UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts for the 2020 Graduate Open Studios

February 29, 2020, 3-6 p.m.
Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego
Free & Open to the Public.

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Open Studios Artists

This is our opportunity to share with you and the San Diego community our research, scholarship, and artistic practices. Open Studios will feature over 40 MFA & PhD artists’ open studios, exhibitions, screenings, and publications produced in the Department of Visual Arts. The artists will be present in their studios throughout the afternoon and excited to talk about and share their work with you.

The winner of the 2020 David Antin Prize will be announced at 3 p.m., kicking off the Open Studios. This annual prize was started to support a third-year MFA Visual Arts student who reflects David Antin’s focus on interdisciplinary work and the use of multiple mediums. The awardee has shown originality and creativity in work as an artist or writer in the field of art criticism. The prize comes with a $1,000 award.


October 11 – December 15, 2019

Opening at the California Museum’s Día de los Muertos Fiesta on Fri., Oct. 11, “El Arte de las Almas: Día de los Muertos 2019” (“The Art of Souls: Day of the Dead 2019”) is a new exhibit featuring original art and contemporary altar installations by California artists including Oscar Magallanes, John S. Huerta and Raul Mejia.

A journey through life, love and death, the exhibit explores the Mexican cultural tradition of honoring deceased loved ones each year on November 1 and 2 by displaying calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), altares de muertos (altars of the dead) and ofrendas (offerings), which has evolved from the Aztecs to modern-day Mexico and California.

Members of the public are also invited to remember a lost loved one in the exhibit’s Community Altar.

¡Ya Basta!

¡Ya Basta! The East L.A. Walkouts and the Power of Protest

June 15 2018 – February 25 2019

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents ¡Ya Basta! The East L.A. Walkouts and the Power of Protest, a retrospective exhibition which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the East Los Angeles walkouts and brings the story of this important moment in the history of civil rights to a new generation of students. Through photographs, posters, documents, memorabilia, music, film footage, and contemporary art, the exhibition explores educational inequality in California and the actions taken by the Mexican and Mexican American students of East Los Angeles to change unequal conditions in their schools. ¡Ya Basta! links the East L.A. walkouts to a longer history of Latinx protest, including recent student activism around gun control. Interactive exhibition elements challenge visitors to stand up against injustice and become a part of this powerful legacy. Public programming throughout the run of the exhibition, including films, panel discussions, and guided student tours, will inspire intergenerational conversations about the past, present, and future of Latinx activism. The exhibition is on view from June 15, 2018 to February 25, 2019.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 • 888 488-8083 • M,W & Th, 12–5 pm, Fri-Sun 12-6

Contemporary Codices

Contemporary Codices: Current Archives of Latinx, Xicanx, and Indigenous Cultures

Group exhibition by Latinx, Xicanx, and Indigenous artists:
Xico González
José González
Greg Iron
Kalli Arte
Edgar Lampkin
Oscar Magallanes
Chucha Marquez
Mayra Ramos
Yvonne Saldaña
Stephany Sanchez

On June 9th, Sol Collective has the honor of hosting the opening reception for “Contemporary Codices: Current Archives of Latinx, Xicanx, and Indigenous Cultures,” group art exhibition co-curated by Monica Vega Latona and Luis R. Campos-Garcia, that will be on display at Sol Collective during June 2018.

Before the Conquest, Pre-Columbian groups of Mixtec, Mexica, and Mayan cultures used graphic books to record information and to communicate their messages. These books documented everyday life and knowledge with full-color imagery. Even after European contact, indigenous and mestizo culture was archived in codices, paintings and sculptures.
Throughout Latino history, culture has been documented with the printed image from silkscreen and other printmaking techniques, murals, and paintings with messages of political, economic struggle, cultural pride, and popular culture.
Our cultures have morphed into various forms of cultural celebration. From images of La Lotería on band t-shirts to La Virgen tattoos, calavera silkscreens, papel picado zones. From Zapatista photos to Chibi-style Che’s, graphic art continues to document our stories and legacies.
This show connects the past and the present, celebrating Latinx, Xicanx, and Indigenous cultures. Through the visual art of comics, silkscreens, zines, drawings, prints, paintings, and mixed media, artists reclaim cultural identity with contemporary art to tell our stories.

Opening reception: Saturday, June 9th, 5 – 8 pm.

Exhibition dates: On display from June 9th to July 7th, 2018

Free and open to the public!

Sol Collective Arts and Cultural Center
2574 21st Street
Sacramento, CA 95818

Barrio Logos Closing Reception

Closing reception Dec. 16th, 5-8 PM

About PST: LA/LAPacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is the latest collaborative effort from arts institutions across Southern California. Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will present a wide variety of important works of art, much of them new to Southern California audiences. While the majority of exhibitions will have an emphasis on modern and contemporary art, there also will be crucial exhibitions about the ancient world and the pre-modern era. With topics such as luxury objects in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th-century Afro-Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions will range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries.


PST LA/LA’s South of the Border

South of the Border” is an exhibition addressing the timely and controversial topic of immigration through the works of ten artists.  Featured artists include (in alphabetical order): Lili Bernard, Marisa Caichiolo, Pablo Cristi, Joel García, Oscar Magallanes, Maja, Poli Marichal, Andres Montoya, Sandy Rodriguez and Votan.

WED. NOV. 8th (7-9pm)
In conjunction, the gallery will present a panel discussion with Eileen Truax, author of Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation’s Fight for Their American Dream.  Dreamers concerns the generation brought to the United States as children—and now fighting to remain here legally. The panel will also include Dreamers Yunuen Bonaparte & Adrián Gonzalez. (free tickets)

FRI. NOV. 17th (7-9pm)
Comedian and Dreamer Johan Miranda presents his solo performance “ALIENATED” – addressing the topics of immigration and DACA in this one-night-only standup special. (free tickets)

South of the Border” is jointly curated by Liz Gordon (The Loft at Liz’s) and curator, art historian, and civic activist Isabel Rojas-Williams (former Executive Director of the Mural Conservancy Los Angeles).

South of the Border is part of the Participating Gallery Program of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.


Barrio Logos on Huffington Post

Artist Oscar Magallanes brings the Getty to Inglewood

Let’s face it, Inglewood is not the type of neighborhood you go to for art shows. Other than the Inglewood Open Studios art walk, which happens once a year in places like 1019 West and the Beacon Arts Building, there isn’t a scene like in Downtown Los Angeles or adjacent Culver City. But there is a new kid on the block that is challenging this perception and bringing multicultural awareness and art that reflects people and ideas from the surrounding area. Residency Art Gallery, which sits in the historic Downtown Inglewood corridor, is carving out a creative space for dialogue and representation, in a metropolis that is constantly reinventing itself via new development, and in the process disappearing entire peoples and communities.

Residency’s next exhibition, which is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time LA/LA Initiative, Barrio Logos: Displacement and Vanishing Iconography, parallels the gallery’s ideology of erasure. And with such an ambitious initiative that seeks to embrace the Latino community across Los Angeles, the Getty glossed over the entire LAX area, with the exception of Residency. According to professor Raul Homero Villa of Occidental College, “In our post-modernist present, the threat is more insidious and dispersed, as the invisible hand of real estate speculation catalyzes a piece-meal but cumulative displacement of working-class Latino households, especially renters, through residential and commercial gentrification.” Look at all major cities across California and you will observe that cumulative displacement is at the core of a 21st century American crisis. Homelessness in Los Angeles has reached an all-record high, partially related to massive evictions, and there is not a week that goes by in which the Los Angeles Times does not report on the affordability emergency that is plaguing our city. Bottom line is that working-class people are finding it extremely difficult to live in Los Angeles, let alone buy a house. Major cities have become a hub for luxury living and creative economic work, yet, they still rely on service labor to run the dream machine. And along with the displacement of people is the removal and vanishing iconography, such as public murals, graffiti, and neighborhood roll calls that once reflected specific demographic groups. Curated by artist Oscar Magallanes, Barrio Logos seeks to reclaim the imagery and iconography of the barrio that has constantly been fined, criminalized, and white-washed, while its practitioners have suffered extreme social disorganization such as mass incarceration, deportation, civil injunctions, and other such racialized phenomenon.

But, Magallanes’ exhibition moves beyond the simple protest plea to a more philosophical concern. Barrio Logos, which runs through December 10th, interrogates what part of barrio culture is allowed to get appropriated by the dominant culture, and what part of it remains within the host community as centralized identity, without being criminalized. Moreover, Magallanes seeks to balance political/social realism and conceptual art, within the constraints of academia. He asks – How can an artist work within specified social justice, without thinking about the larger marketplace of the artworld? For this reason, he has collected a group of artists that represent many forms of resistance, such as the style and clothing of John Carlos De Luna, the phenomenology of Patrick Martinez, the heroic paisas of EL MAC, and the displacement of people from everyday objects in photography by Gustavo Martinez. Other artists include: Adriana Corral, Pablo Cristi, Aaron D. Estrada, Ofelia Marquez, and Vincent Valdez. Barrio Logos: Displacement and Vanishing Iconography opens to the general public on October 7th, with a block party reception from 1-6pm.

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ARTE Y ALMAS at The California Museum

Oct. 13-Dec. 30, 2017

A journey through life, love and death, Arte y Almas: Día de Los Muertos 2017 (Art & Souls: Day of the Dead 2017) features contemporary installations by La Sonrisa de La Muerte and Lapiztola from Mexico and California artists Lurac and Oscar Magallanes.

Opening at the Museum’s Dia de Los Muertos Fiesta 2017 (Day of the Dead Party 2017)  on Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, the exhibit explores the Mexican cultural tradition of honoring deceased loved ones each year on November 1 and 2 by creating calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), altares de muertos (altars of the dead) and ofrendas (offerings), which has evolved from the Aztecs to modern day Mexico and California.

Members of the public are also invited to celebrate friends and family with a remembrance in the exhibit’s accompanying Community Altar Oct. 7 through Dec. 30, 2017.