Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bailando Boogaloo With Tucson's Emily Cranz: Chicana Mexican Movie Star from the Late 50s/60s

Just fell into a labyrinth of Mexican cinema history built around Emily Cranz, born Emily Cranz Cantillano--Wikipedia's stub is cut and pasted all over the internets, but not much more comes to the surface quickly.

Here are some publicity shots and stills--one remarkable Textmextian superstar for sure!

Andy Russell y Emily Cranz - Perfidia

The producers of Mad Men found some inspiration here from Caballaos de acero:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mexploitation the Cinematic University That Seared the Imagination of Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Countless Others. One of the Professors? Rafael Baledón

I was just screening Rafael Baledón's amazing camp female mexploitation classic Con Licencia Para Matar and the connections to Kill Bill (1 and 2) and other Tarantino films (as well as some of those by Tarantino's sometime partner in crime, Chicano/Tejano cinema wizard Robert Rodriguez) was overwhelming. Though this debt is well documented, it never hurts to screen a movie (bad as it may be at times) to witness the cinematic/sinematic lineage as one director traces the eye, the imaginative psyche of an other, of the next.

Here's the first third of Con Licencia Para Matar and a poster from the film starring Fernando Casanova, Emily Cranz, Maura Monti, Barbara Angely, Leonorilda Ochoa, Noé Murayama, and Claudia Islas.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Textmex, Mextasy, Eyegiene, and Technosexualities on the Road in the Land of Blue Turf! Lecture/Signing/Exhibition at Boise State University, April 11 @ 7pm! "Orgasmic, Semiotic Cataclysms of Eyegiene and Mextasy: Digressions of Film Studies, Ethnic Studies, & Cultural Studies in the Televisual, Techno-Ontologicial Age of the Smartphone"

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7pm, I will be in the Farnsworth Room in the Student Union Building on the campus of Boise State University for a lecture/exhibition fusing my past and more recent researches into the sprawling miasma Tex[t]-Mex, Mextasy, Eyegiene, and Technosexualities.  The improbable and ungainly title I have used to lasso together this hoarder's treasure trawl of cultural studies goodies is "Orgasmic, Semiotic Cataclysms of Eyegiene and Mextasy." As if that was not enough, I tacked on a subtitle for good measure: "Digressions of Film Studies, Ethnic Studies, & Cultural Studies in the Televisual, Techno-Ontologicial Age of the Smartphone."  Can't wait to see Ralph Clare, Professor, Boise State, and a former student of mine back in the day on Montezuma Mesa, read that title aloud!

In any event, I will be selling, signing (and drawing cartoons) into copies of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America, and prints from the Mextasy show at the lecture--in you are a Latina/o-loving, cultural studies maven trapped in the wilds of Idaho, come on down!

The original poster appears below--the updated one with all the proper thankyous appears opposite--click to make more bigger or go here for a high-res version.

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¡high-res linkazo!

last promotional poster variant

new poster by the cool folks @ boise state...
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Me and my friends back in the day...

Eyegiene graphic for the Boise presentation/confabulation
featuring the incredible imagination of Cyriak Harris working with the 

musical folks known as Eskmo

...and, of course, ESKMO

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Xicanosmosis, HOMER SIMPSON Style--from Kid Robot

Thanks to Mark Dery for pushing this little guy onto my radar--in the perfect embodiment of Xicanosmosis, the body of Homer Simpson fuses with a Day of the Dead Mexican calavera figure. Somewhere, the shade of Jose Guadalupe Posada is smiling! more on this via soleobsessed.

Image grabbed from Stuart "All Consuming Images" Ewen's Facebook page.

Monday, March 03, 2014

MEXTASY in the MIDWEST!!! Guillermo Nericcio García y William A. Nericcio are Invading the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:30pm @ La Casa Cultural Latina!!! Help Spread la Palabra

UPDATE: March 3, 2014! Great News! Mextasy @ the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's LA CASA CULTURAL LATINA has been extended for three weeks through March 21, 2014! The show is free and on exhibition in the main rooms of LA CASA! Gracias Gracias Gracias to all the fine gente/folks in the snowy fields of the Midwest for extending such a warm welcome to MEXTASY.
From Tex[t]-Mex to Mextasy to Eyegiene
Televisually Supercharged Hallucinations of 'Mexicans' in our Digital Humanities-laced, Technosexually Voyeuristic Tomorrow(s)

In a wide-ranging talk that builds on the work found in  Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of“Mexicans” in America (2007), but that also incorporates the traveling exhibition (and pop-up rascuache museum entitled Mextasy), and looks forward to my new project entitled Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race, I will try to immerse students, faculty, and community members from the University of Illinois in some of the crazy story of metamorphosis that forms the history of Tex[t]-Mex, what began as a response to the laughter of racist students on the East Coast snickering at the concept of "Mexican Intellectuals," has ended up as a career-long sojourn, an Odyssey-like conquest, to track down and vivisect Latina/o stereotypes in American mass culture.  More recently, the work has evolved, concerning itself more less with issues of ethnocentrism and race and more with what I call technosexual "subject-effects," watchfully surveilling the evolution of human entertainment as it concerns itself less with "the other" and more with the "OS" (think here of Spike Jonze's awesome new movie Her).  There too, however, the massive hangover from European and American genocide, slavery, and racism, will continue to evolve and morph, finding new manifestations in the digital age of smartphones.  Ultimately, this is a lecture about metamorphosis, a movement in my work from an outright focus on deleterious stereotypes into a brave new world filled with the hedonistic pleasures of mextasy.  This, then, is a lecture that tries to capture our contemporary ontology in flux, from "I think therefore I am" to "I see, therefore I must record and broadcast, in order to be--Descartes credo reborn and re-imagined for the high age, the sacred moment of the "selfie."

All Mextasy event/lectures are all free/gratis!

Some prints, new and old, for the show...

Original Posting February 25, 2014

Guillermo Nericcio García y William A. Nericcio 
are Invading the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign 
on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:30pm 
@ La Casa Cultural Latina!!! 

Help Spread la Palabra!

as with all the images on this blog, click to enlarge

Click the poster and watch it grow!
poster for the mextasy exhibition, u of illinois urbana-champaign

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" Coming in August 2014 (Includes Mextasized JESSICA ALBA Print for the Boise State MEXTASY Lecture & Exhibition)

For more on the movie click the first image:

Here's a mextasized print I whipped up
for the Boise State Mextasy/Eyegiene lecture
and exhibition coming up in April--it features
the rad photography of Rico Torres!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

New Look, New Logo, Changed Name! The Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog becomes Tex[t]-Mex!

It has been close to 8 years that this blog has lived, and nearing our 1,000,000 page load, it seemed the right time for a facelift!  Thanks to Jeremy Hurd from whose Flickr feed I lifted the cool painted luchador backdrop!  And thanks to all of you for making Tex[t]-Mex what it is and will always be, your one stop site for snarky reflections on the miasma of Latina/o stereotypes painting the cultural spaces of the Americas and beyond! You can also follow our exploits here on Facebook and here on Twitter.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Pat Boone, Trini Lopez, Speedy Gonzales, and a Great Hit from the Sixties

original posting, April 5, 2007--updated February 21, 2014

Raul, an SDSU Latin American Studies graduate student in my e725 Ethnic Lit and Film seminar, enters the Galleryblog with a quick post/complement for Tex[t]-Mex's chapter on Speedy Gonzales:
To: Subject: Speedy Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 02:07:44 -0500 X-MB-Message-Source: WebUI From: Raul I think this would be great for the tex[t]-mex blog and maybe the second edition of the book if can include it: "In 1959 and 1960 Pat Boone continued to sell many records, although his production of top ten songs slowed down a bit. Some of his songs during this period included With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair and Twixt Twelve and Twenty. In 1961 he came back with Moody River, which was to be his fifth and final number one song. His final top forty song was a novelty record, Speedy Gonzalez in 1962. The female backing voice on this song was Robin Ward, and it peaked at number six."
The lyrics speak for themselves! ack!  Have a listen if you can stomach it!   

...and Here's some backstory on the song.

The Lyrics...

Speedy Gonzales
It was a moonlit night in old Mexico.
I walked alone between some old adobe haciendas.
Suddenly, I heard the plaintive cry of a young Mexican girl.

You better come home, Speedy Gonzales
Away from tannery row
Stop all a your a-drinkin'
With that floozy named Flo
Come on home to your adobe
And slap some mud on the wall
The roof is leakin' like a strainer
There's loads a roaches in the hall

Speedy Gonzales, why don't cha come home?
Speedy Gonzales, how come ya leave me all alone?

"Hey, Rosita - I hafta go shopping downtown for my mother
She needs some tortillas and chili peppers."

Your doggy's gonna have a puppy
And we're runnin' outta Coke
No enchiladas in the icebox
And the television's broke
I saw some lipstick on your sweatshirt
I smelled some perfume in your ear
Well if you're gonna keep on messin'
Don't bring your business back a-here

Mmm, Speedy Gonzales, why don't cha come home?
Speedy Gonzales, how come ya leave me all alone?

"Hey, Rosita - come quick
Down at the cantina they giving green stamps with tequila!!"

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Mextasy/Eyegiene in Illinois!

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