Artist Alma Lopez delivered our annual Harkness Lecture and exhibit her work in the Doug Adams Gallery on October 14, 2014.

Alma Lopez is a visual artist and currently, a visiting lecturer at UCLA. Over the last two decades, Lopez’s work has been exhibited in over one hundred national and international solo and group exhibitions. In 1999, UCLA’s La Gente Newsmagazine dubbed Alma Lopez the Digital Diva for her groundbreaking photo-based digital series Lupe and Sirena. That series, and most of Lopez’s visual work, raises questions about popular Mexican icons filtered through a radical Chicana feminist lesbian lens. For more information, visit

In the Queer Santas, Holy Violence collection, Alma Lopez presents paintings and prints that highlight women and girls who were persecuted for deviating from societal norms. By presenting the saints and historical figures depicted in these works in contemporary form, Lopez links them with present day concerns, focusing on the troubling normalization of violence against women.