"Art, Activism, Access: 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA" ExhibitionFowler Museum at UCLA
February 28, 2010 – June 13, 2010
Founded in 1969, the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the Chicano Studies Research Center, represented a scholarly revolution—infusing the campus classroom with the diverse voices and concerns of underrepresented communities across the nation. And this grassroots movement for Ethnic Studies at UCLA was only the beginning of change.
In concert with “Celebrating 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA” events on campus, Art, Activism, Access: 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA showcases the roles of the Centers in decades of campus and community activism, in protests to protect academic freedom, in campaigns for equal opportunity and accessibility in the classroom, and in demonstrations against discrimination and bias in higher education. This lively display of murals, graphic art, films, ephemera, and photographs captures key moments in a remarkable history of action, offering a compelling review of the turbulent beginnings, and enduring legacy of forty years of ethnic studies at UCLA.