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”.
Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection
July 6 to Sept. 29, 2013
This survey of Latino and Chicano printmakers chronicles the late 1960s at the outset of the Chicano Movement to the confident expressions of the 2000s. The prints represent the issues of self identity, the Chicano struggle for social, economic, and political equality, traditions and memories that keep the culture alive, icons—secular and spiritual—that serve as signposts for the community, and other points of view that suggest new directions for evolution of the culture.
Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection comprises more than 60 prints chronicling the Latino experience in the U.S. The exhibition covers five distinct themes: “Identity,” “Struggle,” “Tradition, Culture, Memory,” “Icons,” and “Other Voices.” The exhibit features 44 artists, including John A. Hernandez, Luis Alfonso Jiménez, Oscar Magallanes, Leticia V. Huerta, Juan Miguel Ramos, Alex Rubio, Vincent Valdez, Joe Lopez, Michael Menchaca, Rolando Briseño, and Celina Hinojosa do San Antonio.
San Antonio and Los Angeles are cities that with all their romanticizations are still cities that seemingly purport rigid dichotomies in their histories. The change of demographics allows for the discovery and rediscovery of their own rich culture as seen through new eyes when placed in the context of exhibitions like the McNay Museum’s Estampas de la Raza. The tie between the two cities becomes evident in many of the exhibitions featured artists originating from San Antonio and Los Angeles. Further drawing the connection, many of the prints exhibited were produced in the print studios of Self Help Graphics & Art and Modern Multiples, both based in Los Angeles.
LA-SA is the first exhibition of new and current works from some of San Antonio’s and Los Angeles’ best artists with an emphasis on the artists variety of different styles, mediums and techniques. LA-SA features eight artists, six of which are artists brought together by Estampas de la Raza. While prints are an important part of the artist repertoire, for most of the artistsfeatured in LA-SA, with the exception of Sonia Romero’s sophisticated prints, the print is not the artist’sprimary means of expression. LA-SA gives the participating artistsa forum to exhibit works in their primary mediums while allowing other artiststo exhibit more experimental works. Alex Rubio and Jaime Zacarias’ highly detailed paintings along with the unique paintings of César Martinez will sit aside Vincent Valdez’s Burn and Recuerdo films. The films will be shown simultaneously for the first time as the artist originally intended. Oscar Magallanes‘ work on wood is an example of highly stylized and advanced stenciling techniques. Also it was important to augment the exhibition with San Antonio artist, David “Shek” Vega,who works primarily with aerosol and Los Angeles artist, Hacer,whose impressive works are primarily large scale origami metal sculptures. These artists not only complete the circle of mediums represented but also in representing the ground breaking work being produced by San Antonio and Los Angeles artists.
Great video featuring Lyle Williams, curator of works on paper from the McNay Museum of the upcoming print exhibition Estampas de la Raza. My print “…And the Boss Laughs” will be featured in the exhibition and catalog.
My print “…and the Boss Laughs” is now part of the permanent collection at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. It will be on display as part of their upcoming exhibit and catalog, Estampas de la Raza. The print is a 26″x20″ hand pulled, 8 color (including a split fountain), serigraph printed at Self Help Graphics & Art in East Los Angeles.
I will post the exhibition info shortly.
I have a few of these prints still available for purchase. Send me an email if interested.