Vincent Price Art Museum Director Pilar Tompkins Rivas will focus on evolving discourse relative to Latinx Art, exemplified through recent curatorial models, expanded theoretical frameworks, and artist-driven measures that have broadened our understanding of the field to account for intersectionality with other academic and art disciplines, transnational exchanges, and conceptual traditions.
Pilar Tompkins Rivas is the director of Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) at East Los Angeles College. Previously, she was coordinator of curatorial initiatives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and director of residency programs at 18th Street Arts Center. Specializing in U.S. Latino and Latin American contemporary art, she has been an arts professional since 2002 and has organized dozens of exhibitions throughout the United States, Colombia, Egypt, France, and Mexico. She co-curated Home – So Different, So Appealing and A Universal History of Infamy at LACMA, L.A. Xicano at LACMA, the Fowler Museum and the Autry National Center, and Vexing: Female Voices from East L.A. Punk at the Claremont Museum of Art, and curated Tastemakers & Earthshakers: Notes from Los Angeles Youth Culture, 1943-2016 and A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas at VPAM, as well as Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center for the City of Los Angeles.