Guide to the Laura Aguilar Papers and Photographs, 1981-1995.

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Guide to the Laura Aguilar Papers and Photographs, 1981-1995.

Collection number : M829

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Encoded by:
Steven Mandeville-Gamble
© 1997

Descriptive Summary

Title: Laura Aguilar Papers and Photographs,
Date (inclusive): 1981-1995.
Collection Number: Special Collections M829
Creator: Aguilar, Laura
Extent: 2.75 linear feet.
Contributing Institution: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance:

Acquired from Laura Aguilar, 1996.

Acquisition Information:

Purchased from Laura Aguilar, 1996.

Access Restrictions:

Consult Special Collections staff.

Publication rights:

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], Laura Aguilar Papers and photographs, M829, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Processed by:

Patricia Mazón, 1996 April

Biographical Note:

Laura Aguilar is a photographer whose works are mostly portraits. Professor Chon Noriega of UCLA's Department of Film and Television writes that Aguilar's work documents "social groups and identities that remain invisible in mainstream culture: Latina lesbians, black couples, obese people, et al." She cooperates with her subjects so that "her work is not about power differentials between photographer and subject as is often, if implicitly, the case with...the social documentary tradition." An autobiographical element is also apparent in Aguilar's work. Art critic Diana Emery Hulick noted that "the circumstances of [Aguilar's] life are reflected overtly in her art." Aguilar, Hulick wrote, "is large, lesbian, and Chicana, acutely aware of her separateness, yet comfortable enough with herself to present us with a personal vision that is both intimate and authoritative."
Laura Aguilar was born in west San Gabriel Valley, California in 1959. She has studied in the East Los Angeles Community College photography program and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop, among other programs. In 1994/95 she was the recipient of a California Arts Council Fellowship and in 1991/92 of an Artist's Project Grant from Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). Her work has appeared in exhibits in California, Texas, New York, and Mexico. Collections of her work can be found at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department in Santa Monica, California. Aguilar lives in Rosemead, California.
Diana Emery Hulick "Laura Aguilar," Latin American Art 5:3 (1993), 52-54.

Scope and Contents Note:

The Aguilar Papers and Photographs include the personal and professional materials of Laura Aguilar and occupy 2.75 linear feet. The collection traces through correspondence with mentors and friends both Aguilar's artistic development and her struggle with dyslexia. Her professional achievements are detailed in the series on exhibitions and published works. The print series includes original prints of three of Aguilar's photographic series: Latina Lesbians, Plush Pony, and Clothed/Unclothed.

Arrangement

The papers total 7 boxes and are arranged in the following series:
  • Correspondence
  • Exhibitions and Published Works
  • Prints

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Cuadros, Gilbert.
House, Suda.
Martel, Pat.
Tenneson, Joyce.
Dyslexia.
Hispanic American lesbians.
Mexican American art.
Obesity.
Photography.
Photoprints.

FREQUENTLY-MENTIONED ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS

Prominent institutions in the collection include:

  • Biennale di Venezia
  • Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Prominent or frequently-mentioned individuals include:

  • Gilbert Cuadros
  • Suda House
  • Pat Martel
  • Joyce Tenneson

Container Listing

 

Series I. CORRESPONDENCE

Box 1, Folder 1

Deborah Bright, The Passionate Camera, 1995

Box 1, Folder 2

CreArte, pART, 1994

Box 1, Folder 3

Gilbert Cuadros, 1994

Box 1, Folder 4

Letters of recommendation for Aguilar, 1991-1995

Box 1, Folder 5

"Letters on photos," 1987-1994

Box 1, Folder 6

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1995

Box 1, Folder 7

Pat Martel, 1990-92

Box 1, Folder 8

Siobhan Somerville, Purdue University, 1995

Box 1, Folder 9

Joyce Tenneson, 1991-1993

Box 1, Folder 10

Joyce Tenneson, 1993-1995

Box 2 (legal), Folder 1

Biennale di Venezia, 1993

Box 2 (legal), Folder 2

Suda House, 1980-90

 

SERIES II. EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLISHED WORKS

Box 3 (legal), Folder 1

Exhibitions and published works, 1986

Box 3 (legal), Folder 2

Exhibitions and published works, 1987

Box 3 (legal), Folder 3

Exhibitions and published works, 1989

Box 3 (legal), Folder 4

Exhibitions and published works, 1990

Box 3 (legal), Folder 5

Exhibitions and published works, 1990

Box 3 (legal), Folder 6

Exhibitions and published works, 1990

Box 3 (legal), Folder 7

Exhibitions and published works, 1991

Box 3 (legal), Folder 8

Exhibitions and published works, 1991

Box 3 (legal), Folder 9

Exhibitions and published works, 1992

Box 3 (legal), Folder 10

Exhibitions and published works, 1992

Box 3 (legal), Folder 11

Exhibitions and published works, 1992

Box 3 (legal), Folder 12

Exhibitions and published works, 1993

Box 4 (legal), Folder 1

Exhibitions and published works, 1993

Box 4 (legal), Folder 2

Exhibitions and published works, 1994

Box 4 (legal), Folder 3

Exhibitions and published works, 1994

Box 4 (legal), Folder 4

Exhibitions and published works, 1994

Box 4 (legal), Folder 5

Exhibitions and published works, 1995

Box 4 (legal), Folder 6

Exhibitions and published works, 1995

Box 4 (legal), Folder 7

Exhibitions and published works, 1995

Box 4 (legal), Folder 8

Exhibitions organized and curated by Aguilar, 1989-92

Box 4 (legal), Folder 9

Exhibitions, workshops, conferences, 1987-90, n.d.

Box 5 (OS)

Other Work

Box 5 (OS), Folder 1

Luz Calvo, paper draft, 1995

Box 5 (OS), Folder 2

Certificate, honorable mention, for Mexican exhibit, 1988

Box 5 (OS), Folder 3

Elan (East Los Angeles College: Winter 1980)

Box 5 (OS), Folder 4

Photo Nation, 1992and undated (workshop)

Box 5 (OS), Folder 5

Square Peg (Dec./Jan. 1992/93)

Box 5 (OS), Folder 6

"Writing about being dyslexia [sic] at Pasadena City College," 1983

Box 5 (OS), Folder 7

Nueva Luz, v. 4, no. 2 (1993)

 

SERIES III. PRINT SERIES

Box 6 (OS), Folder 1

Latina Lesbian series, 1986-1990

Box 7 (OS), Folder 1

Clothed/Unclothed series, list of photos

Box 7 (OS), Folder 2

Clothed/Unclothed series, 1990-94,nos. 1-17

Box 7 (OS), Folder 3

Clothed/Unclothed series, 1990-94,nos. 18-34

Box 7 (OS), Folder 4

Plush Pony series, 1992