Past Events

ROI Holiday Market

Date: December 7, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Restore Oakland, 1419 34th Ave suite 121, Oakland, CA 94601
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Come celebrate the holiday season with our annual Holiday Market featuring BIPOC local businesses. There will be 10 amazing vendors and food & drinks from Comfort Collective!

2023 La Peña Holiday Mercado

Date: December 3, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
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Get ready for a day filled with holiday cheer, fantastic finds, and local one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones (and yourself!).

La Peña’s r much anticipated Holiday Mercado will feature local vendors of hand-crafted goods and unique imports from Latin America! They will have traditional foods for sale, too! Bring the entire family.

📅 Date: Sunday, December 3rd, 2023
🕚 Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Let’s support and celebrate the incredible creativity of our communities 🎉

Eastside Arts Alliance Holiday Sale

Date: December 2, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Eastside Cultural Center, 2285 International)
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Holiday Art & Book Fair on Sat Dec 2. The time is noon – 5pm at EastSide Cultural Center. Along with a diverse selection of work by artists and artisans there will be music, poetry, fresh tacos made onsite, and other refreshments.

Dignidad Rebelde will be tabling at 2285 International next to the Cultural Center

 

An Evening with Emory Douglas

Date: October 26, 2023
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: James Dunn Theater, College of Marin
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October 26, 2023, 5-8 pm
James Dunn Theater, College of Marin
Free and open to the public
Register here: https://emorydouglas.eventbrite.com

Join us for an unforgettable evening honoring Emory Douglas’s lifelong commitment to resistance, self-determination and Black liberation. As the former Veteran Revolutionary Artist & Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, his images in the Black Panther Newspaper were a clarion call to oppressed and colonized peoples throughout the world.

An Evening with Emory Douglas, the culminating event for the month-long art exhibit The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas: Black Liberation, Global Justice, features poetry by Meres-Sia Gabriel, music by Tarika Lewis, and a conversation between Bay Area-based Xicanx artist and activist Melanie Cervantes and Emory Douglas.

Reception with light refreshments to follow. Attendees will be able to visit the gallery before and after the program.

All Power to the People.

Indigenous Futurism

Start date: October 14, 2023
End date: February 18, 2024
All-day event
Location: Altura Credit Union Community Gallery at The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum.
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October 14, 2023 – February 18, 2024

Indigenous Futurism features paintings, works on paper, sculpture and videos viewed through an indigenous lens by 18 all-femme artists who hail from all four directions in California: to the East, the Inland Empire; to the South, San Diego; to the West, Los Angeles; and to the North, the Bay Area.

Curated by Riverside-based artist Denise Silva, participating artists are: Abby Aceves | Ariana Arroyo | Adriana Carranza | Melanie Cervantes | Amparo Chi | Rosy Cortez | Emilia Cruz | Stephanie Godoy | Mariana Gómez | Mariah Green | Jeshua | Belen Ledezma | Andrea Ramirez | Lilia Ramirez | Denise Silva | Maritza Torres | Sarah Vazquez | Mer Young

The exhibition focus is on the artists’ long journey back home: back home to the land, back home to the water, back home to the plants, back home to the ancestral plane, and back home to themselves as a people. The direction of indigenous people and how they arrive at that destination is an interweaving of the past, the now and the future. Silva shares, “This exhibition explores how the artists incorporate their ancient tools in their respective practices for our collective liberation.”

Similar to the concept of Afrofuturism, the term “indigenous futurism” as an artistic movement was coined by Anishinaabe author and professor Grace Dillon who has shared that it discovers “how personally one is affected by colonization, discarding the emotional and psychological baggage carried from its impact, and recovering ancestral traditions.”

The exhibition is on view Saturday, October 14, 2023 through Sunday, February 18, 2024 in the Altura Credit Union Community Gallery at The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum.

Opening Reception for Indigenous Futurism: November 2, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Reception is free, open to all ages and being held in the Altura Credit Union Community Gallery during the Riverside ArtsWalkNo RSVP needed.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?: ACTIVIST GRAPHICS FROM THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART

Date: June 24, 2023
Location: Vincent Price Museum, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754
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Since the mid-20th century, California has been a beacon of both inventive design and political activism. Exploring the intersection of these realms, this exhibition uses case studies from LACMA’s collection to demonstrate how designers and artists championed civil rights, opposed wars and injustice, and pressed for change. Skilled communicators by profession, they distilled complex issues into eye-catching images, often appropriating commercial art techniques—from newspaper broadsheets to screen prints to digital downloads—to distribute powerful imagery despite limited resources. Others led workshops and formed printing collectives, providing movements with new methods for disseminating their messages. Their works express both outrage and optimism, going beyond protest to envision alternative ways of living.

Key figures and organizations including Emory Douglas of the Black Panther Party, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville of the Woman’s Building, Self Help Graphics & Art, and street artist Shepard Fairey achieved widespread acclaim and notoriety, galvanizing political movements and empowering marginalized communities. This presentation features generous loans from The Center for the Study of Political Graphics in addition to select objects from private collectors.

OPENING RECEPTION: MARCH 25, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Image credit: Rupert García, Libertad para los Prisoneros Políticas! (Liberty for Political Prisoners!), 1971, screenprint, made for the National Committee to Free Angela Davis, 26 × 20 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Allison and Larry Berg and Suzanne and Ric Kayne through the 2017 Decorative Arts and Design Acquisition Committee (DA²), © Rupert García, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

 

Amalia Mesa-Bains: A Symposium

Date: May 5, 2023
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Location: Latinx Research Center: 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley
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The Latinx Research Center will host an all-day symposium celebrating the historic retrospective Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Feb. 4-July 23, 2023), co-curated by María Esther Fernández, inaugural Artistic Director of the Riverside Museum of Art’s Cheech Marin Center of Art and Culture, and Laura E. Pérez, Professor of the Department of Ethnic Studies, and Chair of the Latinx Research Center.

The public, all-day series of events will begin with an altar-building workshop, prioritizing students and local young artists, led by nationally recognized artist and UCB Instructor Jesus Barraza and Laila Espinosa, a US-MX performance artist and a Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies doctoral student at UC Berkeley. The afternoon symposium will feature presentations by exhibition catalog essayists, other invited Latinx Studies scholars, and curators: Ella Díaz, Anthony Graham, Ann Marie Leimer, Ronald Rael, Terezita Romo, Ani Rivera, Melissa San Miguel, Susanna Temkin, Mary Thomas, and Adriana Zavala. The symposium will conclude with a keynote by the artist, followed by a buffet dinner, and two short documentary films featuring the artist, Amalia Mesa Bains at de Saisset Museum by Elizabeth Sher and Amalia Mesa-Bains: In Her Own Words by Ray and Daniel Telles.

The symposium is made possible with the support of BAMPFA, the Center for Race and Gender, the Chicanx Studies Program, the Department of Ethnic Studies, and more.

This event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. For more information or accommodations, please email latinxresearch@berkeley.edu

Visual art as suicide prevention

Date: April 7, 2023
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Join me on Friday April 7th at 12 PM PST as I present a bit about my life and work as part of this series on suicide prevention. I will share about the healing that comes from my art practice and speak a bit about some of my latest works. This is part of a weekly series organized by Crisis Support Services of Alameda County.

Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection

Start date: April 1, 2023
End date: May 28, 2023
Location: Deleware Art Museum
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Estampas de la Raza chronicles the unique heritage, history, and experience of Mexican Americans and Latinos in an exhibition of 61 eye-catching screenprints and lithographs from the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. This body of prints comprises an essential but largely overlooked aspect of contemporary American art, focusing on prints made by Mexican American and Latino artists between 1980 and 2010. Inspired by the Chicano art movement of the 1960s and 1970s, many of these artists activate Pop Art aesthetics and powerful messages to explore the complex identities and struggles of Latinos living in the United States. The exhibition highlights Mexican icons, including Frida Kahlo and Che Guevara, and celebrates Latino cultural traditions.

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Let’s Get Free: The Transformative Art and Activism of the People’s Paper Co-op showcases nearly ten years of cultural organizing campaigns and collaborative public art by the People’s Paper Co-op (PPC), an ongoing project of The Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia. Looking to women in reentry as society’s leading criminal justice experts, the PPC uses art to amplify their stories, dreams, and visions for a more just and free world. Curated by Raquel de Anda, Sharita Towne, and Daniel Tucker, the exhibition explores the PPC’s work as a model for effecting change through art and helping free people from an exceptionally adversarial and punitive criminal justice system.

Opening Reception, Friday, March 24, 5 p.m. -7 p.m., Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery

Imaging Abolitionist Futures Symposium, March 23 & 24, VCAM