How will we know it’s us without our past?

—John Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath   

2018 Exhibitions

In Plain Sight: Mexicano|Chicano Stories in San Diego

February 10 - May 20, 2018

The history of Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and Chicanos as contributors to San Diego’s cultural, political, and military history has often been unrecognized or overlooked. In Plain Sight: Mexicano|Chicano Stories in San Diego documents the roles of individuals and families in building community and contributing to civic life during the twentieth century. The exhibition explores five core stories: La Jolla’s Pottery Canyon, a San Diego Historic Landmark; Chicano Park, a National Historic Landmark; Dr. Ramon Ruiz, 1998 honoree of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Latina “telephone monitors” working for the U.S. Office of Censorship during World War II, and the Lemon Grove school desegregation case. Additional dimensions of the project include works by contemporary Latinx artists reflecting on the cultural and social issues raised by the narratives, and a student photography project conducted in collaboration with Outside the Lens. 

Curated by Natasha Bonilla Eckholm and Rebecca H. Morales Ph.D.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support provided by Eric and Marjorie Van Young, Ruth Covell, Nell Waltz, the Florence Riford Fund of the San Diego Foundation, and ArtWorks San Diego. Institutional support provided by the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts & Culture and by the Members of the La Jolla Historical Society.