2. John Valadez en résidence artistique au musée d’Aquitaine

    via Musée d’Aquitaine:
    Discover through the video, the backstages of the artistic residence of John Valadez at Musée d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux, France, for the exhibition “Chicano Dream”

    The Musée d’Aquitaine has chosen to exhibit the private collection of Richard Anthony “Cheech” Marin, the Los Angeles-based film director, actor and screenwriter. Over the last 30 years Cheech Marin has supported the greatest Mexican-American artists of Los Angeles.

    Chicano Dream' - Chicano Artists from the Cheech Marin Collection (1980-2010), runs from June 27th to October 26th 2014


  3. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT attends: ‘A Tribute To Emigdio Vasquez’, From the Artists of OCLAN (Orange County Latino Artist Network) opening reception 2014

    CAM: Emigdio Vasquez (Arizona 1939 - 2014) REST IN PEACE. I wanted to share my write up again as tribute to an amazing artist. I just learned Mr. Vasquez passed away last week (August 8, 2014) at the age of 74 years old. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT blog sends their condolences to the Vasquez family.


    On Saturday, March 1st, 2014 I attended the opening reception to 'A Tribute To Emigdio Vasquez', From the Artists of OCLAN (Orange County Latino Artist Network) at the Orange County Center For Contemporary Art (OCCCA) in the city of Santa Ana, California. Which will run March 1st-29th 2014.

    imageEmigdio Vasquez - (Left) “Hard Times” 36x46 1973 (Right) “Felix Camp” 30x36 1974

    The opening reception took place during the monthly Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk and my focus was on attending the exhibition at OCCCA to view the wonderful artworks by the Latino artists who were participating. Especially Mr. Emigdio Vasquez's artworks that were accumulated for his tribute. Previous to this showcase I had only been able to view his works individually in group shows and examine the murals he has created in the city of Orange, California. So partaking in this exhibit was a priority for me to survey the artist work. Walking into the gallery I first came upon two large majestic artworks by Emigdio. “Hard Times" from his Street Scenes series and "Felix Camp" from the Workers series. Which were impressive pieces to be received in with at the Orange County Center For Contemporary Art (OCCCA) space.
    imageEmigdio Vasquez - “A Sunday Afternoon at the Harmony Park” 20x35 1999

    Once in the main gallery at OCCCA I took notice that the weekends precipitation did not keep away people for the 'A Tribute To Emigdio Vasquez' exhibition. Which was healthily attended by supporters of the Chicano masters contributions to the movement. The exhibit did not just consist of Emigdio Vasquez's artworks, other participating exhibiting artists were:
    Jess Valenzuela, Abram Moya Jr, Matthew Barrios Southgate, Jose Lozano, Ben Valenzuela, Henry Godines, Rosemary V Tuthill, Gregg Stone, and Guillermo Avalos. Reception festivities included a live performance by the band Manos De Fuego, they covered some classic Santana tunes while I was in attendance and kept the atmosphere upbeat.
    imageJose Lozano - “The Red Balloon Lounge” 2013

    It was also terrific to see my friend Jose Lozano’s artworks that were included in the show, and artist Henry Godines' fascinating, “5:30 PM Going Home" an Oil on masonite painting which had drawn me in with its surreal qualities. I contemplated on its subject matter and his attention to detail for sometime. Prior to leaving I even made a return trip to that specific artwork to bask in Mr. Godines' panel for another moment.
    imageHenry Godines - “5:30 PM Going Home” Oil on masonite panel 20x28 inches

    The main gallery at OCCCA housed the majority of Mr. Emigdio Vazquez's artworks in the exhibition. Recollecting, all the works in the A Tribute To Emigdio Vasquez were original paintings, from his many different series he has created through the decades as a professional artist. Walking through the exhibit each of Mr. Vasquez's paintings became more engaging and as a whole narrated a much broader account of his lifes work. My favored Emigdio Vasquez's artworks in the tribute exhibition had to be, “A Sunday Afternoon at the Harmony Park”, in which the artist has depicted the Pachuco culture in celebration, and “Operation Gate Keeper”, where he presents one of the many obstacles the undocumented face while in search of financial stability. In addition, both were prime examples of the artist signature style.
    imagePhoto of Manos De Fuego live performance at ‘A Tribute To Emigdio Vasquez’, Orange County Center For Contemporary Art

    I would like to thank artists Emigdio Vasquez, Rosemary Vasquez-Tuthill, Jose Lozano, Henry Godines and Stephen Anderson, Executive Director at Orange County Center For Contemporary Art (OCCCA) for the opportunity to share artwork in the exhibition.

    For more information on 'A Tribute To Emigdio Vasquez', exhibition visit: www.occca.org
    imageEmigdio Vasquez - “Operation Gate Keeper” 22x55 1994

    More images visit: CHICANO ART MOVEMENT/Facebook page


  4. zpvisual:

    Excited to share this collaborative body of work. Lots of research has gone into this. I’ve gained so much insight. And I have a renewed gratitude and respect for something that affects every aspect of our lives.
    WATERBOUND is an on-going transmedia project that explores the symbolic and actual roles water plays in our border community. The August 9th exhibit will feature four large paintings, an installation and a video projection. There will be an opening & closing ceremony honoring water and our Rio Bravo/Grande. Participants will be invited to participate in the installation and have their own stories about water documented. With the support of the City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

    Saturday, August 09, 2014 - 5pm -9pm
    La Hacienda Restaurant - Outdoor Courtyard : 1704 West Paisano, El Paso TX
    Free Admission
    Info: www.zpvisual.com/waterbound


  5. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT presents: The artwork of CHAZ BOJÓRQUEZ

    Here is my second installment of slideshows that I have produced to celebrate Chicana/o and Mexican-American artists who I consider to be significant contributors to the movement.
    My next showcase is legendary graffiti artist Chaz Bojorquez. I came upon Mr. Bojorquez’s creations early on in my education of Chicano and Mexican-American art. It was Chaz’s mesmerizing calligraphy based works that I first became familiar with, and soon after, I also discovered he was the creator of the infamous Señor Suerte image. It has become so iconic I have encountered people with nominal to no art experience who are au fait of Señor Suerte. His artworks stand as tribute to the allure and rawness that is Los Angeles’ artistic chicano culture multifarious facets.

    All Photos included in slideshow captured during solo and group exhibitions I have attended where Mr. Chaz Bojorquez’s artwork has been showcased.
    All images are shared with permission of the artist.

    As an aspiring curator and art connoisseur, I thought this would be my creative method to display art to the masses (independent from any art institution) with an added a soundtrack for a lasting visual and auditory effect. Additionally, this visual slideshow accommodates those people who love art and who do not have the accessibility to the artists themselves nor to the venues of this section of American art.
    My goal is to also educate, inform, and, perhaps, give some form of inspiration to the present and future generations.
    Slideshow production and photos by: Robert Carpintero (CHICANO ART MOVEMENT)

    Music: Little Child Runnin’ Wild Artist: Curtis Mayfield




  6. (Top) Detail: Chicano Batman logo shirt (Middle) Chicano Batman performing (Bottom) Chicano Batman logo shirt

    On Saturday July 26th, 2014 we took a trip to Downtown Santa Ana, California to take part in a live show by Chicano Batman. The rousing performance was part of 'Musica En Movimiento' art and music festival, which was headlined by Chicano Batman. 'Musica En Movimiento' was a family friendly event that took place to benefit El Centro Cultural de Mexico of Santa Ana.
    The band played a majority of their hit songs during the nights set, such as, "La Tigresa", "Magma", "La Samoana" and the crowds favorite of the night, "Itotiani".
    In support of the band I purchased a Chicano Batman emblem shirt (pictured above), and was gifted a sticker of their logo.
    Other notable bands we watched perform that night at the art and music festival were, Viento Callejero, Cuicani and the rambunctious Cuahutemoc.



    Look who’s all grown up and got a YouTube channel!

    View us at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpn8qjbVoEBk4gHdHVPAIGA


  8. museumoflatinamericanart:

    We are proud to be a part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA which will focus on Latin American and Latino art. You can read more about it here.


  9. 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.



  11. 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


  12. 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.