Dr. Ruben Mendoza, Archaeologist, Writer, and Photographer

Tue, 06/28/2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Arts Habitat will present archaeologist, writer and photographer, Dr. Ruben Mendoza, in a program entitled, "The Cross and the Spade: Archaeology, Art, and Photography in the California Missions", at Arts in Progress on Tuesday, June 28, at Arts Habitat | Studio Seaside, 840 Broadway Avenue, Suite B3, in Seaside City Center (next to Erik's Deli), from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m

Dr. Ruben G. Mendoza has explored the length and breadth of Mexico, Central America, Europe, and the U.S. Southwest documenting both pre-Columbian and Colonial era sites and collections. A founding faculty member of the California State University, Monterey Bay, Professor Mendoza has directed major archaeological investigations and conservation projects at missions San Juan Bautista, San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, and Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, among others. Recent efforts at the Royal Presidio of Monterey resulted in the tandem discovery of the earliest Serra era Christian houses of worship in California dated to 1770 and 1771. His work on behalf of the Royal Chapel Conservation Project was awarded the California Preservation Foundation Preservation Design Award for 2009.

Dr. Mendoza will review selections from both print and digital versions of his photography of the past 30 years. Discussion will center on the challenges and prospects of photography in archaeological zones and in the California missions inparticular.

Arts in Progress events occur each 4th Tuesday of the month at Studio | Seaside from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. They are free and open to the public and refreshments are served.