June 2009

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.

For more information email herlinda.zamora@ci.austin.tx.us.

The Will Paint for Food Show

Gallista Gallery
1913 S. Flores
San Antonio, TX

Date: June 13, 6pm

Dennis Ochoa and Martha Stroud, two former visual journalists, will paint for food... Well, it's not that bad, really, but this is their first art show since departing the newspaper industry involuntarily. Layoff lamenting aside, their new mixed media work on canvas and wood draw on their love of Mexican folk art, iconic religious imagery and cartoony Latino sensibilities.

¡Andale, vengan!

For more information visit www.gallista.com.

Pre-Hispanic Abstract

La Mancha Gallery
408 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Dates: June 11 - July 3, 2009

Intense and colorful with abstract outlines, describes the tone of the event "Pre-Hispanic Abstract," a series of acrylics presented by young Mexican artist Xavier Yarto, set to coincide with the Downtown Art walk on Thursday, June 11, 2009.

A nuance eminently abstract, the work of the artist is inspired by the Pre-Hispanic culture of Mexico. Xavier defines his collection as a recreation of Mexican Archeology with a modernist language. The self taught artist has been dedicated to painting for more than 10 years. He always an interest in developing the abstract language, the work is more specific and evident in its aesthetic composition. Using a chromatic range that is concentrated in the basic colors, the Artist incorporates ocher tones and terra cottas to emphasize the characteristics and elements that integrate the Pre-Columbian iconography. From this form, works like The Warrior (El Guerrero), Ball Player (Jugador de Pelota), and The Flutist (El Flautista).

Xavier Yarto has exhibited at many prestigious museums and galleries worldwide.

For more information contact lamanchagallery@gmail.com.

Joyas Latinamericanas

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

Dates: June 5 - September 25, 2009
Reception: June 5, 7-10pm

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.

For more information visit www.virginiamiller.com.

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
Reception: June 5, 6-10pm

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.

For more information visit www.maclaarte.org.

ICONS: New Multimedia Works by Robert Quijada

Metro Gallery
4165 Verdugo Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Dates: June 6 - 28, 2009

Both a tribute and celebration, Robert Quijada’s latest collection draws on his early childhood fascination with singers, actors, and artists—the iconic figures range from a classic post-war era to contemporary icons.  The artwork includes iconic tributes to Josephine Baker, Pablo Picasso, Carmen Miranda and Keith Haring, as well as tributes to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Echo Park Lotus Festival and Watts Towers. Like the depicted personalities themselves—varied in talents and skills—these installations utilize an array of mediums: gouache, paper, acrylic, wood, glass, photos, jewelry and other found objects.  What unite all these elements are Quijada’s extensive talents as a commercial artist and fine artist, a mastery of art that has happened after decades of creation and creativity.  The result is a truly unique style of folk art that is fed by Quijada’s tribute to memories, recollection and nostalgia.

For more information visit www.metrogallery.org.

Exhibiting Ourselves Symposium

Phoenix and Tempe, AZ

Dates: June 5-6, 2009
Reception: June 5, 6pm

You are invited to attend Exhibiting Ourselves: Representing Cultures in Museums and Cultural Centers, a national symposium taking place in Phoenix, Arizona. This free program will address key topics of cultural representation as they relate to culturally specific and minority institutions. National experts will join museum professionals, arts and culture organizers, students, artists and community members in exploring new approaches to cultural representation in an increasingly multicultural society. Locally, the symposium will examine challenges and opportunities in the Phoenix metropolitan area as local community groups gain momentum toward establishing a new center for Latino arts and culture. All programs are free and open to the public.
Friday, June 5
6:00 PM  Outreach Program & Reception by Smithsonian Latino Center
7:00 PM  Lecture by Dr. Karen Mary Davalos, Exhibiting Latino: Cultures and Identities in Museums

Location: Phoenix Museum of History, 105 N 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ, 602.253.2734
Saturday, June 6
9:00 AM  Symposium

Location: Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281, 480.929.9499


Karen Davalos, PhD. Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies at Loyola Marymount University and author of Exhibiting Mestizaje: Mexican (American) Museums in the Diaspora.

Fath Davis Ruffins, A.B.D. Curator of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Eduardo Diaz. Former Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Lisa Sasaki, MA. Director of Program Development, Japanese American National Museum.

David Shneer, PhD. Director, Program in Jewish Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Carlos Tortolero. Founding President, National Museum of Mexican Art.

Marco Albarrán. Artist and founding Director, La Calaca Latino Cultural Arts Collective, board member of the Advocates for Latino Arts and Culture.

Joe Baker (Delaware Tribe of Indians), MFA. Former Curator of Fine Art at the Heard Museum and current Director of Community Engagement at the ASU Herberger College of the Arts.

Mitch Menchaca. Senior Director of Programs, Arizona Commission on the Arts.

ErLinda Torres. Senior Vice President, The Victoria Foundation, and President of the board of directors, Advocates for Latino Arts and Culture.

Lisa Urias. President of the Phoenix-based Hispanic advertising firm Urias Communications.

For information and online registration, please visit www.exhibitingourselves.org.

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 www.museumca.org/exhibit/exhi_apim.html.

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.

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

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.

For more information visit www.berlingallery.org.

Yepes/Kane 2009

ChimMaya Gallery
5283 E. Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Dates: May 24-June 26, 2009

George Yepes and Maria Kane open an exhibition of new works at Gallery ChimMaya.

Starting in the late 1970s, George Yepes earned his reputation as a prolific painter. With grand scale and furious momentum, he has painted over 800,000 square feet of imagery onto the façades of everything from churches, hospitals, and freeway overpasses to album covers, including an award winning one for Los Lobos, La Pistola y El Corazon.

Maria Kane, born in Seoul, South Korea, has spent the majority of her life living on different military bases. Maria utilizes the knowledge she acquired while traveling from base to base to enrich her artwork which reflects the many diverse cultural experiences of her life.

For more information visit www.chimmaya.com.

Unplugged: Carlos G. Gómez on Paper

Art Center of Corpus Christi
100 N Shoreline
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Dates: June 11-26, 2009
Reception: June 11, 6pm

This is the third edition of Gómez's Work on Paper. The exhibition will consist of 250 pieces in an array of media that covers a wide selection of topics.
For information email ggomez5522@aol.com.

Tres Pintores: Carlos G. Gómez, Anthony Antinori, Gabriel Treviño

Historic Museum of Brownsville
541 E Madison
Brownsville, TX 78520

Dates: May 15-June 16, 2009
Reception: May 15, 6pm

Tres Pintores represents three artists who were born and or raised in Brownsville Texas. This exhibit is the third of a series of annual exhibitions that will acknowledge the importance of painters with Mexican-American roots and are connected to Brownsville, the Rio Grande Valley and the Mexican-Tamaulipas frontera.

The exhibition will also promote the need for a local permanent space that will exhibit important works produced by Mexican-American artists.

The annual shows will be based on a simple principle that: "though very different in styles, each artist embodies the spirit of free thinking and each has a linked unity which personifies the essence of contemporary art and its evolution."

For more information email ggomez5522@aol.com.

Earth Portraits

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N. Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA

Dates: May 9-June 7, 2009

Participating artists: Raoul De La Sota, Tina Gulotta, Andrés Montoya, Kevin Spitze, and Linda Vallejo

For more information visit www.avenue50studio.com.

Outsiders Within:
Contemporary Work by Regional Latina/o and Native American Artists

Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281

Dates: April 25-July 3, 2009

Newly created and familiar artwork by more than 17 artists with culturally rich backgrounds is on display. The exhibition seeks to explore a dialoge with the artists and audiences about the way they are affected by their own backgrounds and how that might affect their approach to visual art.

For more information contact 480/350-2TCA (2822).