August 2009

Chile Harvest Festival 2009

Lakewood Heritage Center
Wadsworth and Ohio
Lakewood, CO

Dates: August 29-30, 2009, 10am-5pm

Thanks to a partnership between the City of Lakewood and the Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC), the 2009 Chile Harvest Festival will be in full swing Augus 29 & 30 at the beautiful Lakewood Heritage Center on Wadsworth and Ohio. The festival will feature up to 65 artists showcasing both contemporary and traditional art forms. There will also be music, food, dancing and storytelling as well as many other cultural and art activities for the kids.

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Mitos y realidades en color: Pola López and Isabel Martínez

5283 East Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Opening Reception: August 23, 3-7pm

Pola López: "I acknowledge these three things: the power of color, the awareness of culture, place, identity, spirit and energy, the willingness to convey forward with respect and intent, that which we believe in. These are the qualities and strengths which have greatly directed and informed my work and path."

Isabel Martínez: "The intent of my artwork is to capture the ephemeral nature of different plants, ideas and emotions, celebrating life through forms, movement and colors. I create harmony and strength by using bright colors and alternating realism and abstraction, developing looseness and tightness at the same time."

For more information call 323.869.8881.

The Collection of the Pascual Cultural Foundation

Casa Michoacan
1638 S. Blue Island Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608

Reception: August 7, 7pm

This show includes donated prints by many prominent artists of the Taller de Grafica Popular; Salon de la Plastica Mexicana, IMBA's Escuela de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado "La Esmeralda;" and UNAM's Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas.

Artists included in the collection are:

Alfredo Zalce, Ignacio Aguirre, Jesús Alvarez Amaya, Raúl Anguiano, Luis Arenal Bastard, Santos Balmori , Alberto Beltran, Angel Bracho, Luz del Carmen Bravo Valerio, Jesús Castruita, José Chávez  Morado, Olga Costa, Julian Díaz, Francisco Dosamantes, Raselle Faure, Arturo García Bustos, Luis Garzón,  Roberto Gonzáles Lozano, Miguel Hernández Urbán, Xothiteonzin, Desiderio Hinojosa Oliverio, Amador Lugo, Francisco Luna, María Luisa Martín, Jesús Martínez, Montse Medina de Otálora, Alfredo Mereles Jaimes, Adolfo Mexiac, Hannez Meyer, Flor Minor, Rosario Monroy, Francisco Moreno Capdevilla, Nicolás Moreno, Shinzaburo Nagae Takeda, Ariosto Otero, Rubén Ruelas Ramón sosamontes, Javier Vargas Vázquez, Angel Zamarripa.

For more information call 312-491-9317.


Xico Inc.
44 S. San Marcos Place
Chandler, AZ 85224

Dates: August 8-September 5, 2009
Reception: August 8, 5:30-8:00pm

Keeping culture alive through the ages. Featuring the works of: Martín Moreno and Reggie Casillas, David and Nieves Manje, Lennée Eller and Lauren Yáñez, Steve and Danny Velazquez.

For more information call 480-833-5875.

Cultura del norte

Juarez y San Luis Potosi
Col. Centro
ALSonora, Hermosillo Mexico

Dates: August 23, 2009 - May 2010

En esta exposición, Mariana Castro de Ali utiliza la metáfora de la carne asada para resaltar la cultura del norte de México.

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Chris García/Antonio Vigil

Tropico de Nopal
1665 Beverly Blvd.
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Dates: July 31-August 29, 2009

Conversation with the artists, Thursday, August 13, 7-9pm.

For more information call 213-481-8112.

Oakland Museum of California to Close Temporarily

Oakland Museum of California
Oak Street @10th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Dates: August 23, 2009 - May 2010

The Oakland Museum of California will temporarily close to the public Sunday, August 23, at 5 p.m. to complete its ambitious renovation. We will be ready to welcome back visitors in May 2010 with a grand reopening celebration. The transformed museum promises an entirely new look at the California experience, telling stories through the many diverse voices of Californians.

Visitors can look forward to more inclusive and interactive features in our expanded Art and History galleries, a dramatic and accessible Oak Street entrance, and new public spaces. During the break the Museum will offer off-site and online programs.

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Para la gente: Art, Politics, and Cultural Identity of the Taller de Gráfica Popular

Snite Museum
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

Dates: July 12 - September 13, 2009

The forty images selected for this exhibiion are drawn from the Charles S. Hayes Collection and survey the work by the Taller de Gráfica Popular, a workshop of politically engaged artists working in Mexico City from 1937 until about 1953, when they informally disbanded and were drawn into other programs, organizations or individual projects.

These artists worked in a period of immense political change as well as rich artistic activity. Their work reflects the issues of post revolutionary Mexico's political and social upheaval. The political posters, broadsides, books, and political announcements created illustrate the TGP's direct and powerful style as well as their deep commitment and response to the agenda of political reforms that were part of the Cárdenista government in Mexico at that time. Their depictions and representations of workers and farmers, and the social struggles of the people mark the TGP as important revolutionary agents in their own right.

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Humanness Thereafter: Alejandro Padilla

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

Dates: July 11-August 5, 2009
Reception: July 11, 6-9pm

Contemporary Art Month at Gallista Gallery.

For more information call the artist at 210-978-6663.

Pencilism: Federico Uribe

Chelsea Art Museum
556 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

Dates: July 15 - Sept. 5, 2009

“Pencilism" is an installation built entirely out of color pencils. With an embroidery-like technique and almost compulsive craftsmanship, Colombian artist Federico Uribe creates a series of "paintings" and "sculptures" interacting in a silent dialogue. Using elements of art history and his own iconography he submerges the viewer into his very personal world creating a poetical and deeply psychological atmosphere that forces the viewer to re-envision how family, love and intimacy are perceived.

For more information call (786)399-4394.

Malaquías and Maceo Montoya: Dos Vistas un Camino al Rumbo de la Humanidad

Center for Mexican American Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
West Mall Building 5.102
San Antonio, TX

Dates: June 20-August 29, 2009
Reception: August 20

Malaquías and Maceo Montoya: Dos Vistas un Camino al Rumbo de la Humanidad is the first comprehensive exhibition of the artwork of Malaquías and Maceo Montoya.

Malaquías Montoya, a California-raised Chicano artist will be showcasing his newest body of work that highlights the detrimental effects of globalization and war on national communities and their cultures. Malaquías’ paintings, drawings and prints convey the universal story of the consequences of power and war. This exhibition allows the viewer to peek into the lives of those whose culture and daily life have been depleted or destroyed by corporate globalization and tragedies of war.

Maceo Montoya’s approach is more intimate, and includes striking portraits that reveal highly personal immigrant experiences. Maceo’s work depicts the daily lives of a select group: the Mexican immigrants of Northern California. His acrylic paintings are meditations on the quiet day-to-day struggle to make a home in a foreign and oftentimes resistant place. His images of men and women immersed in the vast landscapes of the agriculture valley depict solitude and loneliness but also a determined and spiritual fortitude.

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Joyas Latinamericanas

ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries
169 Madeira Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Dates: June 5 - September 25, 2009

Thanks to the current international economic situation, older works by Latin American master artists will be on view in “Joyas Latinoamericanas,” the summer exhibition at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries in Coral Gables.

Works by master artists in the exhibition will include a powerful, 78-inch expressionist canvas of a fighting cock done in 1993 by Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, a leading Puerto Rican painter; and three large oils from 1989 and 1991 by Elmar Rojas, whose canvases frequently refer to the folklore of his native Guatemala.

Other master works in the show include a five-foot canvas by one of Brazil’s foremost painters, Antonio Amaral; a 1994 canvas by Ramón Oviedo, the Dominican Republic’s great master artist; a large 1984 oil by Gina Pellón, a well-known Cuban artist; and a 1970s drawing by Francisco Toledo, one of the most important living Mexican artists.

“This year’s strained international economy has a bright side: the sale of long-cherished works of art by private owners offers art lovers an extraordinary opportunity to view older works—considered ‘jewels’—that seldom come on the art market,” noted gallery owner and director Virginia Miller.

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Visions of a New America: As Seen by Women

Cuervo Studio and Gallery
1505 E. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ

Dates: June 5 - August 7, 2009

Featuring artwork by Cristina Cárdenas, Lennee Eller, Monica Gisel Crespo, Annie López, Adriana Gallego, Wendy Weston, Ilda Veloz, Saashley, Gloria Casillas.

For more information call 602-264-8232.

Chicana/Chicano Biennial of 2009

MACLA Art Gallery
510 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA. 95113

Dates: June 5 - August 8, 2009

Over the last thirty-five years, the field of Chicana/o art and scholarship has developed and expanded exponentially. As an arts movement that developed alongside the Chicana/o civil rights struggles of the 1960s and 1970s, Chicana/o art emerged in direct correlation to social change.

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The Nature of It: Art & the Animal

Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix AZ, 85004

Dates: May 15-September 30, 2009
Reception: May 15, 6:30-8pm

A diverse selection of distinctive yet affordable artworks featuring the likeness of animals by many of the Berlin Gallery's most respected artists. The true diversity of the contemporary American Indian art movement is showcased through glass, works on paper, paintings, photography and sculpture.

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The African Presence in México: From Yanga to the Present

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak @ 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Dates: May 9-August 23, 2009

This exhibition examines the overlooked history of African contributions to Mexican culture. In 1609 Yanga, an African leader, founded the first free African township in the Americas? almost a century after Africans first arrived in Mexico (in 1519). Africans have continued to contribute their artistic, culinary, musical, and cultural traditions to Mexican culture. The exhibition features paintings, prints, movie posters, photographs, sculpture, costumes, masks, musical instruments, and other artifacts. The exhibition was curated by Sagrario Cruz-Carretero of the University of Veracruz and Cesáreo Moreno, visual arts director at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago.

For more information, including events at the museum related to this exhibition, visit

On July 3 is one of these related events, "The Afro-Mexican Presence in Films," an evening of films exploring the topic of the African presence in Mexico: The Forgotten Root/La Raiz Olvidada by Rafael Rebollar Corona (Spanish with English subtitles); The Third Root by Reed Rickert and Camilo Nu; film clips of singer Toña La Negra with commentary by Chuy Varela. Music by members of Cascada de Flores. At 6 p.m. tour the special exhibition The African Presence in Mexico with Evelyn Orantes, cultural arts developer. Part of OMCA's First Fridays After Five. Included with museum admission.