The Chicano movement in Southern California, born out of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, gave rise to art, murals, west coast handstyle graffiti, tattoos, and literary works along with lowrider culture and fashion as forms of self identification and cultural pride in the midst of oppression and segregation. This unique style has spread to many countries but in Los Angeles it has faced persistent attacks whether in the form of criminalization or steep fines placed on unsanctioned murals. This has created an erasure of the cultural markers that speak most clearly in opposition to systemic racism. There is a heightened urgency to preserve and document this work in the midst of rapid gentrification. This exhibition brings together artists that not only continue to use Chicano aesthetics but also uphold the use of art as a means of challenging dominant narratives.
The Destruction of Destruction was exhibited at UCLA’s annual scholarship exhibition. Was nice to get a lot of people from CPO to come out and support.
October 22 – December 4, 2014
Opening reception: October 22, 2014
Conversation with the artists, October 22, 6 p.m.
Guest curator Eric Almanza ‘04, a CSUDH alumnus and painter whose works will also be on display. He has selected the following artists whose work focuses on migration and immigration: Nery Gabriel Lemus, Oscar Magallanes, Antonio Pelayo, Eric Almanza and San Jose pure-fiber artist Consuelo Jimenez Underwood.
A few artist were selected to speak about their work featured in Estampas de la Raza exhibition. Oscar spoke with Jennifer Dasal, associate curator of contemporary art at the North Carolina Museum of Art for their quarterly magazine “Preview”. A full version of the interview can be found on the museum’s blog “UNTITLED”.
With 35 works “A Movement in Two Parts” is to date the largest public exhibition by Oscar.
I am sad to say that Sam Coronado passed away November 11th. I had the honor of working with Sam and the great staff from the Serie Project while on a short residency in May of this year. Sam was an accomplished artist and tireless promoter of the arts. He was the founder of the Serie Project and Coronado Studio, co-founder of Mexic-Arte Museum, and a contributor to many other organizations and worked closely with many artists.
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