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Maya Women and the Textile Tradition: Agency and Livelihood

The indigenous Maya people, who inhabit the area of Southern Mexico and northern Central America, have a distinguished, centuries-long tradition of creating vibrant textiles. Women produce most of these woven materials. The creative labor is a means of economic sustenance, of advocating for their human and civil rights often in opposition to patriarchal conventions, and of advancing their wellbeing as mothers, breadwinners, and artists.

USC alumna Marie Plakos ’70 is a photographer, sociologist, and educator with a longtime interest in documenting the work and lives of the women artists in the Mexican state of Chiapas. On view here is a selection of her photographs along with textiles and transcripts of her interviews with the artists. The transcripts create a small but essential space for the voices of Maya women to speak alongside their work. Additional items from the libraries’ collections trace some of the artistic heritage of the Maya people.

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Building DTLA: An Architectural Tour with Wayne Thom

Building DTLA: An Architectural Tour with Wayne Thom
An Experience L.A. Event

Depart USC at 10 a.m.; return at 2 p.m.

Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, August 23, at 9 a.m. See description for details.*

USC Students: RSVP

*This trip is for current USC students only. You must use the provided transportation to participate. Space is limited and advance registration is required. RSVP beginning Thursday, August 23, at 9 a.m. Check-in for the event will begin at 9:30 a.m. on campus. Buses will depart at 10 a.m. and return to campus at 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Wayne Thom’s photography throws a “generous spotlight . . . on a generation of buildings in Los Angeles”—Los Angeles Times

Join us for a guided bus and walking tour of six landmark buildings in downtown Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill area, led by preeminent architectural photographer Wayne Thom. Learn about how Thom worked with natural light to create iconic images of the concrete and mirrored-glass skyscrapers of downtown L.A., while taking your own photographs of sites such as the Bonaventure and ARCO Tower. Thom will be joined by Woodbury University professor and urbanist Emily Bills, who will shed light on the successive building booms of downtown L.A.’s complex social and architectural history.

Wayne Thom
is an internationally renowned architectural photographer. He was born in Shanghai and grew up in Hong Kong before moving to Vancouver and then Southern California. In his decades-long career, he has photographed more than 2,800 projects, most notably buildings in L.A. (Photography collection in the USC Digital Library, USC Libraries profile, USC News feature, Wired Magazine feature)

Emily Bills is an adjunct professor and coordinator of the Urban Studies Program at Woodbury University, as well as the California Coordinator for the Society of Architectural Historians’ Archipedia project.

Additional Links:
Bunker Hill | KCET feature: “Rediscovering Downtown L.A.’s Lost Neighborhood of Bunker Hill”, Wikipedia

Related Event:
Architectural Photography Workshop with Wayne Thom

Friday, October 5, 2018, at 1 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library 240
For more info, click here.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC Libraries.

Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required.
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