The Willson Center welcomes Distinguished Lecturer Roberto Tejada, Professor of Creative Writing and Art History at the University of Houston. Co-hosted by the Lamar Dodd School of Art, College of Environment + Design, and Creative Writing Program, Tejada will present images and narratives that relate a transnational/translational poetics engaging the visual and language arts of 1960-1970s Pop as connected to media and urbanism in Mexico, Brazil, and the Chicano/a U.S. Southwest. This reading at Ciné will be free and open to the public.
Tejada is the author of art histories that include National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment (2009); a monograph on pioneering Chicana conceptual artist Celia Alvarez Muñoz (2009), and such catalog essays as “Los Angeles Snapshots” in Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980 (Hammer Museum, 2011); as well as poetry collections that include Full Foreground (2012), Exposition Park (2010), Mirrors for Gold (2006), and Todo en el ahora (2015). He founded and co-edited the journal Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, a multilingual annual of poetry and translation (1991-2014). His poetry and creative research develop the relationship between sight, display, public speech, and spectacle; he is at work on a trans-American project that examines specific art scenes of 1960s-1970s Los Angeles, 1980s-1990s Mexico City, and present-day São Paulo. He is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing and Art History at the University of Houston.