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City of Coachella’s longest Chicano/Mexican historical timeline mural
About a month ago I received a message from Oralia (Yaya), Founder and President of Culturas1 Music & Art through the CHICANO ART MOVEMENT Facebook page. Oralia wrote to me about the project which she was working on with her city. The endeavor she spoke to me about was the longest Chicano/Mexican historical timeline mural in the City of Coachella, California. What interested me about Culturas1 Music & Arts project was the community involvement of the beautification of their city. I wanted share what they were doing in Coachella, so I asked Oralia if she would send me some images and a write up to share with all the CHICANO ART MOVEMENT readers and beyond to help promote the feat they are on the verge of accomplishing.
If you would like to visit City of Coachella’s longest Chicano/Mexican historical timeline mural it is located at: 85-471 Bagdad Ave on Shady Lane. Or if you would like Information for tours or questions can be addressed to Ruben Gonzalez, Projects Coordinator or email Culturas1 Music & Art.
Artists, Curators, galleries and museums! Culturas1 Music & Art is looking for Chicano and Mexican art exhibitions to travel to their city. If you have a exhibition which you would like to show to the Coachella Valley masses connect with them.
As Oralia (Culturas Music & Art) said: “It would be awesome to see what the great City of Los Angeles is doing and expose the beautiful arte that is being created or have creating for years.”
Contact them here: email@example.com
More images at: CHICANO ART MOVEMENT Facebook page
via Culturas Music & Arts:
Culturas Music & Arts (CMA), mission is to support all individuals to form strong positive community values, cultural understanding, and artistic awareness within themselves and others by ensuring a safe, healthy, educational environment that promotes art, music, dance, and theater.
In 2008 a small group of local Coachella residents were concerned with the lack of public art programs in our community. Culturas Music & Arts was formed to try and addressed those issues.
In the late 70’s early 80’s a mural was painted depicting Chicano History by Artistas del Valle, a group of young Chicano artists. The Chicano mural was never finished due to lack of funds. Years passed and the mural began to fade and wall began to collapse, years later a new wall took its place.
In 2009 CMA began to organize to replace a whole new mural. We submitted a proposal to the City of Coachella for funding of material and paint. CMA requested and posted a call for artists. All artists would be on a volunteer basis. A panel of 3 committee members would oversee and would be responsible for picking the artists. Each artist was assigned a 6’ x 50” panel and was given a historical timeline to research, and then an accurate sketch of the timeline had to be submitted for approval. Once approved, the artist would either sketch free hand or project in black and white, and then sketched. The research provided an opportunity to gain knowledge of important events; contributions and struggles Chicano/Mexicans people. Each panel is different in style and shows the individual talents and styles of each artist. The mural (research was done) is the second longest historical timeline mural in California that we know of and we are proud to have painted in the City of Coachella. The mural actually began in 2011.
The beginning of the mural reads; this mural is dedicated to the mystic City of Aztlan and the great people of the Mexica, past, present and future.
Artists and their timeline;
Pre-Columbian; Victor Pacillo & Chris Pacillo
Colonization; Chris Sanchez
Mexican Independence; Cuahtemoc Aldrete
Mexican/Spanish War; The Alamo, Los Ninos Heros, Cece & Ryan Bowens.
French/Mexican War; Cinco De Mayo, Sal Gomez, George Mendez, Pedro Facio
Mexican Revolution; “Dreamer” (sketch), Kimberley Garcia, Keila Cupil,
Mexican Folklore; Cortez, Vasquez, Murrieta; Frank & Oscar Lemus
Zoot Riots, Chavez Ravine; Gina Ortega, Johnny Esquivel
War 1&11, Chris Redman, Moe Ramos, Robbie Ochoa, Jerry Cervantes
Mexican Artists, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Cemente Sequiros, David A. Orozco, Lorena Carrington; Princess Ramirez
A small mural of La IIorna; Princessa Ramierz
Mosic of the Virgen; Ruben R Gonzalez
Mexican Golden Era of Music & Film; Keila Cupil
The Braceros Period; Joe Noe Hernandez
Chicano Music Wave; Date Farmers
Chicanos in Vietnam; Chris Redman, Landon Johnson
Cesar Chavez & UFW’s; Jesus Gonzalez, Octavio Gonzalez
Chicano Movement; Raices Members, Gabriel Perez, Carlos Gonzalez, Tone Rubio
Lowrider Movement; (Still need to be finished) Jerry Cervantes, Robbie Ochoa, J J Perez,
Chicanos in Government and leadership; Jesus Olivares
At the end of the mural, some small images of Chicanos in education
Around the corner of the wall an image of Aztec Peloteros and images of the 52 cycles, (Which is pretty interesting because the mural ends in the corner of Ave 52).
Besides these artists there have been many volunteers, often local residents who just wanted to assist, help paint something. It’s been a great journey. I find it a relief that we are almost done, yet there is sadness. The mural has been our life, we slept, drank mural. But, I must say I can’t wait to finish it up in the next two weeks so we can start a new project.
Photos courtesy of: Bri Urena
More info on CMA visit: Culturas1 Music & Art Facebook
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3rd International Exhibit
“Women of Yesteryear, Today…& Forever”
Opening Reception, Saturday, March 9th at 7pm
Vino & Hors d’oeuvres
Entertainment / Show Artistico:
* Danza Azteca Coatlicue Cemilitzli*
* Cantautor y Promotor Cultural Mexicano : Eduardo Parra*
* Platica “No a la Violencia Domestica”
Expositor: Cathy Mendonca Activist Gabriela Network / AF3IRM
Art Curators: Rogelio Casas & Marisol De Las Casas
2004 Park Blvd., San Diego, Califaz, 92101
The fact that nearly half of the population of Los Angeles has roots in Latin America is so profound that it warrants a major exhibition and research project with accompanying publications,” said Getty Trust head James Cuno. “These are complicated roots, over many generations, and relationships between the U.S. and those antecedent countries have changed considerably over time, so we want to be respectful of those complexities.
Today I got to help out my friend/mentor Margaret Garcia with this flyer for a show she curated here in LA…I now realize that I love design a lot more than I actually thought.
This is a great start to actually go back and build my portfolio…I think I just needed to see what I produce has an “end” result, a happy “client”
Anyways, enough about that - Here are the details for the show:
Casa 0101 Production
Runs from Nov. 3, 2012-Nov 18, 2012
8 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE MY LIFE
A production at CASA 0101 Theatre
an exhibit of Women artists
Curated by Margaret Garcia
Co-Curated by Sonji Mariposa
VERVE /vɜrv/ noun
1.enthusiasm or vigor, as in literary or artistic work; spirit:
2.vivaciousness; liveliness; animationThe Works here have a grace of form and figure many expressing light as a form of sublime celebration. From these women this celebration communicates the Verve of Life our work bestows on us. The Feminine Perspective of strength and beauty, with a fierce expression of talent.
As an artist I have been acknowledged and often asked by other women artists; “How were you able to build such a career and be celebrated as you are?” What I have come to understand is that there is no shortage of talent amongst women Artists and writers, though many have not been recognized within the community. Sometimes we wait for a gallery, curator, or historian to recognize us, to validate what we know; and that is that we are a talented force. 30 years ago I did not have a degree in Art, there was nothing to say I was a curator, I simply starting curating exhibits.
As an artist with an artist eye, helping others to show their work. That is how I built my career. We must as artists validate others in order to help ourselves. This collection is my effort.
Suzanne Delacruz Urquiza
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On August 30th, I attended the opening reception of my friend, artist, and curator Jose Lozano’s curated exhibit Open Your Eyes/ Abre Los Ojos at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton C.A. It is always a delight to talk Mr. Lozano, he always leaves me with my sides aching from so much laughter from the stories he gifts me with.
Ixrael - Transfiguracion Ficticia 2002 Giclee
Arriving early to the venue there was already a hustle and bustle brewing. Entering The Muckenthaler galleries it was great to see so many artgoers showing Jose support and enjoying the fantastic artworks he curated for the Open Your Eyes/ Abre Los Ojos exhibition.
Wall of: Gronk, Robert Palacios, Diane Gamboa, Jose Lozano and Barbara Carrasco
My expectations of the Open Your Eyes/ Abre Los Ojos exhibition was that there would be a handful of good artworks to view, but I was blown away by the pieces hand picked by curator Jose Lozano. Many of the pieces exhibited are what would be considered “Museum pieces.” The artworks chosen Mr. Lozano complimented each other and made this a visuallly satisfying exhibition.
Roberto Gutierrez - Not Yet, 2005 - acrylic on canvas
It was also a special treat to see a few of the collectors who lent their artworks in attendance. It is always interesting for me to see what type of person and who collects Chicano art.
One of the non-artwork related highlights for me was meeting Chicano great Gilbert “Magu” Lujan’s son.
The Open Your Eyes/ Abre Los Ojos exhibition has a numeros amout of different artist showing like, Salomon Huerta, Carlos Almaraz and Roberto Gutierrez.
Show runs until November 4th 2012.
There will also be Curator’s Walk Through November 1 . 6 PM, if you could not make it to the opening here is your best next chance to meet Artist and cuartor Jose Lozano.
More photos for your viewing pleasure @ CHICANO ART MOVEMENT FACEBOOK
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833
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Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (detail)
Feliz Cumpleanos hermosa FRIDA KAHLO 106 years!!
You have inspired many of a Chicano and Mexican-American to create, dream, and go against the grain.
First time I saw “Las Dos Fridas” in person I was stunned for a minute, and could not believe how mighty this piece was in size and in inspiration. That is when I connected why so many artist have recreated this lovely masterpiece by Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón.
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MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles 1930-1985
Curated by Rubén Ortiz-Torres in association with Jesse Lerner, the exhibition MEX/L.A.: “Mexican” Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930-1985, focuses on the construction of different notions of “Mexicanidad” within modernist and contemporary art in Los Angeles. The period from 1945 to 1985 is attributed as the time when Los Angeles consolidated itself as an important cultural center. However, this time span excludes the controversial and important presence of the Mexican muralists and the production of other artists such as Philip Guston and Jackson Pollock who responded to their ideas and later influenced other artists in New York and throughout the United States.
If you were not able to make it out to this Pacific Standard Time event here is a great video narrated by assistant curator Selene Preciado summarizing the theme of the exhibition of MEX/LA at MOLAA.
MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles 1930-1985 and “Art Along The Hyphen” The Mexican-American Generation were my two favorite exhibitions of the Pacific Standard Time of events. I enjoyed this exhibit, I got to see how Mexican and Mexican-Americans influenced Los Angeles in Flim, food and artworld. This exhibition was also the first time Chicano artist have been exhibited inside the confinements of Museum Of Latin American Art.
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David Alfaro Siqueiros - Artist by Barefoot Productions
“Yes, I think we can do something with that”
Artists who knew about the mural (“La América Tropical”) took it as inspiration, and those who studied Siqueiros’ work emulated his techniques. The Chicano Muralist Movement of the 1960s and 1970s took some of its political and aesthetic cues from Siqueiros’ work.