Robb Hernandez

Robb Hernandez

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park

(951) 827-7835
robert.hernandez@ucr.edu

photo credit: Christopher Anthony Velasco, 2014

Robb Hernández’s research combines the study of Latina/o literature with critical approaches in visual, material, and performance studies.  His current book project, Finding AIDS: Archival Body/Archival Space and the Chicano Avant-garde unveils a queer genealogy of Chicano avant-gardism(s) through alternative archives, recordkeeping formations, and custodial practices engendered by the AIDS crisis in artist communities.  His work explains the profound role sexual and gender transgression played in Post-1960s Chicano art and literary movements.   His contributions are found in the monographs, VIVA Records 1970-2000: Lesbian and Gay Latino Artists of Los Angeles (2013) and The Fire of Life: The Robert Legorreta—Cyclona Collection, 1962-2002 (2009), published by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press.  Related articles on Cyclona, Mundo Meza, Joey Terrill, and “mariconógraphy” appear in Aztlan, Collections, Museum and Curatorial Studies Review, MELUS, Radical History Review, and the exhibition catalogue, Art AIDS America edited by Rock Hushka and Jonathan D. Katz.  He is co-curating the Getty-sponsored, Mundos Alternos: The Art of Science Fiction in the Americas with UCR ARTSblock for Pacific Standard Time II: LA/LA scheduled to open in the Fall of 2017.  He is also a recipient of numerous grants and awards from the Getty Foundation, Ford Foundation, Hellman Foundation, National Association of Chicana/o Studies, Dartmouth College, University of Texas at Austin, and UCLA Institute of American Cultures and Chicano Studies Research Center.  He sits on the editorial board for Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Finding AIDS: Archival Body/Archival Space and the Chicano Avant-Garde. (Manuscript in Preparation).

(With Joey Terrill), “Coastal Traffic: Triangulated Encounters in Art/AIDS/Americas,” in Art AIDS America, Rock Hushka and Jonathan D. Katz, Eds. (Takoma: Takoma Art Museum; Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015), 100-110.

“Drawn from the Scraps: The Finding AIDS of Mundo Meza.” Radical History Review, Special Issue: Queering Archives: Intimate Traces, 122 (Spring 2015), 70-88.

“Drawing Offensive/Offensive Drawing: Toward a Theory of Mariconógraphy.” MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Special Issue: Race and Visual Culture, 39 no. 2 (Summer 2014), 121-152.

VIVA Records, 1970-2000: Lesbian and Gay Latino Artists of Los Angeles. The Chicano Archives Series. Vol. 7, Los Angeles: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Publications, (July 2013). 

The Fire of Life: The Robert Legorreta—Cyclona Collection, 1962-2002. The Chicano Archives Series. Vol. 2, Los Angeles: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Publications, (April 2009).

“Performing the Archival Body in the Robert ‘Cyclona’ Legorreta Fire of Life/El Fuego de la Vida Collection,” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 31 no. 2 (Fall 2006).

Selected Courses:

ENGL 136: Introduction to Latino Literature and Culture

ENGL 136T: Chicano Image/Text/Narrative

ENGL 122R: Queer Aztlan

ENGL 122R: Bronze Screen/Queer Screen: Latinidad and New Queer Cinema

ENGL 136T: Performing East L.A.: Reenactments of the Chicano Avant-garde

ENGL 252: Seminar in Latinidades

ENGL 273: Archive Theory

ENGL 278: Exhibiting Latinidad