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
One of the great myths about such important social developments as the Chicano movement is that they are progressive on all fronts. However, many Chicanas, especially Chicana artists, have been excluded. This exhibition focuses solely on Chicana artists, many of whom have had to fight to make their voices heard. The artworks in this exhibition, all generous gifts of Harriett and Ricardo Romo, include works by Judy Baca, Melanie Cervantes, Patssi Valdez, Barbara Carrasco, Ester Hernandez, Alma Lopez, and others.
Comida es Medicina considers the topic of food justice from Latinx, Chicanx, Central American, indigenous, and immigrant perspectives. This group exhibition contests white supremacy by uplifting the knowledge, traditions, and practices of immigrant and indigenous members of our communities in relation to food, ancestral knowledge, and respect for Mother Earth.
The exhibition consists of a wide variety of artistic forms, including paintings, screenprints, videos, zines, sculptures, installation, and mixed media. The exhibition will extend to Galería’s Digital Mural Project, Galería, and Studio 24.
The selected works demonstrate the diverse ways that contemporary Latinx artists uplift indigenous and immigrant food knowledge, while also providing a powerful critique of the exploitation embedded in the current foods systems. Several of the pieces provide a pointed critique of the greedy underside of agribusiness, gentrification, appropriation, and the genetic modification of our sacred corn. Taken as a whole, the pieces in the show powerfully represent the multiple ways our communities are creating bold visions of food justice, decolonization, and community healing.
The works exhibited in Studio 24 are interactive pieces produced by artists from various immigrant communities. This art encourages the viewer to draw connections between their own food memories and other communities’ experiences of longing, belonging, and exclusion.
This exhibition is co-curated by Suzy González and Luz Calvo, with support from the Galería staff. Comida es Medicina is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program.
Opening reception date: August 11, from 6pm – 9pm!
Image: Maíz by Federico Cuatlacuatl
Come celebrate Frida Kahlo’s 111th birthday by supporting strong women artists & artisans at Frida’s Birthday Tianguis at La Peña!
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
We are located near Ashby Bart!
A “tianguis” is a traditional open air market and comes from the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs, which means “market”.
Our event has grown since last year! There will be over 40 vendors selling handmade crafts, art, imported goods from Mexico, Guatemala and beyond, and delicious food stands! This event is indoor and outdoor.
Plus, musical performances by the fierce mujeres of DíaPa’Son at 2pm and 2:45pm AND a Frida Kahlo book reading by Booklandia at 1pm for young readers 🤓
We Interrupt this Message looks at the role of artists as activists/disruptors. Featuring Artists: María María Acha-Kutscher, B-Side Brujas, Dignidad Rebelde (Melanie Cervantes & Jesus Barraza), Luis Pinto, and more.
This exhibit features an installation of over 80 of Dignidad Rebelde’s works.
Image Credit: María María Acha-Kutscher, WOMEN WORKING FOR WOMEN / Indignadas
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
A portrait captures so much more than just a likeness. A portrait is a conversation. A creative collaboration between the subject and the maker. A portrait can tell a story, reveal a truth, or pose a question. From drawing and painting to sound, video, or sculpture — portraits can help us see or be seen in new ways.
Exhibit has been extending until Spring 2019.
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.
On February 8, 2019 I will be presenting a slideshow about my work and offering an opportunity for folks to visit my EXPANDED solo exhibit before it closes after a nine month run. The event will be from 5-7pm at the Latinx Research Center at UC Berkeley. 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Please note the exhibit is displayed up three flights of stairs and is not wheelchair accessible. In light of this we will have a slide show playing on the first floor of the over 40 works in the exhibit. The first floor IS accessible.