FORT COLLINS, CO, March 8, 2017 — The Department of Communication Studies is excited to announce this year’s Gravlee Lecturer, Dr. Chon Noriega, professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media at the University California Los Angeles. The lecture will be held in the Lory Student Center Theater, Wednesday March 8, at 7:00 p.m. with a reception to follow in Long’s Peak Room.
According to Noriega, his lecture, Destructivism and Hollywood’s First Archive, will consider how three things came together in the first part of the 20th century: cinema as the first mass art form defining our public culture, new ideas about the home as a private electronic space, and a new kind of art that moved away from traditional medium-based art forms like painting and sculpture.
“We’ve typically thought of the world in terms of the private (home) and the public (civic life),” Noriega said in an email interview. “We move back and forth between these spheres, but they have traditionally been thought of as separate. Starting in the 1920s, that changed.”
Dr. Noriega will consider how the arts, particularly media art, has brought attention to this shift and what it means for society today and our understanding of cinema.
“I think the one thing that people can learn from my lecture is that art is not always about creating. Destruction can play a transformative role in how we understand our daily lives, our society, and who we are as human beings,” said Dr. Noriega.
Dr. Noriega is the Director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. He oversees numerous research initiatives and resources, including the country’s most extensive Chicano library holdings. He is also an adjunct curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
He is the author of Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema and has published and edited on Chicano and Latino media and visual art. Dr. Noriega is active in media policy and professional development and was named one of Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business. His work has earned him several awards including the Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and the Rockefeller Foundation Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship.