Start date: February 22, 2020

End date: April 5, 2020

Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History – 50 Years of Art Activism is a multi-site exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the SDSU Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Born in 1969 out of community struggle and a spirit of revolution that persists today, the Chicano Movement’s and CCS’s activist stance is reflected in the exhibition held at the Centro Cultural de la Raza.

Featuring important historical and contemporary examples of printed works on paper, all four sites highlight printmaking as one of the oldest, most enduring, and widely used processes for Chicano/a/x artists working from the 1940s to today.

Chicano/a/x Printmaking at the Centro Cultural will be on display from February 8 to April 5, 2020, with an Opening Reception on February 22 from 6p-8pm. The exhibition highlights the connections and mutual cross-influences of Mexicano and Chicana/o artists who drew on their own respective political concerns and collective demands. In this exhibition, you will see the Mexican precursors and inspirations for Chicana/o/x printmaking, as well as various themes that include self-determination, cultural affirmation, international solidarity, and a deep-rooted engagement with Xicana/o Indigeneity.

This iteration of Chicana/o/x Printmaking is drawn largely from the the Private Collection of Centro Cultural de la Raza, which includes a partial portfolio of original prints from Jose Guadalupe Posada, the Taller de Grafica Popular, as well as a broad array of 1960s and 1970s Chicana/o artists.

Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History – 50 Years of Art Activism is organized by the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies in collaboration with the Centro Cultural de la Raza, with support from SDSU Arts Alive. Other sites include the SDSU Downtown Gallery, Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) and The Front.

For more information contact Roberto D. Hernández at rhernandez@sdsu.edu

Partnering Exhibition Sites:

The FRONT Arte & Cultura
Exhibition of works by Salvador Roberto Torres
February 8 – 20, 2020

147 W San Ysidro Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92173
https://thefront.casafamiliar.org/

SDSU Downtown Gallery
Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History – 50 Years of Art Activism
February 8 – April 5, 2020

725 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
https://art.sdsu.edu/sdsu-downtown-gallery/

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History – 50 Years of Art Activism
February 8 – April 5, 2020

Carretera escénica Tijuana – Ensenada, Km 18.5, San Antonio del Mar, 22560 Tijuana, Baja California, México
https://www.colef.mx/