Veveviejo: Reconfigurations of the “Young-Old” in the Art of Antonio Martorell and the Lifeworlds of Older Puerto Ricans
Event Contact: Kelly Jones: kejones [at] berkeley.edu
This talk addresses older adult Puerto Ricans’ meaning-making and negotiations of growing old by examining how the imperative to “be active” shapes their ideas and engagements. I draw on the work of Puerto Rican artist Antonio Martorell — namely his renderings of age and aging in his cross-genre Veveviejo — and the volunteer commitments of retired Puerto Ricans to consider their alternative constructions of activity as well as to bring to the surface the creative elements of those endeavors.
Mérida M. Rúa, a faculty member in the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University, holds a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. Before her appointment at Northwestern, Rúa was professor of Latina and Latino Studies and American Studies at Williams College. She is author of A Grounded Identidad: Making New Lives in Chicago’s Puerto Rican Neighborhoods (Oxford University Press, 2012), editor of Latino Urban Ethnography and the Work of Elena Padilla (University of Illinois Press, 2011), and co-editor of Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies: A Reader (NYU Press, forthcoming). Her current research examines issues and themes at the intersection of aging and urban life, with particular attention to the daily lives and socio-spatial practices of older adult Latinas and Latinos in Chicago.