Friday, February 06, 2009



an update from the photographer:

"Hey Bill, you asked me to tell you the story behind the super woman shot. While I lived in Palo Alto, my girlfriend had a research project about transsexual sex workers in Mexico and the border region. I spend a lot of time there and I became obsessed with Mexican religious art and chicano art. A year later I went to a conference in Paris and I found a small gallery with painted sculptures. And there she was - Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Of course, I took a picture. Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the artist or the gallery. I'm not even sure if the sculpture has anything to do with the Mexican version of Mary. It might be just an interpretation of French religious art. I uploaded the picture on flickr anyway ... you can read the rest of the story in the comment section of the picture. Greetings from Berlin, David."

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Anabel Lima's had it with Tex[t]-Mex and wants more Tex-Mex (food, that is! Comida!). She asks; we listen:

Thought I'd pass along this wonderful discovery of health and "Authentic Latin Flavor for those who dare!" I tried the spicy rio habanero chips--not bad. Maybe you can use on blog or for your next book... :) Here's the link And they distribute right out of LA...of course!!!

Ciao! Anabel

Monday, February 02, 2009

Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino aka Rita Hayworth, HiveMind!

Flickr Hive Mind: Chicana!

Speedy Gonzales versus the Roadrunner

Another quick posting of a sub-standard (animation-wise) short by DePatie-Freleng for Warner Brothers; this one is called "The Wild Chase" (1965):

Looney Toons- Wild Chase (speedy vs Roadrunner)

Señor "MexiCant's" "Mexican" Album Cover Blog!

A mighty wave of the sombrero to University of Houston History Professor Raúl Ramos who just passed me the link to! An amazing visual resource/repository! Semiotic manna from the heavens!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Nortec Collective on MTV


INTAR: East Coast-style Xicanosmosis!

Speedy Gonzales Bank

If you are not a regular reader of the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog, you may be clueless about my fascination with the lived history of the fastest mouse in all Mexico, Speedy Gonzales! The eBay sighting glossed in the picture above makes me tremble with desire but I must put my object acquisition fetish to rest awhile till I get bigger digs for all my "Mexican" paraphernalia! However, if anyone wants to know what I want for Christmas, follow this link (it should stay live till around February) and break out with the early Santa cheer.

Following up on my profound Speedy fetish, and, as a Sunday treat, here's Pancho's Hideaway, from 1964--one of DePatie-Freleng's first "features" in association with Warner Brothers. It's not a bad cartoon as cartoon goes, though the cheapo limited animation is a real let-down once you've been raised on golden era of WB animated shorts from the 40s and 50s. Warners had closed their own animation shop and DePatie-Freleng stepped in to outsource it for the WB. The best part of the 'Hideaway is seeing Yosemite Sam as cross-dressed as "Mexican" Pancho Vanilla ("Pancho Villa"), replete with Mel Blanc's Mexicanizing-up of Sam's famous drawl. As stereotype-festering vehicle of Tex[t]-Mextian malfeasance, this short feature is rather tame on the horrendous scale of anti-Mexican loathing and worth a pre-Super Bowl peek or two.

Male Latino Bombshells: Gael García Bernal

My feminist comadres sometimes tease me about the number of Latina lovelies that grace the pages of the galleryblog! Hermanas! Don't shoot the messenger.

In any event, that's why a different Mexihunk© graces the left-hand column of these pages--equal time to please the eyes (and the desire) of any ethnic studies afficionada/o, who is also a student/consumer of the human form. That is re-inculcates the indictments in Tex[t]-Mex regarding the synecdochification (trope-ization) of Mexicanicity with sexuality, we will, for the moment, just have to live with.

This month's "lovely," Gael García Bernal! Here's the original screen capture I took the image from, NSFW, and decidedly provocative...

...and here's García Bernal in a scene from Y tú mama tambien: Visual Candy Update

Just a quick note that I have updated and added to the commentary to be found as part the Tex[t]-Mex book page at Amazon. Click next-generation Latina cinewonder, Eva Mendes, above to be transported to the gallery. Roll over the pictures to see the embedded commentary.

Mexicans in American Cinema as Craven Synechdoches for Sexuality in General and Sex in Particular

Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucination of the "Mexican" in America has "seductive" in the title in order to play up one of its major theses--that Mexicans, and Latinas/os in general, have, in the 20th and 21st century, evolved into a movie shorthand, aka, a trope, for the sexual. has this great feature where you can upload and tag your own images and I have taken advantage of this to make the thesis above more clear in living color (and, perhaps, to move a couple more books off the shelf)--click the image above and roll over the images to find the embedded commentary.

In any event, here's a scene of Salma Hayek, from the Tonight Show, that makes the sexual/Mexican trope proposition even more clear:

nota bene: this clip has been featured earlier on the galleryblog, here; it appears here again with a slightly different commentary. deja vu city!