(Bottom photo: Emmanuel C. Montoya - Egypt’s Contribution to European Civialzation)
(Top photo: entrance to library where 3 spectacular artworks by “Apachicano” artist Emmanuel C. Montoya are located)
I was eager to share this post first, the Mission District was supposed to be our second art day filled trip in the SF area which I was going to share with you readers. But just like the weather in San Francisco (which I enjoyed) things changed quickly. The plan was to visit two gallery exhibits and the Library in the Mission District. The first exhibit we attempted to document in the Mission District was Artist Juan R. Fuentes exhibit entitled, "Trasferrencia De Luz" at A.G. Artillery Apparel. Unfortunately we were not allowed to photograph any of Mr. Fuentes’s beautiful Linocut works in the exhibit. After a quick view of "Trasferrencia De Luz" we headed to show number two in the Mission District, which was planned to be Rio Yanez’s “POCHO ADVENTURE CLUB" at the legendary Latino institution, Galeria De La Raza. This was the exhibit I was anticipating on viewing while staying in the SF area. I was also excited to step foot in this famed Latino institution that has exhibited many renowned Chicano and Mexican-American artists. We visited Galeria de La Raza during normal business hours and were greeted by the gallery attendant who was sitting down typing away on her laptop. Not being able to find an entrance in to the "POCHO ADVENTURE CLUB" exhibition, I politely asked her if we could view the Rio Yanez exhibit, which we were quickly denied to survey and explained to it was do to due to short staffing and a cluttered gallery where Mr. Yanez’s exhibition was being shown. I try to keep this blog positive, but not being able to view Mr. Yanez’s exhibit was a Major Disappointment and has left me a little sour on this famed institution that I have respected so much. I was able to capture some images of Mr. Rio Yanez’s printed black & White cutouts in front of the gallery windows, but those will stay in the personal archive. Swinging and missing twice and feeling as if we were not receiving support from the Raza in the Mission District I was ready to call it a day and get out of Dodge. Anita and I decided to stay a bit longer and have a bite to eat.
(Top)Emmanuel Catarino Montoya II - Deities of Knowledge, Culture and Literature. Three Miixed Media Lino-Cut Prints (Top: Quetzalcoatl: Pre-Colombian Deity of Knowledge and Culture)
(Bottom: Emmanuel Catarino Montoya - “Wen’Chang: Chinese Deity of Literature”)
After some very tasty Pupusas (carnitas, cheese and beans) and help from Google maps we decided to make the last stop we scheduled to save this outing for our quest of Chicano and Mexican-American art in the Mission District. The San Francisco public Library, Mission Branch. That is where three limited edition masterpieces by "Apachicano" artist Emmanuel C. Montoya are located for public viewing.
Emmanuel Catarino Montoya is a Master Printmaker ~ Muralist ~ Art Educator Enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas, Inc.
Born in the small south coastal town of Corpus Christi, Texas. Emmanuel resided in the San Francisco Bay Area for forty-eight years where he attended high school and went on to college and earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at San Francisco State University.
When I first walked into the library I initially walked by Mr. Montoya’s, "Egypt’s Contribution to European Civialzation" artwork due to me not being familiar with the technique he used in this specific artwork. Placed next to it on its left was a piece very much in his recognizable style, and the piece that made me forget my prior art strikeouts in the Mission District. "Quetzalcoatl: Pre-Colombian Deity of Knowledge and Culture", A museum size, multi-colored Linoleum cut work of art. Which I instantly gravitated to and wanted to absorb every detail in the "Quetzalcoatl: Pre-Colombian Deity of Knowledge and Culture" mixed media lino-cut. This artwork has to be the most amazing interpretation of Quetzalcoatl that I have ever seen.
The third artwork of Mr. Montoya’s in the library was another piece in a style that I have never seen him create in, but also enjoyed very much was, "Wen’Chang: Chinese Deity of Literature". Anita and I loitered around this one the longest admiring the great detail Mr. Montoya put into this magnificent artwork.
(Emmanuel C. Montoya Lino-cut mixed media artworks at the San Francisco Library, Mission Branch in San Francisco, California)
Although our art filled day had a detour or two it was an enjoyable spending the day walking around the Mission District with Anita exploring this culturally vibrant Latino neighborhood.
I would like to thank helpful and friendly Librarians at the San Francisco Library in the Mission District, who also guided us to more Chicano and Mexican-American art in the area.
San Francisco is awesome and I already have plans to return soon.
More detailed images @ CHICANO ART MOVEMENT/Facebook page