Cornell University

On José Montoya with Ella Maria Diaz

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Virtual Event

Artist, poet, and musician José Montoya (1932–2013) was a leading figure of the Chicano movement, producing iconic works in many genera, cofounding the art collective Royal Chicano Air Force, and helping to organize for the United Farm Workers, while also teaching at California State University, Sacramento and establishing the Barrio Art Program there.

In a live, virtual Chats in the Stacks book talk, Ella Maria Diaz, associate professor of Latina/o Studies and the Department of Literatures in English, will discuss her recently published book on the life and work of this prominent artist, educator, and activist: José Montoya (Volume 12 of the A Ver Series, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, 2020). Utilizing oral histories, archival, and digital humanities research, Diaz examines Montoya’s long and diverse career while proposing a new model for the study of Latina/o/x artists who transcend boundaries between art, education, and activism. José Montoya is also a visual delight, richly illustrated with reproductions of Montoya’s art from his collections at the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives at UC Santa Barbara and other institutional collections.

A live Q&A will follow the talk. The audience is encouraged to write their questions into the Chat field for inclusion during this session.



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Author Appearance, Special Event, Webinar, Presentation


Latino Studies Program, English, American Studies Program, Cornell University Library, Olin Library, C&I (Centers & Institutes)

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library, Latino Studies, book talk, olin library, cascal, LSPCAL, engdep, amstcal


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Eveline Ferretti


Ella Maria Diaz

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Latina/o Studies and the Department of Literatures in English

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