[Libs-Or] Fwd: [cascade] Cascade Art Gallery opens - Oscar R. Castillo: Documenting Chicano Life and Activism

Max Macias max.macias at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 12:18:47 PDT 2015


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From: Cascade Gallery Director <cascade.gallery at pcc.edu>
Date: Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 10:06 AM
Subject: [cascade] Cascade Art Gallery opens - Oscar R. Castillo:
Documenting Chicano Life and Activism
To: cascade-group at pcc.edu, all-campus-group at pcc.edu

Good morning colleagues,

Please visit and spread the word about our latest exhibition in the Cascade
Art Gallery. *Oscar R. Castillo: Documenting Chicano Life and
Activism* features
twenty of Castillo’s documentary photographs with a focus on Chicano social
justice movements of the 1970s for worker and for student rights. The
Gallery reception will be held later in October in conjunction with the
annual Western History Association conference. See below for details.

Best regards,


*Oscar R. Castillo: Documenting Chicano Life and Activism*

​Image: Oscar R. Castillo. *José Angel Gutiérrez, Reies López Tijerina, and
Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzalez at the National Convention of the Raza Unida Party*,
photographed in 1972, inkjet print, 14 ½” x 20”. Image archived in the
Oscar R. Castillo Photograph Collection, Chicano Studies Research Center
(CSRC) Digital Collections of the UCLA Digital Library Program.

*Cascade Gallery, Cascade Campus, Portland Community College*

   - *Dates:* Thursday, October 1 - Friday, November 6, 2015
   - *Reception in the Gallery:* Thursday, October 22, 2015, 2 – 4 pm, Terrell
   Hall 102, PCC Cascade Campus; the reception welcomes the Western History
   Association conference attendees, and, as always, welcomes students and the
   - *Gallery Hours and Location:* 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday,
   Terrell Hall 102, PCC Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth, Portland, OR
   - *Gallery Website**:* http://www.pcc.edu/about/galleries/cascade

Cascade Gallery presents documentary photographs by Oscar R. Castillo
showing significant moments in the recent history of Chicano life, culture,
and political movements. The exhibition features twenty of Castillo’s
photographs with a focus on major Chicano social justice movements of the
1970s for worker and student rights. Photographs reflect historical moments
like the Chicano Moratorium March on Los Angeles in 1970; La Raza Unida
Party National Convention in El Paso, Texas in 1972; United Farm Workers
demonstrations; and Los Angeles student demonstrations for culturally
relevant curriculum in the public schools.

Oscar R. Castillo studied art at California State University, Northridge
(CSUN) and film production at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Castillo was particularly inspired by
ideas in the then new Chicano Studies program at CSUN, learning about César
Chávez and the struggles of farmworkers to organize. During the Chicano
Civil Rights Movement that continued in the 1970s, Castillo worked as a
staff photographer for *Con Safos*, a Chicano literary magazine, and in a
Los Angeles Public Broadcasting Station producing television coverage of
Chicano events and personalities of the times. Since the 1970s, Castillo
has worked as a commercial and documentary photographer and art instructor.
His work has been published in news publications such as the *Los Angeles
Times*, and he has exhibited his photographs in the United States, Mexico,
Cuba, and France, including a solo exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA
in 2012. Castillo’s work is in the collection of the Smithsonian
Institution, and his archive is housed at the Chicano Studies Research
Center (CSRC) at UCLA.

*Oscar Castillo’s extensive photographic work documenting the Chicano
community over the past forty years offers a distinctive visual challenge
to the stereotypical representation of East Los Angeles as violent or
exotic. . . . The result is one of the richest photographic collections
available of the Chicano civil rights movement.* – Dr. Chon A. Noriega,
Director, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA

Special thanks to Miguel Juárez, doctoral student in History at the
University of Texas at El Paso, for working with the Cascade Gallery to
coordinate the exhibition in conjunction with the 55th Annual Conference of
the Western History Association, October 21-24, 2015 (
http://www.westernhistoryassociation.wildapricot.org/event-697690). Thanks
also to PCC Cascade photography instructor Shawn Records and his
photography students for help in selecting these photographs from Oscar R.
Castillo’s body of work. Thanks to Sandy Sampson for collaborating on the
Gallery installation.

Elizabeth Bilyeu
Director, Cascade Gallery
Portland Community College
CA TH 102
705 N Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217
cascade.gallery at pcc.edu

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