We are excited to invite you to the opening of ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of el Día de los Muertos on Friday, October 18 from 5:30–7:30 pm at the Oakland Museum of California.The opening takes place during Friday Nights at OMCA, which happens from 5–10 pm and features live music, DJs, art activities for families, food trucks from Off the Grid, and more! Click here for directions to the Museum and parking information.
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of OMCA’s beloved El Día de los Muertos celebration with an exhibition inspired by the Chicano activists who introduced Día de los Muertos traditions to the United States in the 1970s. ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of El Día de los Muertos will honor and explore the lesser-known origins of Day of the Dead, and the ways these traditions continue to inspire social and political change today.
Visitors will encounter altars, artworks, and interactive elements that show how Chicano activists used Day of the Dead traditions to foster pride in their indigenous heritage and unify their communities. Experience a Oaxacan style ofrenda and hear first-hand stories of the Chicanos who went to Oaxaca to gather Day of the Dead traditions from elders. Honor members of the first Chicano generation and their enduring legacy through a series of colorful ofrendas created by contemporary artists, interactive features, and intergenerational conversations captured on film. Other elements—from historical objects, a mural, and a sculpture that sparked the first Day of the Dead celebrations at OMCA—will immerse viewers in the evolving identities, traditions, and artistic expressions of the Chicano community, both then and now.
Lo invitamos a celebrar el 25 aniversario de la popular celebración del Día de los muertos de OMCA visitando una exhibición inspirada en los activistas chicanos que introdujeron las tradiciones del Día de los muertos en los Estados Unidos en la década de 1970. ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Raíces chicanas del Día de los muertos honrará y explorará los orígenes menos conocidos del Día de los muertos y cómo hoy en día estas tradiciones continúan inspirando cambios sociales y políticos.
Los visitantes verán altares, obras de arte y elementos interactivos que muestran cómo los activistas chicanos utilizaron las tradiciones del Día de los muertos para fomentar el orgullo en su herencia indígena y unificar sus comunidades. Podrán admirar una ofrenda al estilo oaxaqueño y escuchar historias personales de los chicanos que fueron a Oaxaca para recopilar las tradiciones del Día de los muertos guardadas en las memorias de los ancianos. Una serie de ofrendas coloridas creadas por artistas contemporáneos, funciones interactivas y vídeos de conversaciones intergeneracionales rinden homenaje a los miembros de la primera generación chicana y su legado perdurable. Otros elementos, desde objetos históricos, un mural y una escultura que inspiraron las primeras celebraciones del Día de los muertos en OMCA, sumergirán a los espectadores en la evolución de las identidades, tradiciones y expresiones artísticas de la comunidad chicana de entonces y de ahora.
“Legend and Legacy: José Guadalupe Posada and Contemporary Latinx Art,” a multimedia exhibition tracing the influence of Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada on contemporary Latinx artists, will run Oct. 7–Dec. 13, Monday–Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment at the University Art Gallery at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).
Along with Posada’s pieces, “Legend and Legacy” will include works by contemporary Latinx artists Lalo Alcaraz; Olivia Y. Armas; José Antonio Burciaga; Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde; Rupert García; Ester Hernández; Kalli Arte (Adriana Carranza and Alfonso Aceves); Robert Karimi; Alvaro
Artists: Sadie Barnette, Demian DinéYazhi´, Patrick Martinez, Dylan Miner, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dignidad Rebelde, Jerome Reyes
As we create space for community and reflection, we invite you to join us in acknowledging that we are on unceded traditional homeland of the Yelamu and Ohlone Ramaytush peoples who have stewarded this land throughout generations. We pay tribute to indigenous elders past, present, and future.
Southern Exposure presents Solidarity Struggle Victory, a contemporary appraisal of one of the Bay Area’s most revolutionary contributions to the world: the right to learn about ourselves. This exhibition showcases six artists and one collective whose diverse practices reflect the region’s legacy of critical engagement, radical activism and the ethos of solidarity, self-determination, and emancipatory education. Solidarity Struggle Victory commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the country’s first ever College of Ethnic Studies, established at San Francisco State College in 1969, ushering in a national movement for the transformation of higher education. Beginning in November 1968, the Black Students Union and the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) organized a student strike joined by faculty, staff, and community members to protest systemic racism and overall disregard for the concerns of indigenous students and students of color. The months-long struggle formed in solidarity among Black, indigenous, and people of color and their allies demanded greater access and diversity in students and educators and revised curriculum that included the histories of all people. In the fall of 1969, the College of Ethnic Studies welcomed students in its four founding departments: American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, and La Raza Studies. The new College cemented the era’s newfound recognition for the intellectual, artistic, and cultural contributions of Black, indigenous peoples and people of color throughout the nation. In conjunction with the exhibition, E.M. Wolfman Bookstore will curate a selection of books and texts that engage with radical education, pedagogy, social justice, and other related themes which will be available to purchase or browse. An exhibition catalogue will be produced in collaboration with Sming Sming Books.
Melanie Cervantes, La Lucha Sigue Sigue, 2010. Screenprint. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo
In 2010, one of the greatest living Mexican printmakers—Artemio Rodriguez—created a portfolio of linoleum block prints to mark the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. These brilliantly contrasting black and white prints include portraits of prominent figures on both sides of the struggle. The artist’s portrait of dictator Porfirio Diaz and the Eurocentric nature of his rule strikingly contrasts the portrait of the great revolutionary leader, Emiliano Zapata, on horseback in rural Mexico with small farms and mountains in the background.
Complementing Rodriguez’s portfolio will be prints from the McNay’s extensive collection of portraits of Zapata. This group will include works by contemporary artists whose portraits of the revolutionary are a testament to Zapata’s enduring legacy in the social, political, and cultural life of Mexico. Some of the prints in this selection are new acquisitions on view for the first time ever.
This exhibition is organized for the McNay Art Museum by Lyle W. Williams, Curator of Prints and Drawings. Lead funding is most generously provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions.Additional funding is provided by the Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Lecture Series and the William Randall Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs.
This event brings together an interdisciplinary and multinational group of scholars, artists, and activists to generate dialogue on the impact of capitalist globalization on diverse spaces and peoples and the transformative futures envisioned from these spaces.
A workshop, led by directors of Global South centers, will be dedicated to the discussion of program building, curriculum, and the advancement of the field of Global South Studies.
This event is funded through the Center for Global Innovation and Inquiry, Page-Barbour Workshops, Alderman Library, Americas Center, Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures, Mcintire Department of Art, Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.
Paul Robeson, 54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor, Newark, New Jersey 07102
Main Gallery, Express Newark
Opening reception: March 28th, 6-8 p.m. | RSVP on Facebook
Feast & Famine explores food as a social, political, and bodily phenomenon. The exhibition considers food as a commodity; the relationship between food, death, sex, and the abject; food’s relationship to global economics and geo-politics; food and its likeness as a medium for artistic experimentation; the food chain and the environmental impacts of food production; and food justice. Feast & Famine gathers together works in a variety of media from artists and artist collectives working nationally and internationally, at different stages in their career.
With works by John Baldessari, Gladys Barker Grauer, Jackie Batey, Christopher Cardinale, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Morgan Carothers, Melanie Cervantes, Catherine Chalmers, Dustin Chang and Nicole Schulman, Julie Chen, Claudia Claremi, Willie Cole, Conflict Kitchen (Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski), Sharon Core, B. Cortez and B. Riley, Renee Cox, Critical Art Ensemble, M. Gayle “Asali” Dickson, Emory Douglas, Dominique Duroseau, Shanthony Exum, Molly Fair and Jesse Goldstein, Lauren Greenfield, Ella Halpine, Ed Hutchins, Nina Katchadourian, Tamara Kostianovsky, Nicolas Lampert, Warren Lehrer, Mike Libby, Jen Liu, Fernando Martí, Mary Mattingly, Mazatl, Divya Mehra, Marilyn Minter, Mary Mortimer, non/food (Sean Raspet and Lucy Chinen), Taring Padi, Roger Peet Robert Rauschenberg, Favianna Rodriguez, Keary Rosen, Martha Rosler, Erik Ruin, Christopher Russell, Seeds InService: A Papermaking Institute (Melissa Hilliard Potter and Maggie Puckett), Malik Zulu Shabazz, Lucy Sparrow, Meredith Stern, Jen Susman, Swoon, Wayne Thiebaud, Chris Thorson, virocode (Peter D’Auria and Andrea Mancuso), Robert Watts, Emma Wilcox, Joe Wirtheim
Gráfica América presents works by artists representing print shops, publishing houses, and artist collectives from throughout the United States, México, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The exhibition celebrates the collaborative spirit of printmaking through historical prints and publications as well as contemporary traditional and experimental works made in collective studios and workshops established by Latin American and Latinx printmakers.
Gráfica América, is organized by the Museum of Latin American Art and is curated by Gabriela Martínez, MOLAA Curator of Education and Rogelio Gutiérrez, Professor of Printmaking at Arizona State University – School of Art.
Royal Chicano Air Force Celebrating 49 years of serving community
Xicanx Futurity focuses on the work of five Xicana artists: Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Felicia Montes, Gina Aparicio, Gilda Posada, and Melanie Cervantes. These artists engage in an intergenerational dialogue that centers Indigenous forms of communal and hemispheric ceremony, rooted in sacred relations. Collectively, their respective artistic practices inform an emerging conceptual and aesthetic decolonial social practice within Chicana/o/x Art.
Guest Curators: Carlos Jackson, Associate Professor & Chair, Chicanx Studies, UC Davis, Maria Esther Fernandez, Chief Curator, Triton Museum of Art and Susy Zepeda, Assistant Professor Chicanx Studies, UC Davis