1. melaniecervantes:

    This summer @jesusvbarraza and I will be traveling to Bordeaux, France for the opening of this exhibit “Chicano Dream. We will both have several pieces in the exhibit. It will be our first time traveling to Europe. Wish us luck! #chicanodream #chicanoart #cheechmarin #art #screenprinting #dignidadrebelde


  2. El-Haru Kuroi - "El Cucui" (video 2014)

    El-Haru Kuroi is: Eddika E. Organista, Michael A. Ibarra, and Dominique Rodriguez

    Via El-Haru Kuroi:
    El Haru Kuroi, an East Los Angeles trio rooted in Mexican, South American and African melodies and rhythms has initiated a fierce style and sound.

    Grupo El-Haru Kuroi performs throughout the Los Angeles area in community and cultural festivals, gallery openings and various clubs. They have performed at First Fridays at the Natural History Museum, The Levitt Pavillion in MacArther Park, The Eagle Rock Music Festival and The Mayan Theater, opening up for Gogol Bordello. They have also ventured on a South West tour toward New Orleans spreading their sound in other parts of America.

    Their music is also featured in an independent film, most recently the documentary, “Homeboy,” one of the first of its kind, to explore homosexuality amongst the Mexican American cholo community, in the 80’s and 90’s.

    El Haru Kuroi has two full length albums and one acoustic EP. The release of the newest album”CantaGallo,” is the latest sound of El-Haru Kuroi as they continue to evolve as people and musicians, bringing a sound of their own: ” East Los Angeles Nueva Tropicalia.” Currently, El-Haru Kuroi is working on their next albums, which include an Acoustic LP, a Two Song 7”, and an Electric Full Lenght, with singles to be released periodically during the process.

    More info on the band visit: http://www.elharukuroi.com

    I came upon El-Haru Kuroi's music a few months back through their gigs with a CAM favorite Chicano Batman. When the video for “El Cucui” was released earlier this month I wanted to share the upbeat musical composition and the visuals of this very talented band. To me “El Cucui” has a very reminiscent sound of the classic Sonora Dinamita dance floor fillers, which I can bet this song has that effect too.

    I sent out an email to the band to find out more about them and the song that had me groovin’.
    I received a response from Eddika (voice/guitar), who was kind enough to answer all my questions. She also shared with me the process it took in creating the video for “El Cucui” composition.

    Via El-Haru Kuroi (Eddika):
    "Well in respect to the song, its a well known folk tale that has many versions throughout Latin America and even here in the states regarding what the "boogie man" or "El Cu Cui" might do out there in the night. For children, usually El Cu Cui is a scare tactic used by parents and it was created a while back for a halloween show that we were in. Regarding the video, it was a long process which began round 2007. The process being the construction of all the masks that you see in the video, which were hand built (paper machie) and individually painted. Some were built back in 2007 to be stored and partially deteriorating for years because of other priorities that came up. But finally we finished the masks and shot scenes last year at the Linda Vista Hospital and the final scenes this year in the vicinity of City Terrace, Boyle Heights and East LA as well as the bar scene at Las Palomas in Boyle Heights on 1st. St."

    El-Haru Kuroi will be performing June 20, 2014 with Chicano Batman, Quita Penas, Viento Callejero at Mission Tobacco Lounge in Riverside, CA.


  3. Chicano Batman - “La Tigresa” from the Joven Navegante EP

    CHICANO BATMAN is Eduardo Arenas (bass, guitar & vocals), Carlos Arévalo (guitar), Bardo Martinez (guitar, organ, vocals), Gabriel Villa (drums, percussion). ALL SONGS by Bardo Martinez & Chicano Batman.


  4. thegetty:

    L.A. “was born as an idea” with a mission to be an intersection of cultures. —LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

    Pacific Standard Time is back to explore Latin American and Latin@ art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

    A list of the 40+ grant recipients here!




  6. image: Ricardo Valverde, Boulevard Night, 1979/1991, Gelatin silver print, hand applied pigment, 11x14 inches, Esperanza Valverde and Christopher J. Valverde Collection

    Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971 - 1996
    May 17 to July 26, 2014
    Large Gallery
    Opening Reception on Saturday, May 17, 4 to 6 p.m.

    The late Los Angeles-based photographer and artist Ricardo Valverde (1946-1998) is featured in a career retrospective at VPAM. The exhibition is guest-curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and highlights more than one hundred artworks spanning a twenty-five-year period of production.

    Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971-1996, includes works in a wide range of media, from black-and-white and color photographs, to solarized and intervened gelatin silver prints, to painterly collages that incorporate photographs and are mounted on canvas. The exhibition includes several videos; slide projections from Valverde’s photographs of lowriders, Day of the Dead celebrations, commercial signage; a light box with experimental slides treated as sculptural objects; and ceramic sculptures that resonate with his photography.

    VPAM’s exhibition is the first survey of Valverde’s extensive body of work, and it is undertaken in partnership with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC), which recently published Ricardo Valverde, a new monograph in its award-winning A Ver: Revisioning Art History series. “With Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971-1996, we are working together in order to develop and present a comprehensive exhibition on a major L.A. artist who has been overlooked for too long,” explains CSRC director Chon A. Noriega. “Valverde was highly influenced by the New York School of street photographers and yet his photographs were never simply documents. They are works of art, visual artifacts of urban modern life in East L.A. during his lifetime, and a very personal expression unlike that of any other celebrated art photographer from Los Angeles.”

    Valverde’s artwork is included in collections in the U.S., Mexico, and Cuba, and his photographs were exhibited most recently in the Getty Foundation’s 2011-12 initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980, with multiple works in two exhibitions: Asco: Elite of the Obscure at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles,1930-1985, at the Museum of Latin American Art.

    Public Programming:
    Panel Discussion
    Saturday, June 14, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Join Chon A. Noriega in conversation with the exhibition’s curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill,
    author Ramón García, and artist Rubén Ortiz Torres.

    Curator’s Walk Through
    Saturday, June 21, 2:00 p.m.
    Walk through of the exhibition with guest curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill.

    All events and programs are free and open to the public.

    About the Curator:
    Cecilia Fajardo-Hill is an independent curator specializing in modern and contemporary Latin American art. She has served as chief curator at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, and as director and chief curator for the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation and the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. She is currently a visiting scholar at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

    Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) on the campus of East Los Angeles College (ELAC) has been open in its brand new facility since May 2011. At 40,000 square feet, it is the largest museum serving the San Gabriel Valley. And, as part the Performing & Fine Arts Center on campus, VPAM is dedicated to the presentation of significant and wide-ranging exhibitions that directly benefit ELAC and all of our surrounding communities.

    For complete exhibition descriptions, related free programs, public hours, parking, and other information: http://vincentpriceartmuseum.org


  7. robertvaladez:

    Art by Robert Valadez: Sub-Comandante Marcos.


  8. dignidadrebelde:

    Super excited that we got permission from Yolanda Lopez to print some of her classic “Who’s the Illegal Alien Pilgrim” poster she made back in 1978 for our print party tomorrow. I first remember seeing this poster being distributed in San Ysidro during the protests of the quincentennial in 1992 and it blew me away and helped me understand the power of political art.


  9. chicanobatman:

    All ages with The Soft White Sixties. Friday April 25, 2014. For info and tickets click here


  10. robertvaladez:

    Rosita Adelita

    Via Robert Valadez: “Rosita” acrylic on canvas This painting was created based on an idea from my friend Isabel Morales,(who also posed for the picture). The image is based on the very famous “Rosie the Riveter” poster from World War ll. Here she is combined with another fictional pre-feminist archetype, La Adelita, a character of song and story who represented all the women who participated in the Mexican Revolution of the 1900’s. I paint her here with hopes that she may inspire a new Mexican Revolution.

  11. thinkmexican:

    44th Chicano Park Day Celebration

    Organized by the Chicano Park Steering Committee

    The 44th annual Chicano Park Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10 am to 5 pm in historic Chicano Park, located in the Barrio Logan community, south of downtown San Diego, under the San Diego-Coronado bridge. This family event is always free and open to the public. The theme for the 2014 celebration is “La Tierra Es De Quien La Trabaja: The Land Belongs To Those Who Work It.”

    Visitors to Chicano Park Day will experience traditional music and dance, including one of the most beautiful performances of Aztec Indigenous dance, coordinated by Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca. Other dance groups include ballet folklorico troupes, Ballet Folklorico Tierra, Flor y Canto and Ballet Folklorico Azquetzalli and danza Zapateado rebelde by Mujeres en Resistencia. The event will also include a blessing by Tim Red Bird and the Red Warriors.

    Live bands performing this year include Chocolate Revolution, Los Nativos, Sumatra, Big Quarters, Ruby Clouds, Trigger Nasty, Mariachi Imperial de San Diego, 2MX2, Project Unknown (Logan Teen Music Program), Back N Time, Radio La Chusma and Bill Caballero and friends. Speakers include Georgette Gomez of the Environmental Health Coalition and Rudy Gonzalez, son of the late Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales from the Crusade for Justice in Denver, Colorado and representatives from the Brown Berets de Aztlan, Amigos Car Club, Via International and the Chicano Park Steering Committee.

    In addition, there will be a display of classic lowrider cars organized by the Amigos Car Club, kids (all ages) art workshop and various informational booths. Food, arts and crafts vendors will be selling their specialties throughout Chicano Park.

    For more information, visit Chicano-Park.com and the Chicano Park Steering Committee Facebook page.


  12. philiplumbang:

    The full set. @ernestoyerena #deadrelatives

    CAM: Artists Philip Lumbang and Ernesto Yerena “Dead Relatives” print set collaboration. 8 Open Edition Signed prints 4x6 inches (postcard size) Screen Prints Signed by both artists