Culture Fix: Jason de León on Images of the Mexican Border
Talk / Lecture
2:00 to 3:00
Sun, June 7, 2020

Jason de León, Professor, UCLA Department of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies and Matthew Robb, Chief Curator of the Fowler Museum at UCLA discuss a series of images on view in The Map and the Territory.

These photographs of US-Mexico border crossings in the 1920s were often used to give context to news articles describing the movement of people and products north and south. They remind us of how rapidly the infrastructure of crossing the border has changed in the last ninety years.

Jason de Leon will relate these images to The Undocumented Migration Project, where he is Director of a long-term anthropological study of clandestine movement between Latin America and the United States that uses ethnography, archaeology, visual anthropology, and forensic science to understand this violent social process and raise awareness through research, education, and public outreach.


Related Exhibition: The Map and the Territory
In honor of UCLA’s Centennial, The Map and the Territory distills the vast holdings of the university’s diverse collections into a single exhibition. The objects and images on view illuminate connections between people and places, both real and imagined. The juxtaposition of rare books, works of art, musical instruments, meteorites, bird specimens, and more invites visitors to creatively rethink their relationship to the world around them. Organized by the Fowler together with the Hammer Museum, UCLA Library, and other campus partners.


Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 198 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd
$3/hr or max $13/day. Visitor drop-off address is 305 Royce Drive.