The Cheech Opening Day Celebration

There will be two of my works on display as part of the inaugural exhibition at the new Cheech Center for Chicano Art.
The Cheech Center opens June 18! Come celebrate with us as we open the doors of the long-awaited center for Chicano art and culture. 

The Opening Day Art Festival will take place along Mission Inn Avenue in front of The Cheech and the Riverside Art Museum from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. With art vendors, food, and live music, plus a full day of entertainment headlined by Pachuco Jose Y Los Diamantes at 5:30 p.m. this will be an event for the whole family to enjoy! Opening day is presented by US Bank. For more info click here.

The Art Festival is free and open to the public. See you there!

Admission into The Cheech on opening day is sold out and limited to ticketholders only. To purchase advanced tickets to The Cheech this summer, visit

Contemporary East/Northeast Los Angeles Artists

Getty 25 Community Art Exhibition: Celebrate Lincoln Heights/East L.A.

May 7-May 29, 2022

Lincoln Park

Plaza de la Raza is proud to present an exhibition of Chicanx/Latinx artists who live or work in East/Northeast LA. These contemporary artists create stories that speak to their internal vision, the built environment, or the people who inhabit their world.

Please stop by and join us in celebrating the art of our Contemporary East/Northeast LA Artists.

Reception: Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 6-9 pm.
Refreshments will be served.

Hours: 11-6:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday*
*The Boathouse Gallery will also be open to the public during the entire weekend of the Getty 25 Community Arts Festival at Plaza de la Raza on May 21 & 22nd, 11 am-6 pm

This exhibition is made possible by the Getty Foundation with a grant to Plaza de la Raza in support of the Getty’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

Lincoln Park
3540 N. Mission Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Artists selected for Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project

Artists commissioned to create artwork for Purple (D Line) Extension stations

by Heidi Zeller

A panel of nationally recognized curators, local arts professionals and community members from the Purple Line Extension Section 2 and 3 project areas has selected artists to create site-specific, integrated artworks for the future Wilshire/Rodeo, Century City/Constellation, Westwood/UCLA and Westwood/VA Hospital stations.

The diverse range of accomplished artists includes: 

  • Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio (Century City/Constellation Station) 
  • Moses X. Ball (Westwood/UCLA Station) 
  • Sandow Birk (Westwood/VA Hospital Station) 
  • Sarah Cain (Century City/Constellation Station) 
  • Victoria Fu + Matt Rich (Westwood/VA Hospital Station) 
  • Karen Hampton (Westwood/UCLA Station) 
  • Phung Huynh (Century City/Constellation Station) 
  • Oscar Magallanes (Century City/Constellation Station) 
  • Yunhee Min (Westwood/UCLA Station) 
  • Meleko Mokgosi (Wilshire/Rodeo Station) 
  • Rigo 23 (Wilshire/Rodeo Station) 
  • Gala Porras-Kim (Westwood/UCLA Station) 
  • Analia Saban (Century City/Constellation Station) 
  • Francesco Simeti (Westwood/VA Hospital Station) 
  • Eloy Torrez (Westwood/VA Hospital Station) 
  • Devon Tsuno (Wilshire/Rodeo Station) 
  • Iris Yirei Hu (Westwood/UCLA Station) 

As part of a competitive process, the artist selection panel carefully considered each artist’s professional qualifications and examples of past work. Panelists included: Arthur Lewis, Creative Director, United Talent Agency Artist Space; Anna Sew Hoy, Chair, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, Department of Art; Cate Thurston, Associate Curator, The Skirball Cultural Center; Connie Butler, Chief Curator, The Hammer Museum at UCLA; Jean Tardy-Vallernaud, Founding Chair, Century City Arts Council; Ken Gonzales-Day, artist; LeRonn P. Brooks, Associate Curator, The Getty Research Institute; Michael Amescua, artist; Stephanie Vahn, Chair, Beverly Hills Arts and Culture Commission; and Thao Nguyen, Art and Design Agent, Creative Artists Agency. 

“Growing up in Los Angeles, certain images are seared into my memory – streets lined with white flags during the 1984 Summer Olympics, the space-age, rainbow tile mosaics at LAX’s terminals, and the portrait murals of LA Philharmonic members that preside over the Harbor Freeway. I believe that the art selected for Metro’s Purple (D Line) Extension project will have a similar effect on our community, offering resonant imagery that we will absorb and ponder as part of our daily lives,” said Anna Sew Hoy. 

“I came to see each artwork concept as a portal and a presence that will greet us, invite reflection, and enliven our day as we move across distances both great and small. Informed by both the past and the present, these artworks will create something new and vibrant and will shape the city of the future, which will be made richer by acknowledging our history, and be transformed by an imaginary of place and time and artworks that will surely stand the test of time,” said Ken Gonzales-Day.  

“This project is so important and vital in preserving the ideas of our time and democratizes access to art. The selected artists and their work mirrors the diversity and vibrancy of our culture and communities and celebrates LA as a truly world-class creative capital,” said Thao Nguyen. 

“The panelists’ thoughtful consideration, community insights and enthusiasm were invaluable in the selection of this phenomenal group of seventeen artists,” said Maya Emsden, Executive Officer (Interim), Metro Art Program . ”We are excited by how this range of artists encompasses many generations and cultures, and how that will be reflected in the work they create for our riders.”

The artists join nine artists selected earlier for the future Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega stations: Eamon Ore-Giron, Fran Siegel, Mark Dean Veca, Karl Haendel, Ken Gonzalez-Day, Susan Silton, Todd Gray, Mariana Castillo Deball, and Soo Kim. 

Stay tuned for future meet-the-artist events and activities hosted for the public at cultural destinations in the Purple (D Line) Extension project area. Click here to receive information about upcoming Metro arts and cultural programs. 

Click here for more information about Metro’s art program, including our popular docent-led art tours and cultural programming. You can also follow Metro Art on Facebook and Instagram

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Patriotism in Conflict: Fighting for Country and Comunidad

Raul Ruiz, Chicano Moratorium, August 29, 1970, black and white photograph, collection of La Raza Archive, Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles

Plaza de Cultura Y Arte Presents Patriotism in Conflict

November 5, 2021 – June 22, 2022

Marking fifty-one years since the National Chicano Moratorium took place in East Los Angeles, where more than 30,000 participants marched to protest the Vietnam War, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents Patriotism in Conflict: Fighting for Country and Comunidad. This exhibition recounts the momentum and critical events that led to one of the most influential demonstrations in Chicana/o history and inspired a generation of sociopolitical activism.

Included in the exhibition is a new work of mine along with a mural installation in the window of the museum by my art collective 3B

Free Admission to our Museum, LA Plaza Tienda

Wednesday through Sunday – 12pm to 5pm; last entry at 4:30pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 North Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Highways & Byways

Residency Art Gallery is extremely pleased to present 3B Collective’s group exhibition Highways & Byways. This exhibition will run from October 23rd through December 18th. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 from 6pm to 9pm.

Members of the 3B Collective that will contribute to Highways & Byways include Alfredo Diaz, Aaron Estrada, Michael Khosravifard, Gustavo Martinez and Oscar Magallanes. @3bcollective @nimexica @aarondestrada @michael_nimaaa @mdnght_toker With the current conversation around the environment, systemic racism, and monuments along with unseen labor, this exhibition uses massive infrastructure projects like freeways and megadevelopments as the nexus in addressing issues of erasure and equity in our communities. We look at the parallel histories of various Los Angeles communities that have become the victims of “progress” and the aesthetics that arise from colonialism, concrete, cultural iconography, and lowrider custom car culture. The connection between urban renewal and gentrification is undisputed. The works presented serve to facilitate a visual conversation between the works and the viewer with their disparate cultural iconography and representations of urban landscapes. The relationship that develops between the aesthetics that arise from urban renewal, and megadevelopments questioning both the construction of these icons, structures, and stadiums and what lies beneath them both physically and ideologically.

UCSD Thesis Exhibition

I present my thesis exhibition Criminalized Aesthetics, June 9 – 11.

On June 10th we are hosting a lowrider and mini-truck show from 11 to 4 in the UCSD Town Square with a small reception for my thesis exhibition Criminalized Aesthetics from 5 to 8 at Structural Materials & Engineering Gallery.

UCSD 2021 MFA Exhibition San Diego Art Institute

Measurements of Progress

  • Friday, April 23, 2021 12:00 PM
    Sunday, May 30, 2021 7:00 AM
  • San Diego Art Institute 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 (map)

Click here to RSVP a time to view Measurements of Progress.

Change is traditionally measured by success. A paper or book has been written and concludes, an artwork completed, a law passed, a position achieved, are all forms of successful change. Success is also subjective based on the morals and values of the individual. But how do you measure something that never succeeds or never ends?

In Measurements of Progress, the graduating students of the 2021 Masters of Fine Arts cohort from the University of California, San Diego, delve into the incremental steps of human progress from a historical, contemporary, and speculative vision. While humans strive for success, it is evident that the human struggle for peace, liberty, and justice is a process, not the end game. The only constant in an ever-changing culture and global perspective is the requirement of creative solutions. This is why the role of art in society has been so important for thousands of years.

Measurements of Progress includes work from graduating Master of Fine Arts students including: Ana c. Andrade (b. 1987, US-MX), Juan Bastardo (b. 1975, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico), Bailey Davenport (b. 1990, St. Louis, Missouri), Thien Hoang Doan (b. 1991, Vietnam), Grace Grothaus (b. 1985, New Orleans, Louisiana), Kirstyn Hom (b. 1990, San Francisco, California), Işık Kaya (b. 1990, Turkey), Oscar Magallanes (b. 1976, Duarte, CA), Carolina Montejo (b. 1981, Bucaramanga, Colombia), Alex Neuman (b. 1993, New York, New York), Alan Skelton (b. 1983, New Orleans, Louisiana), and Lauryn Smith (b. 1996, Harrisville, NY).