He’s a cartoonist but also a writer: Lalo Alcaraz, the cartoon king, is visiting The University of New Mexico on Thursday, March 1, at 5:30 p.m. in Woodward Hall. Alcaraz is one of the most prolific Chicano artists in the nation. His politically charged satire is unapologetically engaged.

Lalo Alcaraz
Lalo Alcaraz, the cartoon king.

Alcaraz is the creator of the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip, La Cucaracha, which is distributed by the Universal Press Syndicate. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Variety, Rolling Stone and Los Angeles Magazine, among many others.

The talk is timely coming on the heels of a controversial cartoon included in the Albuquerque Journal recently that represented to many a disparaging and racist impression that depicted “Dreamers” as dangerous gang members.

This reception, panel presentation and discussion is part of The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility, an exhibition at 516 ARTS and the Albuquerque Museum with citywide public programs presented by UNM Art Museum & 516 ARTS.

The UNM Art Museum is located within the Center for the Arts complex off Redondo Drive near the UNM Bookstore. From I-25 North or South, exit Central Avenue and travel east for approximately one mile. Parking is available at the parking garage, east of the Center for the Arts at Redondo Drive and Stanford.

Hours for UNM Art Museum are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed on Sundays, Mondays and major holidays.

Admission into the museum is free and open to the public, a $5 donation is suggested to support exhibitions.

For more information visit the website or call 505.277.4001.