Arts In Context Shorts: Curating Cosmic Vida

With “Cosmic Vida,” an exhibition at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, curator Raul Valdez gave visitors a glimpse into the cosmos.

“Cosmic Vida” is the first show Valdez curated in more than a decade. An artist himself, he curated the collection after he realized he could not produce enough work to fill up the space himself. The exhibition, which is no longer on display, juxtaposed dynamic and subdued pieces. With artworks of various mediums, colors, sizes and imagery, he explored the literal and symbolic meaning of the exhibit’s title.

Valdez hoped the audience was inspired to make their own interpretations on the universal experiences of La Raza, the human race.

“You can see the chicano in it, but you can also see the universal part,” Valdez said

Screening: On Two Fronts: Latinos in Vietnam

Join KLRU and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center for a special free screening of the documentary On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam Tuesday, Nov. 10. Filmmaker Mylène Moreno will be in attendance at this event in honor of Veterans Day.

The screening begins at 7 p.m. at the center. Doors open and light refreshments will be served at 6:30. The screening is free, but an RSVP is required – RSVP here.

The film examines the Latino experience during the Vietnam War, primarily through the eyes of siblings Everett and Delia Alvarez. Everett and Delia stood on two sides of the war: In Vietnam, Everett was a prisoner-of war, while Delia protested the war at home. In communities where there were few alternatives to service, war impacted every household – especially amongst Latinos. During Vietnam, Latinos began questioning the true cost of war and the appropriate price of citizenship.