Guide to the Yolanda M. Lopez Papers CEMA 11

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UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
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Title: Yolanda M. Lopez papers
Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 11
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 8.5 linear feet (19 boxes: 18 document boxes, 1 oversize portfolio box and posters)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1961-1998
Date (inclusive): 1961-2007
General Physical Description note: 1.5 linear feet (3 hollinger boxes, 1 oversize portfolio box, 1 flat file portfolio box of silkscreen prints)
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
creator: Lopez, Yolanda M., 1942-


Yolanda Lopez was born in San Diego, California in 1942. As the eldest daughter of three, she was raised by her mother and her mother's parents in the Logan Heights neighborhood.
After graduating high school, Lopez moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and in 1968 became part of the San Francisco State University Third World Strike. She also worked as a community artist in the Mission District with a group called Los Siete de la Raza. Since that point she has viewed her work as an artist as a tool for political and social change and sees herself as an artistic provocateur.
In 1975 Lopez received her B.A. in Painting and Drawing from San Diego State University and in 1979 went on to get her Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego. As a visual artist, she is best known for her groundbreaking Virgin of Guadalupe series, an investigation of the Virgin of Guadalupe as an influential female icon. Classically trained as an artisan, her work has expanded into installation, video and slide presentations. Her video, Images of Mexicans in the Media, has toured internationally and is collected in university libraries nationally. Her media series, Cactus Hearts/Barbed Wire Dreams, has comprised numerous installations, including Things I Never Told My Son About Being a Mexican, an installation that explores identity, assimilation, and cultural change. The series was part of the major traveling exhibition "La Frontera/The Border: Art About the Mexico/United States Border Experience." A recent project, Woman's Work Is Never Done, includes a series of prints, as well as the installation The Nanny, which explores the invisibility of immigrant women as domestic workers. The installation was showcased in the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art's exhibition "Mirror, Mirror...Gender Roles and the Historical Significance of Beauty."
As a scholar as well as an artist, Lopez has taught studio classes and has lectured on contemporary Chicano art at the University of California at Berkeley and San Diego. Lopez has produced a video, "When You Think of Mexico," on the topic of cultural stereotypes in print and electronic media, and has presented the video and accompanying lecture throughout the West. "It is important for us to be visually literate; it is a survival skill," Lopez states strongly. "The media is what passes for culture in contemporary U.S. society, and it is extremely powerful. It is crucial that we systematically explore the cultural mis-definition of Mexicans and Latin Americans that is presented in the media."


Selected correspondence files which are sensitive in nature will remain confidential until 2027.

Publication Rights

Copyright resides with donor


Donated by Yolanda Lopez, December 12, 1996

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Yolanda M. Lopez Papers, CEMA 11, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Scope and Content

The contents of the Yolanda M. Lopez Papers are comprised of both personal and professional materials generated by the artist during the period 1961-1998. The bulk of the collection consists of incoming personal correspondence from family members and fellow artists. This includes a large body of correspondence from Analee Lively, Lopez's half-sister, and another large amount from Rene Yañez, with whom Lopez has maintained a relationship since the late 1970s. The second largest component of the collection, the Biographical/Professional Activities series, contains a history of Lopez's professional development through clippings of media mentions, announcement cards and posters for her exhibits and lectures, and various miscellaneous files and clippings that relate to her work. The collection also includes several original silkscreens and offset posters, a number of slides, a personal diary with irregular entries spanning from 1976-1979, and two video cassettes featuring Lopez. The greatest strengths of the collection are the insight it gives into Lopez's personal and family life (especially in the late 1960s and 1970s), and the record it provides of her professional development and achievements.

Series Description

Series I: Correspondence - Incoming 1961-1995 This series is arranged alphabetically according to correspondent, then chronologically, and is divided into personal and professional correspondence. A large portion of the personal correspondence is from Lopez's half- sister, Analee Lively, who wrote regularly from 1962-1995. A similarly large amount of correspondence (spanning from 1978-1994) is from Rene Yañez, a Chicano artist with whom Lopez has maintained a close relationship. The latter is of a personal nature and, to ensure the privacy of the persons involved, has been designated confidential for the time being at the request of the donor. These files will be unrestricted in the year 2027. Other correspondents of note include:
  • Nesbit Crutchfield, who wrote to Lopez during his two years of incarceration in 1968-70;
  • Countes [sic] Cuchita, who claimed to be Lopez's sister, and Mortimer Lopez, Lopez's father;
  • David Avalos, a Chicano artist with whom Lopez had a close relationship for several years;
  • and Graciela Carrillo, a fellow artist and personal friend who, along with Lopez, was one of the Mujeres Muralistas.
Series II: Biographical/Professional Activities This series is arranged chronologically and contains primarily literature related to Lopez's participation in exhibitions and other professional activities. This includes flyers and announcements for exhibitions and conferences, as well as articles from magazines and newspapers regarding Lopez's work and Chicana art in general. Lopez's personal biography and an Artist Statement dated 1998 can be found in box 4, folder 1. Note also that there are very informative newspaper/magazine interviews and clippings relating to Lopez's professional activities in the Oversize series (series V)
Series III: Photography-Slides The slides contained within this series are a sampling of some of Lopez's better-known works. Subjects represented include:
  • The Virgin of Guadalupe series
  • A Woman's Work Is Never Done series
  • Cactus Hearts/Barbed Wire Dreams series
The Miscellaneous slides include selections from the Things I Never Told My Son About Being a Mexican series, the Three Generations Tres Mujeres series, and slides of individual works such as Who's the Illegal Alien, Pilgrim?, La Mano Mas Poderosa (The Most Powerful Hand), Mexican Chair, Rio's World, and others.
Series IV: Video and Audio This series contains three videotapes and audio files from Yolandas. There is a tape contains an interview with Lopez focused on the making of the Guadalupe series; and a tape, entitled "Women of the Vanguard," contains original footage of a protest at the Galeria de La Raza in which Lopez took part. When she was a visiting artist at CEMA her she gave a presentation in 2007 which was recorded. There is also a powerpoint and audio files of the same event. Cristina Serna interviewed her at the same visit and these audio files are part of the collection.
Series V: Oversize This series contains miscellaneous oversized items arranged chronologically, including a photograph of Lopez, newspapers, programs and fliers related to her professional activities, and several pieces of oversize correspondence from David Avalos and Analee Lively. Of particular interest is the Winter/Spring, 1995 issue of Venceremos which features an excellent interview with Lopez discussing much of her most well-known work (box 5, folder 1). Items are arranged chronologically.
Series VI: Graphic Arts This series contains 15 silkscreen and offset posters by Lopez, as well as four iris prints of Lopez's work. Included in the posters are several of her well-known works, including Who's the Illegal Alien, Pilgrim?, A Woman's Work Is Never Done, Things I Never Told My Son About Being a Mexican, and others. The prints are arranged according to record number.

Related Collections

  1. The video, "When You Think of Mexico: Commercial Images of Mexicans," written and produced by Yolanda Lopez (1986; running time 28 minutes; color; in stereo), is part of the media collections in the Curriculum
  2. Laboratory of the Davidson Library. It has the following call number: P94.5 M45 L6, 1986.
  3. In addition, two video collections within CEMA contain video materials pertaining to Lopez.
  4. In the Artistas Chicanas Symposium Collection, tape one (call number: 6538.M4 A76 1991a) features Lopez talking about the Virgin of Guadalupe series and other well known works.
  5. The Califas Collection (call number: E184.M5 C2995 1986) also contains extensive video footage pertaining to Chicano art in California.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

American literature -- Hispanic American authors
Art, American -- California -- 20th century
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles
Mexican American art -- 20th century
Mexican American artists
Mexican American artists -- California
Mexican American neighborhoods -- Fiction
Mexican American women
Mexican American women authors
Mexican Americans -- California -- East Los Angeles
Mexican Americans -- Civil rights
Mexican Americans in literature


Series I: Correspondence - Incoming 1961-1995


Personal Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 1

Avalos, David, 1971-1979

Box 1, Folder 2

Avalos, Peggy, 1972-1978

Box 1, Folder 3

Carillo, Graciela, 1977-1978

Box 1, Folder 4

Crutchfield, Nesbit, 1968-1970


Cuchita, Countes [sic]

Box 1, Folder 5


Box 1, Folder 6



Lively, Analee

Box 1, Folder 7


Box 1, Folder 8


Box 1, Folder 9


Box 1, Folder 10


Box 1, Folder 11


Box 1, Folder 12




Box 2, Folder 1-3


Box 2, Folder 4


Box 2, Folder 5




Box 3, Folder 1


Box 3, Folder 2


Box 3, Folder 3


Box 3, Folder 4



Professional Correspondence

Box 3, Folder 5


Box 3, Folder 6



Series II: Biographical/Professional Activities 1978-1998



Box 3, Folder 7

Personal diary 1976-1979


Chronological Files

Box 3, Folder 8


Box 3, Folder 9


Box 3, Folder 10


Box 3, Folder 11


Box 3, Folder 12


Box 3, Folder 13


Box 4, Folder 1-2


Box 4, Folder 3


Box 4, Folder 4




Box 4, Folder 5

"First Front: Vanguard of the Chicano Movement in Northern California," Galeria de la Raza Exhibit, 1994

Box 4, Folder 6

"Ten Women, Ten Prints," Exhibition, 1995

Box 4, Folder 7

"The Latina Artist" Exhibition, 1998

Disk stored on server

Lopez_Yolanda From CDs




Originally labeled, 40 images March 13, 2007 Guadalupe on the Road to Aztlan



Originally labeled, #1 contextualized Bio, #2 Guadalupe, #3 Chicana Artists, 3 talks (Slide images) 12/2005, artist: Yolanda M. Lopez



Originally labeled, Cary Cordova, Tableux Vivant originals



Originally labeled, Talk Given w/all slides. No Nuestra Madre, Guadalupe on the Road to Aztlan, November 2006, Yolanda M Lopez/artist,



Originally labeled, 3 original scans Nuestra Madre



Originally labeled, 1. portraight of the artist as the virgin Guadalupe oil pastel on paper (7978), Victoria F. Franco: Our lady of Guadalupe, Margaret F. Franco: Our lady of Guadalupe, Tableaux Vivant (1978)



Originally labeled, Blow-Up/Guadalupe Raza tif & sc1.psd, very good dense repro, Guadalupe running



Originally labeled, Tableaux Vivant 12 b/w images 1978, Yolanda M. Lopez, Photo Credit: Susan R. Mogul



Originally labeled, When You Think Of Mexico, Text, Images, (2005), note: RACIST JOKE-TV "JOSE JIMENEZ".jpeg could not be recovered do to naming problem (quotes don’t work),



Originally labeled, DVD powerpoint, Guadalupe on the road to Aztlan, 2007, Yolanda M. Lopez.



Originally labeled, Guadalupe on the road to Aztlan November 2006, Master, Yolanda M. Lopez, Visual Artist e:



Originally labeled, When You Think of Mexico: Commercial Images of Mexicans in the Media, source U-matic, Lopez/heyward TRT 0:28:14, video transfer contrast poor
Disk library website and server

Powerpoint presentation from June 2007 June 2007

General note is the location of the Powerpoint from Yolanda Lopez's artist in residence visit to CEMA in June 2007. It includes the Powerpoint and the audio file from the talk.

Series III: Photography - Slides

Box 4, Folder 8

"La Virgen de Guadalupe" series

Box 4, Folder 9

"A Woman's Work is Never Done" series

Box 4, Folder 10

"Cactus Hearts/Barbed Wire Dreams" series

Box 4, Folder 10

"A Woman's Work Is Never Done," "Virgin at the Crossroads," "Your Vote Has Power," and "Madre Mestiza"

Box Box 5

Susan Mogul Photo artwork

Box 4, Folder 11



Series IV: Video and Audio

Item V0019/VHS

"An Interview with Yolanda M. Lopez and the Making of the Guadalupe Series" ("unedited") V0019/VHS 1988

Reel V0020/8MM

"Women of the Vanguard" Protest at the Galería de la Raza, V0020/8MM 8/20/94

Disk V2364/DVD

Isla Vista Theater Recording V2364/DVD June 5, 2007

Disk A13475/CD

Isla Vista Theater Recording (Audio Only) A13475/CD June 5, 2007

Disk A13474/CD

Yolanda Lopez Interview A13474(A-F)/CD June 2007


Series V: Oversize


Biographical/Professional Activities

Box 5, Folder 1


Box 5, Folder 2


Box 5, Folder 3

Photo of Yolanda Lopez by Joe Ramos, " x 11 1/2", n.d. 9 1/2


Correspondence - Incoming

Box 5, Folder 4

Avalos, David, ; Lively, Analee, n.d. n.d.


Series VI: Graphic Arts


Silkscreen and Offset Prints

Location note: Del Norte drawers

Art and Action: A Spring of Change, Announcement Poster for 5 1984

General Physical Description note: silkscreen; image size: 16.25 in. x 10.75 in; paper size: 16.25 x 10.75 unknown ed.; unsigned


Announcement Poster for "Art & Action: A Spring of Change." Against a green background lies a yellow shirt with saguaro-cactus-and-man-in-sombrero design. A white apron atop shirt serves as background for text. Words over apron read, "Art & Action A Spring for Change" in bold red. Further text reads "April 21, 1984 Saturday noon to midnight. Veteran's Memorial Bldg. 846 Front St. Santa Cruz, CA. Music--Bands 9:00- 12:00 midnight. 'The Looters' 'Tao Chemical' donation requested. Poetry--8:00 p.m. Choreopoem performance. Dialogue--Panel discussion: Art & Political Action. Video-- Art--Performance. For more info (408) 476-8328. Poster: 'Things I never told my son about being a Mexican.' by Yolanda M. Lopez, When You Think of Mexico Series."

Arte Picante--Contemporary Chicano Arts, Announcement Poster for 6 1975

General Physical Description note: offset; image size: 23.38 in x 18 in; paper size: 25 in x 19 in. unknown ed.; signed


Announcement Poster for "Arte Picante--Contemporary Chicano Arts." Text above center picture reads, "Arte Picante." Below is a black and white portrait of two women standing together. An older Latina woman, very thin, with glasses, is in the forefront. Another, larger Latina woman with a broader face has her arm around her. Below picture, text in black reads "January 11-February 6, 1976. Chicano Films, Poetry, Drama, Music, Art. Gallery hours: Sunday through Friday 12-5 p.m. For more information: 452-2860. Mandeville Center for the Arts. University of California, San Diego."

Chicano Studies Center of the Claremont Colleges- -25th Anniversary 1994-5, Announcement Poster for 11 1995

General Physical Description note: offset; image size: 16 in. x 10 in.; paper size: 17 in. x 11 in. unknown ed.; unsigned


Announcement Poster for "Chicano Studies Center of the Claremont Colleges- -25th Anniversary 1994-5." There is a tan Aztec calendar in upper right center. Black text at top reads, "Chicano Studies Center for the Claremont Colleges 25th Anniversary 1994- 5." Following under, in a sierra-colored box, is a list of Chicano/a Studies Events-1995 from February 8 through April 22. On the bottom, text in black reads: "Celebrating 25 years of scholarship, teaching and student services." The background of poster in tan; image and text contained within a black border.

El and de los Siete 3 undated

General Physical Description note: silkscreen; image size: 21.50 in x 16.50 in; paper size: 22.50 in x 17.50 in. unknown ed.; unsigned


There are blue abstract forms in the center. Two vaguely resemble a teapot. Large neon orange text reads: "El" and "de" at the top of the page/ and "los siete" at bottom of page, in capital block letters. Mauve/dark red text encloses picture in a square. This text lists the date, time, location, and what will take place at a community event: "May 2--12 noon to 7 p.m.--22nd and Folsom--Primer and Los Siete--Pintas para los ninos--Gratis-- Rock Band 'Gold'--Latin Bands-- Speakers from los Siete and community."

Flor y Canto - Benefit for Yolanda Lopez, Announcement Poster for 8 1996

General Physical Description note: silkscreen; image size: 21.62 in. x 13.50 in.; paper size: 22.50 in. x 14.50 in. unknown ed.; unsigned


Announcement Poster for "Flor y Canto - Benefit for Yolanda Lopez." The title text reads "Flor y Canto - Benefit for Yolanda Lopez." In capital hand-written red letters at the top of the poster reads "Saturday June 8, 1996, 8 p.m. Mission Cultural Center Gallery." In the center is a picture of a young Latina woman taking off a dramatic mask. She is wearing a shirt with house prints on it. Behind her mesh together a red background of floral screen and of nuclear warheads prints. A border surrounds the picture, containing guns and roses. Underneath the picture, text lists poets and music, ticket prices, where tickets can be purchased, and location of events. The event has been sponsored by, "Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeno Band, Galeria de la Raza, Studio 24, Juana Alicia, Alliance Graphics, (and) Mission Cultural Center."

In Progress, Announcement Poster for 14 1982

General Physical Description note: offset; image size: 20.86 in. x 12 in.; paper size: 20.86 in. x 12 in. unknown ed.; unsigned


Announcement Poster for "In Progress." The title in red text at top reads, "In Progress," across a backdrop of a red grid. Underneath the title text, black print reads, "19 artists creating murals in an open studio on the walls of Galeria de la Raza [GDLR address, dates, hours, encouragement of public to come follows.]" A column of text on the right side lists the artists. More text announces a joint reception for another show in progress and for Michael Rios' newly completed minipark mural. Interspersed in grid are b/w photos of artists. At bottom is a group b/w photo of artists.
Item 10

Issues in Chicana Scholarship 2 1993

General Physical Description note: offset; image size: 23 in. x 17.38 in. ; paper size: 24 in. x 18 in. unknown ed.; unsigned


The text on top reads, "Culture and Society in Dialogue: Issues in Chicana Scholarship, May 14, 1993." The text continues, to list the location (at UC Irvine) of the conference. The center portrait is titled, "Portrait of the Artist as the Virgen de Guadalupe." There is a picture of young Chicana woman in a pink dress with white lining and white running shoes, running, holding a snake in her left hand. A cape, blue with yellow dots (stars?) is thrown over her right shoulder and spreads out behind her. The sun is also behind her; her body covering the sun and the rays of light surrounding her form. The rays of sunlight lie within a red form. The woman is running on clouds. Underneath her left foot, the one which is on the ground, lies a Chicano baby with red, white , and blue wings, dressed in a red coat. The text beneath this picture lists sessions and speakers for events in Literary Expressions, Social Science Issues, and Artistic Impressions. The sponsors for the event and the number to call for information are also listed.

La Mano Mas Poderosa/The Most Powerful Hand, Announcement Poster for 15 1997

General Physical Description note: silkscreen; image size: 21.13 in. x 16.75 in.; paper size: 26.50 in. x 21.52 in.; signed


Announcement Poster for "La Mano Mas Poderosa/The Most Powerful Hand." The title text reads, "La Mano" (in red horror-movie script) with the words "Mas Poderosa" in a b/w box in the top left corner on a cloud. The text is above a large flesh-colored hand printed with map of southwest United States and Mexico. One person stands atop clouds above each digit. A child and a man, also on part of the cloud, stand above the thumb. The hand rises from a flaming spot in the center of the black-colored continent of North America. Houses lie to the northwest; a clock tower and office lie to the northeast. To the side of the hand lies a black and white box that reads, "Chicana y Chicano Scholarship: Un Compromiso con nuestras comunidades." At the bottom, in a red box, reads white text: "XXIV Annual Conference National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Radisson Hotel Sacramento, California April 16-19, 1997." Underneath this text reads the trademark and "86 Alliance Graphics" and also "Poster: (c) Yolanda M. Lopez 1997." Underneath this text in pencil script is Yolanda Lopez's signature, date, and title, "The Most Powerful Hand." The color of the background ranges from yellow at top to orange to red at bottom. The globe is blue with black continents.

Mission Street Manifesto 13 1983

General Physical Description note: offset; image size: 20.38 in. x 12.75 in.; paper size: 21 in. x 12.75 in.; unknown ed.; unsigned


A bar across top with an illustration of eyes and forehead of a young Latina woman next to lips and chin of young Latino man. The image is in color against black, in a slightly pointilistic style. Underneath the image reads a poem in lower case print. The title of the poem is "Mission Street Manifesto [all caps, next line in lower case letters] for all varrios" and begins "Blow out the jiving smoke the plastik mix the huddling straw for the dying mind." On the bottom of the poem, underneath a black line, reads "From Desires of Exile by Juan Felipe Herrera (c)1983 Lab Press Publications Design by Cecilia Brunazzi, from a photo by Yolanda M. Lopez."
Item 7

U.S. Latino Art on film--Festival Cinearte, Announcement Poster for 9 1985

General Physical Description note: poster; image size: 13.38 in. x 8 in.; paper size: 14 in. x 8.50 in. unknown ed.; unsigned


Announcement Poster for "U.S. Latino Art on film--Festival Cinearte." There is an image of a tube of paint with black and white movie film flowing out of opening. The label on paint tube reads, "Peliculas." The text on tube reads, "color y b/w." Continuing text lists Friday and Saturday programs of U.S. Latina Art on Film. The background is tan; the text is black.
Item 12

Who's the Illegal Alien, Pilgrim? 1 1994

General Physical Description note: offset; image size: 21.63 in. x 15 .13 in.; paper size: 22.50 in. x 16.50 in. unknown ed.; unsigned


Within border of several lines a Native American male with angry expression points finger of left hand at viewer. He is wearing an Aztec headdress with black and white designs and metal wrist sheaths. In his right hand are clutched several ragged-looking papers entitled "Immigration Plans." The title text lies over a blanked-out area on man's chest and torso. The word "pilgrim" is encased in a lined block.

Who's the Illegal Alien, Pilgrim? (calendar) 12 1989

General Physical Description note: Poster; image size: 16.38 in. x 10 in.; paper size: 17 in. x 11 in. unknown ed.; unsigned


In the top center is an image of young angry Native American in Aztec headdress and metal wrist sheaths, clutching ragged papers entitled, "Immigration Plans." Text in black reads "Who's the illegal alien, PILGRIM?" over his chest. Under the image of the man reads the following text in black: "America Pertenece Al Pueblo Indigena Indio/Mexicano somos un pueblo sin fronteras lucha liberacion y reunificacion de nuestras tierras" all in caps. Underneath this text is a month-by-month calendar of 1989. There is one Aztec deity on each side of the calendar centerpiece. Underneath the calendar in the left corner reads, "Centro Aztlan / 2803 B St. / San Diego, CALIFAZTLAN." In the right corner is address, "Union del Barrio / P.O. Box 8095 / San Diego, CA 92102 / (619) 233- 7279." Underneath the left corner the address reads, "A Project of Union del Barrio." In the bottom center is a bust of a man wearing a feathered piece of headwear. The print is black on grey.

Woman's Work Is Never Done 7 1996

General Physical Description note: photo silkscreen; image size: 20 in. x 16 in.; paper size: 25 in. x 24.75 in.; signed


This is a silkscreen color print of two young women standing together. There is an orange print background of women in an older time period (1920s?) protesting for women's suffrage as a backdrop. The caucasion woman on the left is Amy Biehl; the black woman on the right is her South African friend, possibly Melanie Jacobs. On the white woman, a small blue bar of text above the pocket of her denim jacket reads, "Your vote has Power." The text surrounding the women on the sides of the picture read: left, "From: South Africa to North America" right: "Amy Biehl --Melanie Jacobs ; bottom, "Woman's Work is Never Done." The artist has signed her name in pencil at the bottom.

Yolanda M. Lopez Works: 1975-1978, Exhibition and; Artist's Reception, Announcement Poster for 4 1975-1978; 1978

General Physical Description note: offset; image size: 16 in. x 9.50 in.; paper size: 17 in. x 11 in. unknown ed.; unsigned


Announcement Poster for "Yolanda M. Lopez Works: 1975-1978, Exhibition & Artist's Reception." There is a black and white print titled "Guadalupe: Victoria F. Franco" of an older Latina woman sitting on a raised print throw in the center. She is holding a knife in her left hand and a snakeskin in her right hand. Behind her hovers a small Chicano angel, his head encircled by a half-wreath. Behind both figures the rays of the sun spread out. The sun is hidden behind the older woman. The text underneath the print lists the date, location, and co-sponsors of the exhibition (at UCSD). Text in black reads "7-9 p.m. Fri., Dec. 8, '78, Mandeville Ctr., East Rm., UCSD, La Jolla, Ca. Co-sponsored by University of California and El Centro Cultural de la Raza."

Your Vote Has Power 10 1997

General Physical Description note: silkscreen; image size: 22.50 in. x 20 in.; paper size: 25 in. x 22.20 in.; signed


The center image is a young woman (possibly South American) with a baby on her back. The woman's hair is in a braid and wraps partially around her neck. These human forms are colored red. The young woman stuffs paper into a ballot box. She is wearing a black hat with unintelligible logo and dark sweater and a white backsack to carry the baby. The form of the woman carrying the baby is surrounded by yellow. At the top, white text in black box reads, "Your Vote has Power," with a white "X" enclosed in box image. On the bottom, white text in red box reads, "Woman's Work is Never Done," next to a black "X" in white box. In lower right of poster in white reads "Yolanda 1997."
Box 5

Arte y Politica Calendario de La Raza 2000 2000


Series VII: Supplemental 2007



Box 6, Folder 1-2

Illegal Alien Literature: Articles, newspapers and commentary on the Yolanda M. Lopez piece Who’s the illegal alien PILGRIM? 1992-2001

Box 6, Folder 3

American Indian Movement, slides 1983

Box 6, Folder 4

El Museo del Barrio Voices from our Communities: Highlights from el Museo del Barrio’s Permanent Collection slides 2001

Box 6, Folder 5

Border Arts Workshop slides and notes from Yolanda M. Lopez 1989

Box 6, Folder 6-7

Northland poster 1984-1990

Box 6, Folder 8

Captive Minds Series and notes from Yolanda M. Lopez 1984

Box 6, Folder 9

Galeria de La Raza Dia de los Muertos slides 1983-1991

Box 6, Folder 10

24th Street Fair slides 1979-1982

Box 6, Folder 11

Galeria de la Raza: Carnaval, Dia de los Muertos, slides 1982

Box 6, Folder 12

Peg and Tony (Avalos) Wedding and Easter day slides including members of the Avalos and Santos family 1975

Box 6, Folder 13

Yolanda Lopez, photographs of her, her family grandmother, and mother San Diego Ca. circa 1970’s

Box 7, Folder 1

UC Santa Barbara 1997

Box 7, Folder 2

La Raza info Legion of Honor December 2003 resume 1995-1996

Box 7, Folder 3

Mission Voices

Box 7, Folder 4

Eureka Award

Box 7, Folder 5

Mel Adamson Exhibit The Hand that Feeds November-December 2004

Box 7, Folder 6

Resume 1996

Box 7, Folder 7

SPARC 1991

Box 7, Folder 8

Albuquerque New Mexico Tey Diana Rebolledo

Box 7, Folder 9

BACA Robin Henderson January 1994

Box 7, Folder 10

Mission Cultural Center

Box 7, Folder 11

San Marcos Spring 1998 Spring 1998

Box 7, Folder 12

SF MOMA 1995

Box 7, Folder 13

Proposal for postcard, poster

Box 7, Folder 14

Juliana Martinez, Lupe Paper: Norma Alarcon May 1997

Box 7, Folder 15

New York Museum 1991

Box 7, Folder 16

CCAF August 1998

Box 7, Folder 17

Rio/CSSSA Summer 1997 Borders Bamos and Beaners: Attacking the Myths

Box 8, Folder 1

Yolanda Lopez Biographical Materials 1988-1997

Box 8, Folder 2

Yolanda Lopez Life and Work, Friends and Family, articles, correspondence, exhibition lists and publicity and photographs 1975-2005

Box 8, Folder 3

Yolanda Lopez Biographical, Essay by Laura E Pérez 200

Box 8, Folder 4

Yolanda Lopez Life and Work Mujeres Muralistas de San Diego 1977

Box 8, Folder 5

Yolanda Lopez Life and Work, When You Think of Mexico Video Project 1986-1987

Box 8, Folder 6

Yolanda Lopez Life and Work, Correspondence and publicity When You Think of Mexico Video Project 1987-1991 1987-1991

Box 8, Folder 7

Yolanda Lopez Life and Work, Cactus Hearts/Barbed Wire Dreams, articles and correspondence 1989

Box 8, Folder 8

Yolanda Lopez Life and Work articles by Shifra Goldman, newsletters, correspondence, exhibition publicity 1982-1996

Box 8, Folder 9

Yolanda Lopez Life and Work, interview with Yolanda Lopez, resume, news articles, correspondence with Shifra Goldman 1987-1993

Box 8, Folder 10

Yolanda Lopez Life and Work, The Nanny Installation 1993-1994

Box 8, Folder 11

Yolanda Lopez Life and Work, NACCS photographs with notes 2002

Box 8, Folder 12

San Jose Museum of Art 1997

Box 9, Folder 1

Yolanda Lopez Life and Work, study for Woman’s Work is Never Done

Box 9, Folder 2

ASU Employment 1992-2001

Box 9, Folder 3

Lupe 1985-1996

Box 9, Folder 4

Smithsonian institute, correspondence 1998

Box 9, Folder 5-8

Correspondence 1994-2007

Box 10, Folder 10

Yolanda Lopez: Art of the Americas catalog, photo i.d. (1999), collected photographs, and examples of artwork. Includes slides of personal biographical images and Maria Penedo 1974-1990

Box 10, Folder 11

Lola de la Riva, Cuarto Vidas photocopy; signed; “Para Yolanda M. Lopez from Lola A. dela Riva 10-10-95 Por Vida” 1995

Box 10, Folder 18-19

Shifra Goldman, articles and commentary 1982-1990

Box 10, Folder 21

Lopez, Yolanda 1978

Box 10, Folder 23

Family photographs 1981-1982

Box 10, Folder 26

Yolanda Lopez Friends & Family

Box 10, Folder 22




Item A13474/CD

Yolanda Lopez Interview June 7-8, 2007


Yolanda Lopez interview pt 1.wav,Yolanda Lopez interview pt 2.wav,Yolanda Lopez interview pt 3.wav,Yolanda Lopez interview pt 4.wav Interview of Yolanda M. Lopez at CEMA offices by Christina Serna
Item A13475/CD

Isla Vista Theater Recording yolanda_lopez_chst1c.wav Audio recording of recorded remarks talk to Chicano studies 1-b,c Isla Vista Theater June 5, 2007


The Mission

Box 10, Folder 1

Mission neighborhood – Street Scenes slides 1975-1987

Box 10, Folder 8

Mission Cultural Center for Performing Arts-slides for Nov 1987-Nov 1989 Nov 1987-Nov 1989

Box 10, Folder 21

Planning For A Wall Display



Box 18, Folder 2

Albers, Joseph

Box 11, Folder 1

Agüero, Pilar slides 1993

Box 18, Folder 1

Aguero, Pilar 1992-1993

Box 11, Folder 2

Juana Alicia, slides [1983-2001] 1983-2001

Box 11, Folder 3

Juana Alicia, artist statement, articles, correspondence 1986-1994

Box 11, Folder 4

Juana Alicia, article, part one of Ojos de Lucha: The Defiant eye in Latin America A history of the Art of Resistance. Ethnic Studies taught by Juana Alicia n.d.

Box 11, Folder 5

Juana Alicia, part two of Ojos de Lucha: The Defiant eye in Latin America A history of the Art of Resistance. Ethnic Studies taught by Juana Alicia n.d. several pages from the internet about Juana Alicia http://www/ 2002

Box 11, Folder 6

ASCO, Los Illegals, bi lingual single El Lay and biography. Patssi Valdez slides from 1987. Articles about Harry Gamboa and the Gamboa family.newspaper articles about group members 1981-1987

Box 11, Folder 7

Gronk/ASCO, exhibition materials post cards, articles and notes by Yolanda M Lopez. 7 slides. 1978-1993

Box 11, Folder 8

David Avalos, Yolanda M. Lopez Notes on her relationship to the Avalos and David Avalos

Box 11, Folder 9

David Avalos

Box 11, Folder 10

Judith Baca, three slides with notes from Yolanda Lopez. Articles about Judith Baca and the great Wall of Los Angeles 1983-2002

Box 11, Folder 11-12

Amalia M. Bains exhibition announcements correspondences, articles, Curriculum Vitae, slides and notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1987-1998

Box 11, Folder 13

Miranda Bergman, slide 1989, note to Yolanda M. Lopez

Box 18, Folder 4

Bernal, Jose 1970-1982

Box 11, Folder 14

José Antonio Burciaga, slide 1987, note to Yolanda M. Lopez, and scripts by Bret Harte

Box 12, Folder 1

Graciela Carillo, El Frijo Maigico, childrens book, publicity handouts, summary of career slides and notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1974-1982

Box 18, Folder 6


Box 12, Folder 2

Yreina Cervantes Latina Feminism and Visual Discourse: Yreina Cervántez’s La Ofrenda, slides 1978-1989

Box 12, Folder 3

Enrique Chagoya, article Art of Americas Identity Crisis, Publicity Inner Borders, slides 1989-1997

Box 12, Folder 4

Jim Dong, slide 1987

Box 12, Folder 5

Eddie Edwards/ San Diego, slides and notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1977

Box 18, Folder 10

Emmanuel, Christina

Box 12, Folder 6

Felipe Erenberg/Mexican Artist slides 1985

Box 12, Folder 7

Michael Franco, slides and photographs 1943-2003

Box 12, Folder 8

Daniel Galvez, slides with notes by Yolanda M. Lopez, correspondence concerning lawsuit vs the City of Martinez, list of murals 1981-1994

Box 18, Folder 16

Garcia, Rupert/Fuentes, Juan

Box 18, Folder 17

Garza, Carmen Lomas

Box 12, Folder 9

Ester Hernandez slides 1986-1987

Box 12, Folder 10

Comics Hernandez Bros-Spiegelmann 1993-2001

Box 12, Folder 12

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, resume slides, exhibition photographs (color copies), Exhibition folder Las Fuerzas de la Tierra with notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1993

Box 12, Folder 12

Frida Kahlo, collected research on Kahlo 2002

Box 12, Folder 13

John Leanos, exhibition publicity, correspondence and articles with notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1999-2002

Box 12, Folder 14

Sylvia Ledezma, Notes by Yolanda M. Lopez, resume and slides 1979-1990

Box 12, Folder 15

Jose Lerma, slides 1947-1997

Box 12, Folder 16

Rosa M. slides with notes from Yolanda M. Lopez and Chicana/Latina Feminist Position on Prop. 187 1992-1999

Box 12, Folder 17

Male Artists 1983-2002

Box 12, Folder 18

Male Artists slides 1967-1997

Box 12, Folder 19

Ralph Maradiaga slides 1975-1985

Box 12, Folder 20

Adal Malnado slides 1985

Box 12, Folder 21

Elizabeth Betita Martinez includes notes by Yolanda M Lopez, interview of Lopez by Martinez, and an interview of Martinez in Sister to Sister v5. 1999-2007

Box 13, Folder 1

Delilah Montoya, annotated slide lists articles, correspondence, artists statement, slides with notes from Yolanda M. Lopez 1994-2002

Box 13, Folder 2

Delilah Montoya, articles, arists statement 1994-2002

Box 13, Folder 4

Jose Montoya Pachuco Art a Historical Update, 1977. Thoughts on La Cultura The Media, Con Safos and Survival, 1979. Aqui Estamos Y No Nos Vamos, 1990

Box 13, Folder 5

Anthony Ortega Notes by Yolanda M. Lopez, slides and exhibition publicity 1990-1993

Box 13, Folder 6

Guillermo Gómez Peña two books from the Broken Line Project, no. 2, 1987 and no. 4, 1989

Box 13, Folder 7

Guillermo Gómez Peña correspondence, articles, exhibition publicity, includes an artist’s biography 1987-2000

Box 10, Folder 14

Ian Pollack and Jane Silk catalog of Artwork, art catalog with notes from Yolanda M. Lopez 1995

Box 13, Folder 8

Jeanette F. Peterson The Virgin of Guadalupe: Symbol of Conquest or Liberation? CAA Talk 1990

Box 13, Folder 9

Cecilia Portal articles, resume, View/Camera (1993) featuring Portal’s work, slides with listing and Notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1991-1993

Box 13, Folder 10

Rosa M. project: slides, color copies with commentary, articles, correspondence and notes from Yolanda M. Lopez. 1994-1998

Box 13, Folder 11

Jose Ramirez correspondence, exhibition history, notes by Yolanda M. Lopez slides 1994

Box 13, Folder 13

Michael Rios slides with notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1974-1980

Box 13, Folder 13

Isis (aka Lilly) Rodriguez slides with notes by Yolanda M. Lopez, exhibition publicity, t-shirt sales catalog, publicity, interview in Punk Planet and artists statement 1996-1997

Box 13, Folder 14

Patricia Rodriguez, email, artist biography, resumes and exhibit flyer 2002

Box 13, Folder 15

Patricia Rodriguez slides 1982-1991

Box 13, Folder 16

Spain Rodriguez 1983-1990

Box 13, Folder 17

Louis Le Roy includes notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1979

Box 13, Folder 18

Yolanda Lopez: Homage to Dolores Huerta:Women’s Work is Never Done 1995-1996

Box 14, Folder 1

RCAF/ Sacramento artists 1984

Box 14, Folder 2

Rosler Sekula ( and Allan Sekula) postcard series, writings, articles publicity handouts, correspondence, artist’s curriculum vitae, newspapers 1977-1995

Box 14, Folder 3

Christine Tamblyn, article 1987

Box 14, Folder 4

Ruben Trejo, Cesar Martinez joint exhibit 1981

Box 10, Folder 15

Luis Valdez Teatro Campesino Dia de los Muertos slides 1979

Box 10, Folder 16

Luis Valdez Chicanas Noventa: Think Tank 1990

Box 14, Folder 5

Kathy Vargas Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center 1991-1998

Box 14, Folder 6

Xavier Viramontes 1981-1984

Box 14, Folder 7

René Yañez, personal work slides with notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1970-1987

Box 14, Folder 8

René Yañez, No Show/No Stage (1982) , Birthday party, Death of Ché, Fashion Moda, exhibit slides with notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1982-1987

Box 14, Folder 9

René Yañez Dia de Los Muertos, slides with notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1983

Box 14, Folder 10

René Yañez The Suitcase Show, New Mexico slides with notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1982

Box 14, Folder 11

Marcuz Zillox Artist’s statement, exhibition history, slides with notes by Yolanda M. Lopez 1996-2002

Box 14, Folder 12

Women Arts: New/Young 1991

Box 18, Folder 27

Lucero, Manuel

Box 18, Folder 28

Mesa-Bains, Amalia 1983-1990

Box 18, Folder 29

Montoya, Delilah 1992-2000

Box 18, Folder 32

Posada, Jose Guadalupe

Box 19, Folder 4

Villa, Estevan 1979-1981

Box 19, Folder 5

Velasco, Fran/Rivas Natalia 1982


Teaching Files

Box 15, Folder 1

California State Hayward February 1995

Box 15, Folder 2

Language of Drawing Spring 1994

Box 15, Folder 3

Mills College: Contemporary Chicano Arts Spring 1995

Box 15, Folder 4

Chicano Studies 130 UCB Contemporary Chicano Art History

Box 15, Folder 5

SFSU Fall 1994

Box 15, Folder 6

SFSU Administrative

Box 15, Folder 7

SFSU Lara, survey of Raza Visual Images 1990

Box 15, Folder 8

SFSU Self/Other faculty & Staff Memos IAC Fall 1994

Box 15, Folder 9

CCAC Spring 1991

Box 15, Folder 10

CCAC Fall 1990

Box 15, Folder 11

CCAC Fall 1992

Box 15, Folder 12

CCAC Urban Arts Spring 1992

Box 15, Folder 13

Spring 1992

Box 15, Folder 14

CCAC Spring 1994

Box 15, Folder 15

Chicano Contemporary Art Fall 1993

Box 15, Folder 16

College of Arts/Crafts: Teaching Positions

Box 15, Folder 17

CCAC Administrative Faculty Phone Numbers, College Long Range Plans Spring 1993

Box 15, Folder 18

Teaching Techniques

Box 10, Folder 20




Box 16, Folder 4

Coatlique Lupe Nuestra Madre 2001-2002

Box 16, Folder 12

Speak Out/Speakers Bureau 1998-2000

Box 16, Folder 13

Voz Frontera San Diego June 1992

Box 16, Folder 16

Pocho: Lalo Lopez / Tomas Carrasco Chicano Secret Service Lalo Alcaraz, Jon Carroll 1991

Box 16, Folder 17

Cactus Hearts /Barbed Wire Dreams Artists statement 1993

Box 10, Folder 6

Linda Vallejo Assorted Women, Paper & Wood Fetish 1 slide

Box 10, Folder 9

Cactus Hearts/Barbed Wire Dreams:Mexicans in the Media

Box 10, Folder 12

Nancy Hom, exhibit announcement Galeria de la Raza 1994

Box 17, Folder 1

Accion Latina, El Tecolote 1970-2005

Box 17, Folder 2

Cajas, slides 1982

Box 17, Folder 8

“In Progress” Exhibition

Box 17, Folder 9

Monica Palacios/ Marga Gomez, slides 1985

Box 17, Folder 10

Otra Onda Exhibit

Box 17, Folder 11

Santos Exhibit 1982

Box 17, Folder 12

Shooting the Tourist slides 1996

Box 17, Folder 15

Susan Mongul

Box 17, Folder 17

Zarco Gurrero, Mask exhibit

Box 18, Folder 3

Arte del Barrio 1981-1982

Box 18, Folder 5

Borderlines 1985

Box 18, Folder 8

Childrens Art Festival Golden Gate Park



Box 10, Folder 2

Centro Cultural de la Raza – Correspondence 1996

Box 10, Folder 3

Centro Cultural – Balboa Park – Inaugural for Murals, San Diego slides 1974-1975

Box 10, Folder 4

Chicano Park – San Diego slides and notes 1974-1993

Box 10, Folder 7

City Wide San Francisco Events, “stop racist journalism” protest, San Francisco News Agency (slides printed 1984) Gay Day Parade July, 1979

Box 10, Folder 17

Yellow Springs Gathering: includes notes by Yolanda M. Lopez and slides 1989

Box 10, Folder 13

Balmy Alley system 1981-1990

Box 16, Folder 6

Carnaval San Francisco, slides 1983

Box 16, Folder 7

Carnaval San Francisco, slides 1985

Box 16, Folder 8

Carnaval San Francisco, slides 1986

Box 16, Folder 9

Carnaval San Francisco, slides 1987

Box 16, Folder 10

Carnaval San Francisco, slides 1989

Box 17, Folder 3

Chicano Park 1974-1978, photos by Yolanda Lopez

Box 17, Folder 4

Chicano Park Film May 1989

Box 17, Folder 14

24th Street Mini Park

Box 18, Folder 7

Chicano park

Box 18, Folder 11

Estrada Courts, Los Angeles murals 1985

Box 18, Folder 19

El Jarrito March 1990

Box 18, Folder 34

Pride Parade

Box 18, Folder 38

Twenty Fourth Street Fair 1985

Box 18, Folder 39

Twenty Fourth Street Fair 1985

Box 18, Folder 41

San Francisco Murals 24th st. and Bartett st

Box 19, Folder 2

Women’s Building Dedication, First Front Billboard Galeria de la Raza 1994

Box 19, Folder 3

Women’s Building San Francisco Five Women Artists Multicultural Mural 1994



Box 10, Folder 5

Califas Conference slides April, 1982

Box 16, Folder 1

Culture Clash slides 1984-1985

Box 16, Folder 2

Culture Clash publicity materials 1991-1993

Box 16, Folder 3

Culture Clash publicity materials 1992-1995

Box 16, Folder 5

Culture Clash Teaching Bowl of Being Chicano Vocabulary

Box 16, Folder 11

Galeria de la Raza Billboards, slides with notes by Yolanda M Lopez 1982-1997

Box 16, Folder 14

Self Help Graphics/Galeria Otra Vez, Maestras Atelier Summer 1999-2001

Box 16, Folder 16

Galeria Tonantzín/Jennifer Colby San Juan Bautista 1994-2001

Box 17, Folder 5

Galeria de la Raza, Extraño March 1982

Box 17, Folder 6

Galeria de la Raza, Frida Exhibit 1987

Box 17, Folder 7

Galeria de la Raza, Vanguard Exhibit (AD HOC) August 1994

Box 17, Folder 13


Box 18, Folder 13

Galeria de la Raza Cultural Festival (6th annual)

Box 18, Folder 14

Galeria de la Raza Billboard individual artists 1983-1985

Box 18, Folder 15

Galeria de la Raza, Tomas, Shifra, Rio, Gabriella, Monica, Vita 1987

Box 18, Folder 42

Self Help Graphics


Miscellaneous Slides

Box 18, Folder 9

Crackers movie set

Box 18, Folder 18

Goldman, Shifra

Box 18, Folder 20

La Raza Graphics

Box 18, Folder 24


Box 18, Folder 25

October 1993

Box 18, Folder 30

Oakland 200 1981

Box 18, Folder 31

Paris, Buen Dia School

Box 18, Folder 33


Box 18, Folder 35-36

Paul Revere School

Box 18, Folder 37

San Diego

Box 18, Folder 40

Studio Twenty Four

Box 18, Folder 43

San Ysidro Massacre

Box 18, Folder 44

SPE Conference

Box 18, Folder 45

Marshall Weber Performance

Box 19, Folder 1

June 1976 Wilson Jr. High

Box 19, Folder 6

Unknown exhibit & Benefit Run

Box 19, Folder 7


Box 19, Folder 9

January 1987

Box 19, Folder 10

September 1987

Box 19, Folder 11

October 1987

Box 19, Folder 12

August 1986

Box 19, Folder 13

November 1991

Box 19, Folder 14

February 1992

Box 19, Folder 15-17


Box 19, Folder 19



Series VIII: Research Files

Box 16, Folder 18

Virgen de Guadalupe research files

Box 16, Folder 19

Women, research file

Box 18, Folder 12

Four Hundred Years of Chicano History