Welcome to the second program in this year’s L.A. Omnibus series. Omnibus is about uncovering the stories of our city: it’s about shining a light on the often overlooked and unseen people who make this place, in all it’s complicated glory, so unique.
Picturing Mexican America is a project that looks back at the history of Mexican Los Angeles to help us understand our present, and undo the systematic erasure of Los Angeles’ rich Mexican past. The project was launched in fall of 2018 by UCLA Professor, Marissa López. Working with a research team at UCLA Library and Digital Humanities, and with Los Angeles Public Library, the project is developing a mobile app, walking and bicycle tours, and an accessible archive of images, stories and videos. Join Marissa López and Ani Boyadijian, Research & Special Collections Manager at the Los Angeles Public Library, for a conversation about rediscovering our history.
Marissa López is Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, researching Chicanx literature from the 19th century to the present with an emphasis on 19th century Mexican California. She has written two books: Chicano Nations (NYU 2011) is about nationalism and Chicanx literature from the early-1800s to post-9/11; Racial Immanence (NYU 2019) explores uses of the body and affect in Chicanx cultural production. She recently completed a year-long residency at the Los Angeles Public Library as a Scholars & Society fellow with the ACLS where she worked to collaboratively develop a mobile app, Picturing Mexican America, that uses geodata to display images of Mexican California relevant to a user’s location.
Ani Boyadijian is a native Angeleno, and has been a working librarian since 1990. Her background as a cataloger, reference librarian, and consultant includes work in public, academic and school libraries. She is currently Research & Special Collections Manager at the Los Angeles Public Library, where she oversees the Library’s Digitization efforts and Special Collections and Archives.
Funds provided by the Arthur E. Guedel Memorial Lectureship Fund and the Sally & William A. Rutter Endowment for the Performing Arts.