September 2009

El Teatro Campesino: La carpa de los rasquachis

Arizona State University Galvin Playhouse
10th Street and Mill Avenue in the Nelson Fine Arts Center
Tempe, AZ

Date: September 25-26, 2009, 7:30pm
Tickets: $7

Luis Valdez’s “La Carpa de los Rasquachis” (The Tent of the Underdogs) is essentially an immigrant’s story--the epic tale of Chicano farm worker in the United States of America .

“La Carpa” unfolds with the struggles, frustrations and ultimate victory of Jesús Pelado Rasquachi in a rich saga brought to life with Mexican ballads known as corridos. Corridos are earthy narratives often sun to celebrate life’s triumphs and tribulations-usually with ironic humor and a rollicking Tex-Mex beat.

“La Carpa de los Rasquachis” follows Pelado on his journey after he decides to leave his mother in Mexico with hopes of “getting rich” as a bracero in the United States .

Misfortune and fate stalks Pelado in the guise of El Diablo--the Devil, and La Calavera--Death. Continually tricked and betrayed, Pelado becomes a pathetic and comical figurine in the hands of manipulative growers, contractors, social workers and finally, the undertaker.

For more information email Carla.Melo@asu.edu.


Finjamos sque soy feliz: Mariana Castro de Ali

Greca Galería
Plaza Guayacanes, Blvd.
Morelos 389 L.21 Mexíco

Date: September 17-October 1, 2009

Finjamos que soy feliz este 17 de Septiembre en Greca Galería, la exposición consta en su mayoría de instalaciones hechas con tampones femeninos, sonido y video. Este trabajo cuestiona temas sobre genero.

For more information email mariana@castrodeali.com.


Alex Rubio: Paintings and Drawings

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
131 N. Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA 90042

Date: September 15, 2009, 6pm

Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present the paintings and drawings of San Antonio artist Alex Rubio. Rubio’s work speaks of the Latino experience in a fiery fantastical world. His palette of bright colors, reflective of the San Antonio sun, explodes onto the canvas in swirling and undulating waves, as if each stroke transmits energy vibrating around and within the body. No stasis here. Rubio’s large-scale black and white drawings reflect that same intensity -- sans color.

Alex Rubio is one of Cheech Marín's collected artists in the Chicano Visions exhibition. He is widely collected. Alex currently works at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, TX as an instructor and studio arts manager.

For more information call (323) 258-1435.


Portrait of Xicano Conscience: The Great Judge Albert A. Peña, Jr.

Downtown San Antonio Central Library Gallery
600 Soledad
San Antonio, TX 78205

Date: September 15, 2009, 6pm

Twenty-five artists give homage to the great Mexican American and Chicano civil rights leader Judge Albert A. Peña, Jr. by painting interpretive portraits of him.

For more information call (210) 207-2500.


Lecture: Art as Identity

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

Date: September 18, 2009, 7pm

Lecture by Joe Ray and Kade Twist.

For more information call 602.346.8250.


Luis De La Torre: Welcome to the Holy Land

Latino Arts, Inc.
1028 S. 9th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Dates: September 11-October 9, 2009

Chicago-based artist Luis De La Torre uses the language of colors, shapes and shadows to communicate his experience of being a Mexican American in the 21st century. Born in Texas and raised in both Mexico and Chicago, De La Torre uses a variety of mediums, including watercolor and oil painting, to project his vivid visions that come from straddling two seemingly different worlds throughout his life.

His thought-provoking and colorful artwork incorporates elements of time, history and geography and touches on universal themes such as war, spiraling economies, and the commercialization of humanity.

For more information call (414) 384-3100.


Rene Arceo: Artist's Book Fundraiser

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

Dates: September 4, 2009, 6-9pm

The Federation of Michoacán Clubs in Illinois (FEDECMI) invites you to a reception and art sale. Funds raised will help FEDECMI publish an art book about artist Rene Arceo.

For more information call 312-491-9317.


Hahtinu Niish (Red Moon)

Chicano Humanities and Arts Council
772 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Colorado

Dates: September 2-26, 2009
Reception: September 4, 6-10pm

Featured artists: Alistair Bane, Mardelle Espinoza, Reuben Espinoza, REnee Fajardo, Joe N. Martinez, Frank Policiano, Robert Martinez, Thompson Williams

For more information call 303-571-0440.


Generations

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

Dates: August 8-September 5, 2009

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.


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.


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.

For more information visit nd.edu/~sniteart.




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.

For more information visit www.berlingallery.org.


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.

For more information visit www.virginiamiller.com.