The Culture of Star Wars art exhibition curated by Amy George Cortez and Chamuco Cortez
Star Wars has developed into a powerful element of our cultural identity. Constantly weighing the light and the dark, republic vs the empire, it mimics our struggles and our politics. In every culture, the Hero of 1,000 faces appears in its oral history. A hero goes on a life changing adventure to oppose strange forces. In this unusual world, the hero faces their opposition and is victorious! Returning home they share the power and the knowledge they have gained from this fantastic adventure with their community.
Growing up in Oakland, you know what it’s like to grow up in Tattooine. Obi Wan Kenobi said Mos Eisley was a “Retched hive of scum and villainy” much like the media portrays the Oakland we grew up in. What are the parallels you find in your own life in Star Wars? We asked 22 artists to explore their own culture of Star Wars and how the films have influenced their creativity.
Opening reception: Saturday May 5th 7-11pm
Exhibition dates: May 5th – June 30th 2018
Dance performances by Adrián Funky Fyutz Fuentes and Bone Braking DJ
Tacos by the Hernandez Familia
Mural in Solano Alley at 18th Ave by Urban Aztec Jesse Hernandez
Photo booth by Amor Eterno Arte
Jesus Barraza, Bryan Blanco, Billy Boston, Renee Castro, Melanie Cervante, Oscar Cisneros,Justen Cortese,Chamuco Cortez,DONE, Paco Excel,Paco Garcia, Jesse Hernandez, James Lawrence,Leslie DIME Lopez ,MERX, PEPS357, Qetza, Sam Rodriguez ,Marie Scherping, Jillian Silva, STASH, Ques Williams
The Chicano/a Studies Program, Latinx Artist-in-residence and The Center for Latino Policy Research (CLPR) at the University of California, Berkeley presents celebrated artist Melanie Cervantes’ first solo exhibition. This exhibition will be presented on the third floor of the Shorb House from Thursday, April 5th through Friday, May 11th. This exhibition continues Chicano/a Studies Program commitment to the integration of the arts to its programming and welcomes UC Berkeley alumni Melanie Cervantes to help close out the academic year with a powerful selection of over 40 prints.
Please join us at the opening reception on Thursday, April 12th from 4-7pm.
Please note the exhibited work is on the third floor of CLRP. Only the first floor of CLRP, where the reception will be, is wheelchair accessible.
20th Latino Art Now! (April 4, 2018 – May 19, 2018): A wonderful array of contemporary Latino art from the Bay Area and beyond. Auction proceeds support MACLA’s programs.
Artist Reception Friday March 30th, 6pm-10pm
Help us celebrate our fellow artists and makers! Spread good vibes and build community.
With a special live DJ set by Phesto Dee (Souls Of Mischief / Hieroglyphics), drinks, and horsd’oeuvres. Chat with some of your favorite artists here at E14! We can’t wait to see you there!
Local artists! Play Loteria for prizes!
Food and drinks!
Just in time for Valentine’s day!!!! Give your love art and handmade goodies from local artists!!!! Play Loteria for prizes! We will have snacks and drinks!
Loteria ticket sales will be donated to a young Oakland woman going to college! Come out and support!
Ana Maria Gallegos
Hijas De Maiz
La Ruca Arts
Las Adelitas Collective
Leslie DIME Lopez
Sugar High Art
Tu Tienda Azteca
The artwork of Emory Douglas, Melanie Cervantes and Favianna Rodriguez.
Using bold colors and high contrast images, the artists’ work reflects a broad range of human rights struggles. In pursuit of social justice, their art reflects their resistance in the struggle to create a new world.
One City One Book is San Francisco’s citywide book club.
In 2017, we’re reading Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.
*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
Join Center for Political Education for Visualizing Revolution: Creating Visual Culture in a Time of Destruction featuring Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde.
From Mexican worker organizing in the 1930s to Third World revolutions or the present-day struggle to overthrow fascism in the US, strong art and inspiring images have been indispensable weapons for liberation movements. Join movement artist Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde for a timely conversation about the role of graphics and visual language in making revolution beautiful, irresistible, and achievable.