March 20, 2001

Subject: Re: Cyber Arte Exhibition
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 07:59:02 -0800
From: Tiffany Lopez <>

Dear Alma-

Thank you for sending me email about the museum controversy. I'm going to write a letter to the museum about the role you played at the Rockefeller Symposium, the reception of your work at that event, and the significance of your work in academia. Other academics you may want to contact: Art Historian Jennifer Gonzalez from UC Santa Cruz Theater Scholar Yvonne Yarbro Bejarano, Dept of Spanish, Stanford Visual Studies Professor Chon Noriega, Film and Television, UCLA

Email at UC Riverside's Center for Ideas and Society for their email addresses. Mention that they also attended the Rockefeller Symposium last December. She should still have their list. If not, I have them somewhere in the depths of my computer....

I would still very much like for us to get together soon. My life is finally calming down a bit and I finally have a window for real planning. I hope all is going well on all fronts. Let me know when in April might be good for us to have lunch or coffee. I'd love to hear what else has been going on with you and your work.

Tiffany Lopez


Subject: Re: Cyber Arte Exhibition
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 09:02:01 -0800
From: "Lindsey Haley" <>

Aye Chingao Alma, en que te metiste mujer? I meant to call you and tell you that a friend of a friend who was at the opening night reception for your exhibit loved your work and said that it created quite a buzz (a good one) and that several people loved your work also. I plan to write the letters of support that you're requesting and will email your message to others. Will speak with you soon. Oh by the way, that Chicano activista sounded like a real culero. You know the kind of guy who says that he respects women, but will never ask a woman out again after he's "had her". I could read him like a book!

Subject: Re: [18thStreetTalk] Cyber Arte Exhibition
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 09:16:17 -0800
From: Nadia Reed <>

Wow Alma, good gosh!

As a descendant of North American Indigenous people, and as a feminist, I just got to tell you that guy was a really scary asshole. Christians in the Pacific Northwest were far less murderous than the missions were down here, but still we have a saying - what killed the all the Indians? the three B's.

The Bible, The Bottle and the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs)

For him to proudly call vengeful Catholic guilt an 'Indian' value really shows how far apart the ancestors' children have gone.

Thanks for sharing this with the list. Please privately e-mail me and tell me what kind of letter I can prepare, I am happy to be of service to you.


Subject: FW: Cyber Arte Exhibition
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 10:21:20 -0700
From: Frederick Nunn <>


For obvious reasons (check the surname), I'll not be sending a message to Villegas, but I want you to know that you (and the curator) have my unconditional support.

As a collector, an academic (with some experiences with similar controversies), a former resident of New Mexico (northern), a Latin Americanist (with a better grasp of history than Villegas), and a card-carrying Anglo Protestant (with a far better grasp of all the religious issues than Villegas), I find this an anti-feminist, authoritarian, chauvinistic, preposterous, bigoted, reactionary, and almost perverse attack on an entirely legitimate genre.

You are to be commended for your art as well your moderation in replying to this attack. I can hardly wait to see the whole show!


FM Nunn


Subject: Re: Cyber Arte Exhibition +
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 23:09:51 -0800
From: Juana Alicia Montoya <>

Diosa mía Alma. what a gorgeous and life-affirming imagen. gracias. Others have already eloquently voiced the solidarity I share with you. Keep on mending the divide between body and spirit, girl!

Juana Alicia