THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: GRONK ON CRITICAL CHICANO ART, MICHAEL SEDANO ON THE DEVIL AND LUIS VALDEZ, JOSÉ UMPIERRE ON PUERTO RICO’S LATEST AUSTERITY CUTS, EDUARDO DÍAZ ON OUR INSTITUTIONS AS SANCTUARIES.
This week Latinopia features a rare video interview with renowned Chicano artist and performance artist Gronk. Reflecting on Chicano imagery and iconography, he muses about the use of stereotypical images in this critical look at Chicano art. Also this week, Michael Sedano weighs in with a thoughtful and thorough review of the revival of Luis Valdez’s play Zoot Suit–whether you’ve seen the play or not, this review is not to be missed. José Umpierre, AKA El Zocotroco, returns with his monthly blog from Puerto Rico, Burundanga Boricua. This time he reports on the latest shenanigans by the so-called Junta that is imposing strict austerity measures that threaten the very stability of the island nation. And watch for Eduardo Díaz’s look at how our public institutions, such as the Smithsonian Institute, have a role to play in the current debate on sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!