January 18 on FM: Teatro Chicana | Esther McCoy & Modernism

Hosted by Celina Alvarez & Christene Kings

This week on Feminist Magazine……What happened at San Diego State University in the ‘70s when several Chicana activists and artists came together to have their voices heard? We talk to Felicitas Nunez, Sandra Gutierrez, and Laura Garcia about the awakening of social awareness and political activism in Mexican-American communities. They share their story and how “Teatro Chicana” – a political theatre group whose plays addressed social, gender and political issues of the working class and Chicano movement – came about.

Also on the show, Kimberli Myer and Susan Morgan, co-curators of the MAK Center’s Esther McCoy show: “Sympathetic Seeing” – the exhibition about pioneering female architectural historian Esther McCoy, Modernism and Rudolf Schindler.  Author and architectural historian Esther McCoy brought the modern architecture of California to the attention of the world. Including her activist journalism focusing on fair labor practices and Los Angeles slum clearances in the 1930s; her work with Schindler first as a drafts-person and later a critic and historian of his work; the ‘Arts & Architecture’ magazine years and the rise of innovative domestic architecture; her campaign to save Irving Gill’s 1916 Dodge House; and her always incisive stories that delivered an irresistibly compelling, first-hand view of American modernism.

All this and more Wednesday at 7PM. This is what feminism sounds like!

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(left: Felicitas Nunez; center: Teatro Chicana; right:  Esther McCoy

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