Between Word and Image: A Gloria Anzaldúa Thought Gallery
A self-described “Chicana, tejana, working-class, dyke-feminist poet, writer-theorist,” Gloria Anzaldúa also saw herself as a nepantlera, one who navigates a liminal space between worlds, identities, and ways of knowing. Just as fluid movement between English, Spanish, and Nahuatl was central to Anzaldúa’s teaching and writing, so too was the interplay between words and images an essential element of her self-expression. The exhibition presents transparency drawings, notes, and diagrams that Anzaldúa shared with her audiences at workshops and lecture “gigs” across the country. Some are undated, but many were created during one of the most active periods of her teaching career, in the mid-1990s. These vivid documents provide an intimate view into Anzaldúa’s creative process and demonstrate the centrality of imagination and visuality to the author’s theories of knowledge and consciousness.
Exhibition curators: Julianne Gilland (LLILAS Benson), Alana Varner (CMAS/MALS), Frank Rodriguez (LLILAS Benson)
Preparator and designer: Teresa Wingfield (LLILAS Benson)