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Barraza, Santa  Search this
Cordova, Cary  Search this
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Recuerdos Orales: Interviews of the Latino Art Community in Texas  Search this
Bailey, Ben  Search this
Bustamante, Jorge  Search this
De Rivera, José Ruiz, 1904-1985  Search this
Delgado, Viola  Search this
Dodson, Nora Gonzales  Search this
Garza, Carmen Lomas  Search this
Juarez, Isabel  Search this
King-Hammond, Leslie, 1944-  Search this
Orozco, Sylvia, 1954-  Search this
Peña, Amado Maurilio, 1943-  Search this
Quirarte, Jacinto, 1931-2012  Search this
Reyna, Israel  Search this
Ringgold, Faith  Search this
Schmidt, Maurice  Search this
Starpattern, Rita  Search this
Tibol, Raquel  Search this
Trevino, Barbina Modesta  Search this
Vargas, Kathy  Search this
Wilson, Liliana, 1953-  Search this
76 Pages (Transcript)
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Archival materials
Sound recordings
2003 November 21-22
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Santa Barraza conducted 2003 November 21-22, by Cary Cordova, for the Archives of American Art, in Kingsville, Texas.
Barraza speaks of her childhood, family and early education; picking cotton in the summer; the University of Texas, Kingsville; meeting Carmen Lomas Garza and learning graphic design; her daughter Andrea; involvement with Mayo, a Mexican-American Youth Organization; Austin, Tex. and the differences between UT Kingsville and UT Austin; and Acuña Rodolfo's book, "Occupied America: the Chicano's Struggle Toward Liberation," 1972. Barraza also discusses Jacinto Quirarte and the first formal art history class on Mexican-American art; the formation of MAS, Mujeres Artistas del Suroeste; the Conferencia del Plástica Chicana, held September 13-16, 1979 in Austin, Texas; Con Safo; use of the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe in her artwork; stories of witchcraft; La Llorona; MACLA, the Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, founded in 1989 in San Jose, California; teaching at Pennsylvania State University; her studio space in Kingsville, Texas; the distinction between Chicana and Latina; the visual artists Faith Ringgold and Leslie King Hammond whom Barraza admires; her travels to Oaxaca and other places; her book, "Santa Barraza, Artist of the Borderlands," 2001. Barraza also recalls Ben Bailey, Maurice Schmidt, José Rivera, Amado Peña, Israel Reyna, Sylvia Orozco, Barbina Modesta Treviño, Nora González Dodson, Rita Starpattern, Raquel Tibol, Jorge Bustamante, Liliana Wilson, Isabel Juárez, Viola Delgado, Kathy Vargas, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Santa Barraza (1951-) is an artist from Kingsville, Texas. Cary Cordova (1970-) is an art historian from Austin, Texas.
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 13 min.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Painters -- Texas  Search this
Chicano artists  Search this
Chicano art movement  Search this
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Mexican American art  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Sound recordings
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Archives of American Art