


TED X front range talk

October 5


Representación Religiosa and Espíritu Humano

Lecture 5 power point PDF


 * Small group presentation on Denver Chicano murals

Student Power point PDA of Denver Chicano murals


Reflection papers due on Angel Vigil

“Chicano Art for Our Millennium”

October 7

Poet, Margie Domingo


Margie Domingo article

October 12

Fall break no class


October 14

Visiting Artist, Judy Miranda  Judy Miranda PDF


web site for Judy Miranda


Judy Miranda La Voz articule


Chicano Moratorium  you tube link


Chicano Moratorium article link


The Brown Berets


October 19

“Deeply Felt, Widely Known/ Profundamente sentido, ampliamente reconocido”


* Small group presentation on Jose Guadalupe Posada and Day of the Dead

Reflection papers due on Margie Domingo and Judy Miranda

“Chicano Art for Our Millennium”

October 21

Exam 1


October 22

Showing of the movie, Zoot Suit,  at 7:30 p.m.; pre-showing talk by Daniel Valdez at 6:30 p.m. (Claver Recital Hall)


Link for fres tickets for Zoot Suitl Movie and Daniel Valdez lecture

Reservations can also be made at by following the link(s) on the right side of the page.

If  the link does not work please copy/paste this link into your browers

October 23

El Museo de la Americas and Su Teatro

Jerry de la Cruz exhibition and Dona Rosita’s Jalapeño Kitchen” play

Museo @ 3:30 PM and Su Teatro @ 7:30 PM PDF Jerry de la Cruz

Jerry de la Cruz's work can also be found in the text book Chicano Art for our Millennium on pages 145 and 146

October 26

Visiting artist and director Maruca Salazar Maruca Salazar PDF

October  28

Visiting Artist Tony Garcia

Reading for Su Teatro and Tony Garcia

November 2

Cultural Icons/Temas Culturales”

Heroes, Venceremos, Nuestros Simbolos “Beyond Conventional Themes/Sobrepasando lo convencional


Reflection papers due on Daniel Valdez/Zoot Suit movie, El Museo visit and Su Teatro visit

“Chicano Art for Our Millennium”

November 4

Visual Artist Sylvia Montero presentation


Sylvia Montero The Life of a Latina Artist PDF

November 9

Paul Burson will speak about Servicios de la Raza

Reflection papers due on Maruca Salazar, Tony Garcia and Sylvia Montero

November 11

Story Teller Jerry Lawson Geraldina Lawson PDF

November 11, 12, 13, 19 and 20

Community mural project at from 1-4 PM on Wednesday and Fridays; 3-5 PM on Thursdays. You will be required to attend one 1.5 hours session

Servicios de la Raza is located at 3131 W 14th Ave.


November 16

Visiting Performance Artist and Poet Adrian Molina

Bronze Future: Letters for 2045:


November 18

Studio, Collage project

Reflection papers due on Jerry Lawson and Adrian Molina

Main hall room 101

November 23

Studio, Collage project

Main hall room 101

November 30

Collage Presentation


December 2

Collage Presentation


December 11

FINAL EXAM 8:00 a.m.

Friday of Final’s week