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Creative of the Month

Sep
09
2016

Ruben C. Cordova

Posted 2 years 310 days ago ago by Javier Flores (Arts)

The Department for Culture and Creative Development has selected Ruben C. Cordova as the Creative of the Month for September 2016.

Ruben C. Cordova, Ph.D., is an art historian, curator and photographer. 

As a renown Chicano scholar, Ruben has written or contributed to a dozen books and catalogs, including the Encyclopedia Latina. 

Ruben's writings include “Con Safo: The Chicano Art Group and the Politics of South Texas," which explores the historical significance of the activist art group. It was the first book written on a Chicano art group and received honorable mention at the 12th Annual International Latino Book Awards (2010). He has also written the catalog for the Joe Diaz Collection and served as a contributor for the Rolando Briseno book, "Moctezuma’s Table." Future written projects will focus on Mel Casas, Day of the Dead in Mexico and the U.S., and Frida Kahlo. 

Ruben has curated or co-curated more than 20 exhibitions featuring Latin American, Latino, and Chicano art. He has curated exhibitions of the works of Mel Casas, Jesse Trevino and Roberto Gonzalez. Next year, Ruben will curate an Angel Rodriguez Diaz Retrospective Exhibit at the Centro de Artes Gallery at Historic Market Square. 

He has also exhibited his own art photography nationally and internationally for more than 20 years. A main focus of his photography is Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which has been included in more than 40 exhibits. 
 
Ruben enjoys traveling and collecting art and film memorabilia. 

He holds a BA from Brown University and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He has taught courses at UC Berkeley, UT Pan American, UT San Antonio, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Houston.






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