About the Book
In her essay, Dorothea Lange: How Her Social Activism Gave a Voice to the Voiceless, Dialynna Riddle examines the socio-political motivations that drove the career of this evocative Great Depression-era photojournalist. Adrianna Mondragon, in her essay, Defining the Roles of Intimacy and Struggle with AIDS: Nan Goldin’s Photography, explores the ways that the Snapshot Aesthetic invoked by this artist brought her viewers closer to her subjects as a powerful means of provoking empathy. In The Black and Blues of Cinema, Izabella Apodaca exposes the prominence of domestic violence against women in the narrative structures of films, such as Amores Perros and Enough. While Ariadne Aguilos, in her essay All Jokers Aside: Harley Quinn Is To Be Taken Seriously, explores the deferences in female representation between the back-to-back DC comic book movie adaptations of Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey. And, finally, Anjika Morari, in Weather Report: Artists Tackling Climate Change highlights a developing subset of sci-art projects that raise awareness about, and even seek to directly combat, human-altered ecosystems.
Individually, these papers represent milestone achievements for these young scholars; together, however, they represent the very best of Cerritos College’s Visual and Cultural Studies program and we could not be more pleased to share them with a wider audience via this wonderful journal.
The Cerritos College Art Gallery presents rotating exhibitions highlighting the work of emerging and mid-career artists. A special emphasis is placed on works that confront challenging and pressing issues in contemporary art and culture. In support of exhibitions, the Cerritos College Art Gallery also regularly hosts workshops, lectures, and performances.