Press Release - Exhibition on Junípero Serra and the California Missions Opens Aug. 17 (Bio: Catherine Gudis)

August 08, 2013


Major International Exhibition on Junipero Serra and the California Missions Opens Aug. 17

Exhibition Co-Curator: Catherine Gudis

Exhibition Co-Curator Catherine Gudis

Catherine Gudis is associate professor of history and director of the public history program at the University of California, Riverside, where she specializes in 20th-century U.S., California, and public history. She received her B.A. in philosophy from Smith College and Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University.


Gudis is the author of Buyways: Billboards, Automobiles, and the American Cultural Landscape (Routledge, 2004) and articles on the construction of place identity in California through art and visual culture. She edited the book Cultures of Commerce: Representation and American Business Culture, 1877–1960 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and exhibition catalogs, including Ray Johnson: Correspondences (Whitney Museum, Wexner Center, and Flammarion Press, 1999), Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s(The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1992), and A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation (MIT Press and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1989).


For more than 20 years, Gudis has worked as a curator and consultant to art and history museums and in the field of historic preservation. Recent projects include “Geographies of Detention: From Guantánamo to the Golden Gulag” at the UCR California Museum of Photography, advisory roles on the Getty Research Institute’s “Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future” and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s “Becoming Los Angeles,” and a 2015 exhibition for the California Historical Society. She has contributed to SurveyLA (City of Los Angeles/Getty Conservation Institute), written historic studies for the City of Riverside related to modern architecture and to civil liberties and civil rights, and directed the Los Angeles Conservancy’s multimedia, multisite project “Curating the City: Wilshire Boulevard.”


Gudis was a scholar at the Getty Research Institute in 2012–13 and will be a fellow next year at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History to continue work on her book Curating the City: The Framing of Los Angeles.


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