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Yve Chavez

Assistant Professor
Art and visual culture of the Indigenous Americas. Visual and material culture of Native California. Art and architecture of the California missions and Spanish colonial borderlands. Collecting and representing Native American cultures.
Research Interests: 

Art and visual culture of the Indigenous Americas. Visual and material culture of Native California. Art and architecture of the California missions and Spanish colonial borderlands. Collecting and representing Native American cultures.

Office: 
Porter College, D206
Selected Publications: 
  • “Basket Weaving in Coastal Southern California: A Social History of Survivance,” Arts 8, no. 3 (2019): 94. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8030094
  • “Imagery, Materiality, and Evolving Histories at Mission San Gabriel.” Co-authored with Cynthia Neri Lewis and John Macias. Boletín: Journal of the California Mission Studies Association 31, no. 1 (2015): 88-102.
Selected Presentations: 
  • “Indigenous Art and the California Missions,” Critical Issues in Indigenous American Art and Visual Culture Roundtable Discussion, College Art Association Annual Conference, 2020
  •  “An Indigenous Art History: New Approaches to Studying the California Missions,” Keynote Lecture, “American” Art and the Legacy of Conquest: Art at California’s Missions in the Global 18th-20th Centuries, UCLA, 2019
  • “Female Artists, Indigenous Knowledge, and the California Missions,” 1519, The Arrival of Strangers: Indigenous Art and Voices During and After the Spanish Conquest of Mesoamerica, California State University, Los Angeles, 2019
  • “Indigenous Architecture and Labor at the California Missions,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Conference, 2018
  • “Resisting Cultural Genocide: Indigenous Artists Respond to the California Missions,” College Art Association Annual Conference, 2018
  • “California Mission Art and the Borderlands,” Lightning Roundtable: New and Emerging Studies of the Borderlands, Western History Association Conference, 2017
  • “Indigenizing Alta California Mission Spaces Through Basket Weaving,” American Society for Ethnohistory Conference, 2016
  • “Eighteenth-Century Accounts of Indigenous Art and Culture at the Alta California Missions,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, 2015
  • “Indigenous Art and Devotion in Nineteenth-Century Northern New Spain,” University of California, Riverside Objects of Devotion/Objetos de Devoción Conference, 2014
Education and Training: 
Ph.D., Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Art History, University of Washington
B.A., Art History, Stanford University