November 2007

The Date Farmers

FIFTY24SF Gallery
252 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA-94117

Exhibition Dates : November 1- 31, 2007
Opening Reception: November 1, 2007

Upper Playground in association with FIFTY24SF Gallery is pleased to announce The Ballad of Richie Valenz, and Other True Stories, a new series of work from Coachella Valley-based fine artists, the Date Farmers. Featured work will include painting and collage on sheet metal and corrugated steel and wooden sculpture. For this show, the Date Farmers continue to explore collage and pop-culture signage of Mexico and the Southwestern United States. The opening of their show will also coincide with the release of their new, 96-page book entitled, Super Locos. The book features full-color images of their iconic paintings, collage, and sculptures as well as photos of the artists and their studio.

Originally from the Coachella Valley in Southern California, The Date Farmers are a collective consisting of Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez. Together, they collage anything from found letters, bottle caps, glitter, garbage bags, or Christmas lights on their sculpted robots made from Mexican coffee cans. They have also been known to associate and integrate such signage as their own versions of the Coca Cola, Playboy, and MasterCard logos, Mickey Mouse, Bat Man, and the Hulk into their works. The Date Farmers have shown internationally, including a recent exhibition at the Leonard Street Gallery in London, as well as shows at New Image Art Gallery, in Los Angeles, and a solo show at Fifty24SF in 2006.


Cristina Cardenas

Tangerine Gallery
2522 E. Ft Lowell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85716

Date: November 10 & 11, 12 - 5 pm

Prints for sale at special prices!

For more information, call (520) 326-5028.

 


Feast for the Eyes

LoPressionism Gallery
1010-B East New Haven Ave.
Melbourne, FL 32901

Exhibition Dates: November 2, 2007 - January 4, 2008
Opening Reception: November 2, 2007, 6:00 PM

Participating Artist: Felix Zapata

For more information contact Bianca Blottie at info@lopressionism.com


Call for Ofrendas: Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Old Town
Lansing Michigan

Corner of Turner Street and Grand River Avenue in Old Town,
Lansing, MI 48906

Deadline for submissions: Oct 20, 2007
Exhibition Dates: November 2-11 2007
Opening Reception: November 2, 6pm

Call for Ofrendas: Artists and community members are invited to participate in creating traditional and contemporary altars. Create altars depicting loss, such as community & family loss & lost Lansing landmarks. Altars may also express a social concern. Altars can be made by individuals or groups. Everyone is welcome! Celebrating memory helps communities heal. Celebrate Día de Los Muertos this year by creating an altar for the exhibit.

On Friday night November 2, on Dia de los Muertos, residents of Lansing will visit each of the ofrendas on a map. It is a chance for the community to remember and heal as well as to have fun meeting each other while enjoying Old Town. Businesses will illuminate the ofrendas with string lights in their windows for those that pass by. Other gallerys will open for the procession and serve as warming stations, serving Mexican hot chocolate.

Please email a description of your ofrenda (who or what you plan to
remember) and your name/group name, address, phone number and email to ofrenda517@gmail.com by Oct 20, 2007. Space maybe limited so early response is appreciated.

For more information contact: ofrenda517@gmail.com or visit www.myspace.com/ofrenda517


2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibition

Gallery ChimMaya
5283 E Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Exhibition Dates : October 14 - November 10, 2007
Opening Reception: September 14, 3pm

We have assembled many of the most important, celebrated, and collected artists of the day. Collectively their light has blazed the way for their generation, and future generations to embrace what is 'uniquely' a symbol of Latino culture.

There would be no 'Chicano / Latino Art Movement' if these visionaries had never picked up spray paint, paint brush, pen & ink, etc....capturing the imagery, emotions, and essence of 'El Espiritu', born of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities.

Artists:
David Botello, Wayne Healy, Margaret Garcia, Leo Lemon, Yolanda Gonzalez, Emilia Garcia, Ofelia Esparza, Josefina Quezada, CiCi Segura Gonzalez, Robert Palacios, Juan Solis, David Martinez, Hector Silva, Isabel Martinez, Antonio Pelayo, Christi Burgos, Robert Quijada, Laura Vasquez Rodriguez, Miguel Angel Murillo, Sergio Hernandez, Gilbert Reyes, Ixchel Amor, Luis Genaro Garcia, Arturo Rivas, Johnnie Dominguez, Vicente Adelino Telles, Cathy Ashworth, Theresa Armas, Artemio Rodriguez, Silvia Capistran.


Educating the Eye: People & Places

La Galeria at Boricua College
3755 Broadway at 156 Street 4th floor
New York, NY-10032

Exhibition Dates: November 9 - 30, 2007
Opening Reception: November 9, 6pm

Malave will be exhibiting work taken over four decades. Divided into two
groups, the first from his current book, The Tourist-Photographic
Wanderings
. These images taken in different parts of the world, look at our planet through the eyes of a wandering soul, asking us to look at what is before our eyes, at any point in time and wonder at the magic that occurs at every moment, everywhere. The images show the special quality of light in the Rain Forest of Costa Rica, people gazing at the wonders of the Sistine Chapel, Bullfights in Spain, Street Life in Mexico, New York, London, glimpses of Paris from above and below, the landscapes of Puerto Rico, Cape Cod, Connecticut, and human and family interactions everywhere.

These black and white images have a crisp graphic quality that are
classically composed, which enhances the emotional qualities that they
depict. A second series of photographs titled; 'CREATIVES' is from a large collection of portraits of writers, musicians, painters, photographers, poets, film-makers, directors and others. This selection focuses on Latinos who are helping create, maintain, expand and pass on the cultural treasures of their heritage. They include portraits of Tito Puente, Pedro Pietri, Johnny Pacheco, Louis Reyes Rivera, Sandra Maria Esteves, Piri Thomas and others. The series is a way of introducing many of the artists who have worked for decades at perfecting their art and who remain under recognized.

It is the hope of the photographer to have a larger audience become aware, to connect to, appreciate and enjoy the fruits of this nations greatest gifts, its creative beings.

Malave will be speaking on his work on Friday November 16, 2007 at 6 PM at Boricua College 4th floor gallery. The talk will center on his journeys with photography.

For event information: vcruz@boricuacollege.edu


Dia de los Muertos Altar Installation

Gallista Gallery
1913 S. Flores St.
San Antonio, TX 78204

Exhibit Dates: Nov. 2 - 10, 2007
Opening Reception: Nov. 2, 2007, 5-8pm

A collaboration by Henry De Leon and Joe López.


Globalization & War: The Aftermath

Crystal Cove Auditorium Lobby
UC Irvine Student Center
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-5075

Exhibit Dates: November 7 - Dec. 10, 2007

The Office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs at University of California Irvine is proud to announce the premiere exhibition of Professor Malaquías Montoya’s "Globalization & War – The Aftermath." Depicting the consequences of power and conflict, Montoya’s twenty-three creative works facilitate the understanding of the destruction, displacement and loss of culture brought on by man-made conflict and destruction. Each piece illustrates the human spirit in its most vulnerable state: fighting between obliteration and survival.

Professor Montoya is a leading figure in the West Coast political Chicano graphic arts movement. His previous exhibits include "PreMeditated: Meditations on Capital Punishment," a nationally recognized work that is still touring. Malaquías Montoya is described by historians as one of the founders of the “social serigraphy” movement in the San Francisco Bay area in the mid-1960’s. His “art of protest” depicts the difficulties and perseverance of humanity and the need to join the struggle to overcome obstacles to peace, equality and justice.

For more information contact Colleen, Special Events Manager, at 949-824-6025


He, She, Me Makes We!

Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art 1257 N. La Brea Ave.
SW corner of LaBrea and Foutain
West Hollywood, CA-90038

Exhibit Dates: November 17-29, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 17, 7:00 PM

A group show of all collaboration work from around the world, featuring work by Akeni (Brasil), Alex Noriega (Spain), Andrea Shear (USA), Andreas Ragnar Kasapsis (Greece), Bil Betsovic (USA), Chad Mount (USA), Christopher Ross (Canada), Daniel Bileu (Brasil), Daser (Canada), Douglas Alvarez (USA), Elena Borio (Italy), Eric Davison (USA), J. Asher Lynch (USA), Jeaneen Carlino (USA), Jeff Schultze (USA), Jennifer Davis (USA), Jesse Dickenson (USA), Jimmy Bleyer (USA), Jonathan Edelhuber (USA), Joshua Heilaman (USA), Justin Lyons (USA), Justin Sloan (USA), Ken Garduno (USA), Klone (Israel), Lauren Gardiner (USA), Marcella Franca (Brasil), Marina Romiszowska (Brasil), Oddzoo (USA), Prila Paiva (Brasil), Restitution Press (USA), Sean Christopher (USA), Sean Stepanoff (USA), Terri Berman (USA), Tom Haubrick (USA), Walt Hall (USA), Yuki Miyazaki (USA), Yulia Malinskaya (USA), Zdenek55 (USA), Zeila Trevisan (Brasil), Zosen (Spain) and more!

For more information contact Meredith at art@carmichaelgallery.com


Escuela de Guadalupe Fundraiser

Museo de las Américas
861 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

Fundraiser Date: Nov. 19th, 2007, 6:00-9:00pm

Tickets: $100/person (Escuela de Guadalupe is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 school. All cash donations and in-kind gifts tax-deductible)

Escuela de Guadalupe is in serious need of funds in order to stay open. It is a wonderful progressive duel-language Catholic school that serves children of limited financial means. We are holding a special Fiesta Fundraiser that you can participate by donating items to or come to. The children of Escuela de Guadalupe will donate some of their own art to this event. Please join us for good food, good music, good atmosphere, and great cause!

For tickets please visit events.escuelaguadalupe.org or call (303) 964-0816


Odessa/Havana

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Performance: Nov. 29, 2007

Experience the virtuosic, jazz-inflected fusion of Cuban and Jewish music by the acclaimed Odessa/Havana, a project of Canadian jazz and klezmer trumpeter David Buchbinder with Cuban pianist Hilario Durán.

Advance Tickets: Available on site at the Skirball, online at
www.skirball.org or by phone at (877) SCC-4TIX or (877) 722-4849.


Derroche de Amor/Squandering Love

Tangerine Gallery
2522 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85716

Exhibit Dates: Nov. 10 - Dec. 29, 2007
Opening Reception: Nov. 10, 12-5pm

An exhibition of paintings by Cristina Cárdenas. Tucson Museum of Art director, Robert Knight says, "Cristina Cardenas is a gifted painter whose provocative, powerful work evokes ancient knowledge and mythology. Her complex imagery is both sensual and visionary. Cristina is a major contemporary artist and one of my personal favorites."

For more information contact the gallery at 520-326-5028.


Heriberto Luna

Blue Bird Art House
6747 Bright Ave.
Whittier, Ca. 90601
562.696.9493

Exhibit Dates: Nov. 10 - December 1, 2007520-326-5028 Opening Reception: Nov. 10, 5-10pm

Heriberto Luna is an emerging artist in Los Angeles' growing art movement. Within a span of five years he has developed an impressive resume having exhibited in over a dozen major national and international museums. In 2006 Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presented him with an Award of Recognition for his accomplishments in the arts. Also in 2006 and again in 2007 he was awarded an Artist in Residence Grant by the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. His work has been featured in numerous publications.

Luna's credibility is due to his close association with major Los Angeles artists, in that he has been mentored by the best, including; Tricia Ward, Margaret Garcia, master muralist group, the East Los Street Scapers, Paul Botello, and Pola Lopez have mentored him.
His paintings are highly influenced by Pre-Columbian icons. His still figures, are reflected with a powerful palette of complimentary colors that float on a textured background which serves to dazzle the eye. Heriberto Luna's work will also be exhibit in the month of November at the Museum of History and Art, Ontario, California and the Bower Museum.

For more information contact the gallery @ bluebirdarthouse@verizon.net or 562.696.9493


Papel Chicano

Mesa Arts Center
1 East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona 85211

Exhibit Dates: Sept. 14, 2007- January 6, 2008

Papel Chicano draws from the renowned collection of entertainer and arts advocate Cheech Marín, who has amassed one of the world's largest and most comprehensive private collections of Chicano art. Papel Chicano consists of nearly 40 pastels, drawings, acrylics, and oils on paper by 17 of the most significant Chicano artists. Chicano art is characterized by rich colors and bold, intense imagery that embody and embrace U.S. Latino traditions.

For more information call the Mesa Arts Center @ 480.644.6567


Mysterium Fidei
The Art of Daniel Martin Diaz

Mesa Arts Center
1 East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona 85211

Exhibit Dates: Sept. 14 - December 2, 2007

Mysterium Fidei (Mystery of Faith) features Diaz's newest body of work, in which he contemplates the immense human suffering in the world and one's undying faith in the after-life. His mystical imagery reflects the influences of Byzantine iconagraphy, retablos, ex votos, the Illuminati, ephemera, alchemy, and 16th century anatomical engravings, which he blends with archaic imagery and old-world aesthetics. The exhibition will also include drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture that span his artistic career.

For more information call the Mesa Arts Center @ 480.644.6567


Mark of the Crow

Mesa Arts Center
1 East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona 85211

Exhibit Dates: Sept. 14 - December 23, 2007

Since its establishment in 1981, Segura Publishing Company's vast contributions have greatly impacted the local and national arts community, making them a premier fine art printmaking studio. Mesa Contemporary Arts currently houses thirty-four artworks by a variety of significant contemporary artists who have collaborated with the revered printmaker. This exhibition will showcase fifteen of these prints while honoring Joe Segura and Segura Publishing Company for their enduring commitment to quality and artistic expression.

For more information call the Mesa Arts Center @ 480.644.6567


"No Means Yes"

Patricia Correia Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave., E-2
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310.264.1760

Exhibition Dates: November 10 - January 5, 2008

Artist Reception: Saturday, November 10, 5-8PM

Patricia Correia Gallery is pleased to present No Means Yes, an exhibit of new work by internationally recognized contemporary artist Mark Kostabi. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.

For a quarter-century, Mark Kostabi has delighted art connoisseurs with aesthetic masterpieces while challenging conventional concepts of authorship and what it means to be an artist. The controversy Kostabi created in the 1980s when he announced that paid studio assistants did the majority of the work on his art was a bookend paired with Marcel Duchamp’s masterstroke works assailing convention and taste at the other end of the 20th century.

With countless television appearances and a voluminous bibliography in popular and professional media, Kostabi is an art world household name. Beyond the artist’s radical conceptual approach, the work’s obvious influences range from DiChirico and Stuart Davis to the minimal branding of classic American Pop Art.

For more information contact Gabriela M. Corchado @ 310.264.1760 or e-mail @ correia@earthlink.net.


George Yepes

Patricia Correia Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave., E-2
Santa Monica, California 90404
310.264.1760

Exhibition Dates: November 10 - January 5, 2008

Artist Reception: Saturday, November 10, 5PM - 8PM

Patricia Correia Gallery is proud to present recent works by contemporary painter George Yepes in his third solo exhibition at the gallery.

Yepes’ marriage of Mexican and European art histories, mythologies, and archetypal forms create for a decidedly distinctive style of painting. His highly recognizable treatment of painting in monumental format calls upon classical master works by Tiepolo and Rubens for inspiration. His modern portraits, comprised of hundreds of delicate overlays that weave words and imagery throughout each composition, fuse together the sensuality of Klimt with the unabashed severity of graphic novels.

George Yepes has exhibited both nationally and internationally in venues such as the Kulterhuset Stockholm Museum, Stockholm, Sweden; The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL; and L’Espace Lyonnais d’ Art Contemporain, Lyon, France. In 2007, he participated in the Los Pintores de Aztlan exhibition in La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain, which focused on contemporary Chicano art.

For more information contact Gabriela M. Corchado @ 310.264.1760 or e-mail @ correia@earthlink.net.


“The Floating World”

Metro Gallery
1835 Hyperion Avenue
Silverlake, California

Gallery Hours: 12 pm – 7 pm, Wednesday through Saturday

Exhibit on Display: October 6, 2007 to November 3, 2007

Reception: October 6, 2007, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Artist Lecture: October 6th beginning at 7:00 pm

Amidst the towering skyscrapers, congested city streets, and mounting construction in the name of urban expansion two artists, Gina Stepaniuk and Linda Vallejo, detail the awesome energy of nature in a two-woman show, “The Floating World.” To dismiss the notion that nature is something to be viewed through a car window or found between the confined spaces of concrete, both artists guide and reconnect us to a nature that is alive and vibrant. Immersing themselves in the elemental energy of the natural world, Stepaniuk and Vallejo create pieces that are much more than merely landscapes. Instead, what appears on the canvas is the at-times forgotten connection and relationship between the viewer and the experience of nature. Electric, in a state of constant flux, the paintings themselves become alive. One need only witness the paintings to experience the infusing power of nature and be reminded of its potential to (re)connect us all to a force much greater than ourselves.

For more information please contact the gallery at (323) 663-2787 or visit www.metrogallery.org


Art Contest

Posterservice Inc.
225 Northland Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45246

Exhibition: Aug. 24, 2007- Dec. 30, 2010
Reception: Aug 24, 2007 1:00am

Calling All Artists,

Posterservice Inc. is one of the countries oldest and largest poster distributors. We are currently holding an art contest. Posterservice will produce and publish the winning entry with the winner being paid royalties on a two year license agreement. Please feel free to submit and view designs at www.everybodysposters.com. The rules and guidelines are posted on the website. Privacy is a priority at www.everybodysposters.com

For more information contact: dcarvelli@posterservice.com


But it's a Dry Heat

Tempe Center for the Arts
700 West Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ

Exhibition: Sept. 9, 2007- Jan. 11, 2008
Reception: Sunday, Sept. 9, 12-4pm

Participating artists: Dan Collilns, Mary Erickson, Mark Klett, Muriel Magenta, Bob Martin, Joe Ray, Mary Shindell, Randy Slack, Filippo Tagliati, Joan Waters

Link with a map- http://www.tempe.gov/tca/About/map.htm.


Vision Gallery, Xico Inc. and the Calaca Cultural Center Present
Dia de los Muertos: A Day of the Dead Exhibit!

Vision Gallery
80 South San Marcos Place
Chandler, AZ 85225

Exhibition Date: Monday, October 22 - November 4, 2007
Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri, 10 - 5pm, Sat, 10 - 4pm

The Vision Gallery will present a two week exhibition, from October 22nd – November 4th, featuring hand-built altars and offrendas by Marco Albarran, Gloria Arvizu Thompson, Jose Benavides, Jorge Rodriguez Eagar, April Edwards, Zarco Guerrero and Carmen De Novais, Kathy Cano Murillo and Patrick Murillo, Spencer Mahaffey Maat, Ruben Maqueda, Juan Olalde and Catie Raya, and artworks by Rafael Navarro and Yvonne Torres Villareal.

The Day of the Dead is a celebration in Mexico, South America and parts of the United States where family members engage in decorating gravesites and creating altars in honor of family and friends who have passed away. Using flowers and familiar items, families partake in picnic festivities, honoring their dearly departed, by sharing memories and stories about the histories of those who have passed before us. It is a celebration honoring ancestry.

The Vision Gallery will host artworks for sale that commemorate this colorful holiday, offer gallery tours for small groups, and encourage participation in a community altar.

Participating Artists: Marco Albarran, Gloria Arvizu Thompson, Jose Benavides, Jorge Rodriguez Eagar, April Edwards, Zarco Guerrero, Carmen De Novais, Kathy Cano Murillo, Patrick Murillo, Spencer Mahaffey Maat, Ruben Maqueda, Juan Olalde, Catie Raya, Rafael Navarro, Yvonne Torres Villareal

For more information and image requests contact (480) 917-6859


Vision Gallery, Xico Inc. and the Calaca Cultural Center Present
Dia de los Muertos: A Day of the Dead Celebration and Festival!

Dr. A.J. Chandler Park
3 South Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ 85225

Festival Date: Saturday, November 3, 2007, 12 - 8pm

Chandler, AZ: The Vision Gallery, Xico Inc. and The Calaca Center are proud to join in collaboration to present Dia de los Muertos: A Day of the Dead Celebration and Festival. The collaboration of these three organizations combines the talents and experience of 31 years of one of the longest running Day of the Dead festivals in Arizona, from Xico, Inc., (formerly known as Xicanindio del Artes of Mesa), eight years of Day of the Dead Exhibitions and Celebrations, (including Vision Kidz educational workshops, artist lectures and demonstrations), from Vision Gallery, and four years of experience from ongoing cultural programming from the Calaca Cultural Center.

The Festival will feature hand-built altars, entertainment, arts and crafts Mercado featuring vendors with one of a kind artworks created by selected Arizona artists, the Vision Kidz area with hands-on activities, including sugar skulls, calacas and papel picado. Performances by Great Arizona Puppet Theater of, “Funny Bunny’s Day of the Dead Holiday Adventure” will delight children and adults alike. Additional programming for the Fesitval will include a Community Altar and 5:00 pm processional, an altar blessing, a Hispanic Filmmaker’s Forum, and demonstrations by working artists. The Calaca Cultural Center will present, “The History of Dia de los Muertos Exhibition”, a temporary exhibit featuring a historical view of the holiday. Our Dia de los Muertos stage during the Festival will present the talents of Zarco Guerrero, Mardi Dance Company, Gonzales, local organizations and bands, followed by the well-known sounds of Barrio Latino, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

The Day of the Dead is a celebration in Mexico, South America and parts of the United States where family members engage in decorating gravesites and creating altars in honor of family and friends who have passed away. Using flowers and familiar items, families partake in picnic festivities, honoring their dearly departed, by sharing memories and stories about the histories of those who have passed before us. It is a celebration honoring ancestry.

The Vision Gallery will host artworks for sale that commemorate this colorful holiday, offer gallery tours for small groups, and encourage participation in a community altar.

Participating Artists: Zarco Guerrero, Mardi Dance Company, Gonzales, Barrio Latino, Great Arizona Puppet Theater, Marco Albarran, Gloria Arvizu Thompson, Jose Benavides, Jorge Rodriguez Eagar, April Edwards, Zarco Guerrero, Carmen De Novais, Kathy Cano Murillo, Patrick Murillo, Spencer Mahaffey Maat, Ruben Maqueda, Juan Olalde, Catie Raya, Rafael Navarro, Yvonne Torres Villareal

For more information and image requests contact (480) 917-6859


Calling All Latino/a Visual Artists from the Midwest Region

Institute for Latino Studies
230 McKenna Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46615

Entries Accepted: Saturday, July 1 - December 31, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 1, 1am, 2006

Calling all Latino/a visual artists from the Midwest region! We are
collecting copies of artists' CVs to add to our Institute's Library and
Archives. Submissions will be added to our Midwest Latino/a Artists
File collection and will be made available to students and scholars studying Latino arts and culture. Do not let the history of Latino/a art in the Midwest fade, help document and preserve it by adding your name and the record of your work.

Please send CVs to The Midwest Latino Arts Documentary Heritage Project / Ms. Tracy Grimm, Archivist / Institute for Latino Studies / University of Notre Dame / 230 McKenna Hall / Notre Dame, IN 46556 / tgrimm@nd.edu

For more information click here.


Lowriders: 8th Annual Día de Los Muertos Festival Exhibit

Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology
University Drive & Mill Ave (Corner of Cady and Tyler Malls)
Tempe, AZ 85287

Exhibition: Thursday, November 1 - January 11, 2008
Reception: Thursday, November 1, 2007

Help us celebrate Día de Los Muertos this year, the Arizona State University Museum ofAnthropology is hosting an annual Día de Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) Festival Exhibit. This year's exhibit will be themed around lowriders. As icons of Mexican-American culture, lowriders, or automobiles engineered to ride close to the ground, have increasingly become part of the contemporary visual landscape that characterizes Chicano communities. This is a great opportunity to remember and pay tribute to your loved ones.

For more information contact (480) 965-6224 or click here.


Notes from the Past:
4th Annual Calaca - Día de Los Muertos Altars & Art Exhibit

Arizona Historical Society Museum
Papago Park
1300 N. College Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

Exhibit Dates: Monday, October 15 - November 4, 2007

For the past four years, Calaca Cultural Center has organized and celebrated an annual Día de Los Muertos Altars & Art Exhibit. The Mexican celebration of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has its origins in Pre-Colombian times. The Aztecs conceived of death as part of one cycle that was constant like the seasons of nature. This year the Calaca Cultural Center will incorporate individual, community and humanistic historical landmarks to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. This year’s theme is “Notes from the Past,” an opportunity to remember and pay tribute to the pieces of history in one’s life.

The 4th Annual Calaca Día de los Muertos Altar & Art Exhibit is a joint collaboration between the Calaca Cultural Center and the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park. The Calaca Cultural Center has also partnered for other Day of the Dead celebrations with the ASU Museum of Anthropology “Lowriders” 8th Annual dia de los Muertos Festival Exhibit, and with Xico Inc. and Vision Gallery for Dia de los Muertos Celebration Festival and Artists Mercado, and other community events.

For more information contact (480) 557-7195, info@calaca.org
or click here.


Memory Portraits

National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F Streets, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Exhibit Dates: May 25, 2007- January 6, 2008

“Memory Portraits,” the second exhibition in the ongoing “Portraiture Now” series, will highlight contemporary art that incorporates portraits of iconic figures as a means to explore history and culture. It will feature five artists—Brett Cook, Alfredo Arreguin, Kerry James Marshall, Tina Mion and Faith Ringgold—each of whom broaden a traditional understanding of portraiture. These artists integrate recognizable, remembered likenesses into larger explorations of personal and public identity. Portraits of such emblematic figures as Martin Luther King, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline Kennedy, Cesar Chavez and Josephine Baker serve as evocative triggers of memory for both artist and audience. In photographs, paintings, sculptural wall installations, quilts and other media, these varied artists use portraiture to confront cultural norms and practices and remind viewers of the individual’s role in their collective history.

For more information click here.