1. 'UNDER THE BRIDGE' The story of Chicano Park (documentary)

    When their land was taken and promises broken, a community under siege decided to act. ‘Under the Bridge’ is a story of identity and tells the epic tale of Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan.

    'Under the Bridge', through remarkable observational
    footage, archive and in-depth interviews, reveals the true meaning of the park and of the ripple effects it created that are still felt today.

    'Under the Bridge’ is a story of identity and tells the epic tale of Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan: a humble piece of ground dwarfed by the massive concrete pillars holding up the Coronado Bridge.

    Chicano Park is a place that came to mean so much to so many - and a place where a people found their voice.

    “Under the Bridge” tells the story of San Diego’s Chicano Park. In 1970, the residents of Barrio Logan protested the building of a Highway Patrol Substation in their neighborhood. They had been promised a park on that land, under the bridge. Frustrated with the status quo and inspired by the Black Civil Rights movement, let down by the Church and city officials, Chicano artists, musicians, poets, students and residents joined forces to demand justice. And they got it.

    Socially, economically and culturally marginalised, the community saw its victory at Chicano Park as a symbolic step in reclaiming their identity. A major part of this process was the recognition of the indigenous heritage shared by many Mexicans. This identification with an indigenous past played a major role in the cultural understanding of the ‘Chicano’ during El Movimiento of the 60s and 70s. Not afforded the ‘native’ status of other US indigenous tribes, their struggle for cultural equality continues to this day.

    “Under the Bridge” includes interviews with the likes of Chicano poet and activist, Alurista; founder of Border Angels, Enrique Morones; Chicano Park muralists, musicians and artists, Salvador Torres, Yolanda Lopez, Mario Torero, Sal Barajas, Celia Rodriguez, Yermo Aranda and Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez.

    Directed By Mike Todd
    Written By Mike Todd
    Produced By Riverhorse

    (Source: hulu.com)


  2. 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.


  3. CAM:
    San Diego! I would like to thank my friend JOSE FEVER for the heads up!


  4. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT attends: Sergio Hernandez “Good Sport” @ AS ISSUED Art+Design Bookstore

    image(close up) “Remio, Thor, Oldboy, Boar, Regis, Big Ugly, Chava” 24” x 35.5” Mixed Media on Canvas

    Last week surfin’ the inter webs reading one of my favorite blogs, L.A. TACO I came upon the coverage they posted of the opening reception for Sergio Hernandez’s, Good Sport exhibition at AS ISSUED Art+Design Bookstore in Costa Mesa, C.A. The opening reception took place May 11th 2013, I attended the show a few days later. I had been aware of SURGE’s work for some time now but I had not been able to view it in person. The exhibition at AS ISSUED was the opportune time to take a trip to the city of Costa Mesa and view Mr. Hernandez's art en vivo.
    imageDrawings on Book Covers 8” x 10.5” each

    Researching Sergio, I learned he is a graffiti, painter and tattoo artist native to San Diego, California with deep roots in the city of Tijuana, Mexico. I was also informed when at the exhibit SURGE has an association with street duo DABS MYLA. After learning about the DABS MYLA connection, I could picture how well there work would meld together with their use of quirky caricatures and the dynamic use of coloration in their street pieces.
    image"Books" 5.5" x 8.5" Marker on Paper

    The AS ISSUED space is located at The LAB, which is O.C.’s renowned urban “anti-mall”. This had not been my first trip to The LAB, but it had been years since I last visited the location. So many that the AS ISSUED space used to be a Tower Records music store I visited in my good ‘ol D.J. days. It was interesting to see how the topography of the shops at The Lab had morphed since my last visit.
    image"Good Sport" acrylic on paper 20.5"x26.5"

    Entering the Art+Design Bookstore, the first and my favorite piece I saw was Sergio's titled piece for the exhibition "Good Sport", in which the artist depicts a stout Mayan warrior with a skull in one hand and a Macuahuitl in the other. After fully basking in the "Good Sport" piece, my attention then turned to Sergio's collaboration with tattoo artist Tyler James Densley titled “Girl & Skull”, a whimsical vintage tattoo flash inspired artwork. SURGE's smaller marker and pencil works on paper were also a very entertaining pieces. In the pencil on book page works Sergio depicted images of history, pop culture and tattoo art.
    image(Detail) collaboration with tattoo artist Tyler James Densley titled “Girl & Skull”

    Sergio Hernandez's artwork fit perfectly at the AS ISSUED Art+Design Bookstore, with many of SURGE's literature theme pieces being exhibited. From depictions of books as characters to actual drawings on book pages.
    Exhibition runs until June 9th

    More images CHICANO ART MOVEMENT Facebook page


  5. thinkmexican:

    2013 Chicano Park Day

    Thousands turned out to celebrate Chicano Park’s 43rd anniversary on Saturday.

    In January, the Chicano Park Steering Committee announced it had won a place in the National Register of Historic Places, making this year’s Chicano Park Day an especially celebratory occasion.

    Josephine Talamantez of the CPSC told the San Diego Union-Tribune of plans to build an adjoining museum:

    “We want a Chicano Park art history and science museum, and cultural center,” Talamantez said. “We will fundraise and get donors and build this museum so that our history is protected and told.”

    Photos via Instagram users pielmorena9, caathybee, Twitter user BH Kim; poster via the Chicano Park Steering Committee.

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  6. 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



  7. thinkmexican:

    Chicano Park Listed in National Register of Historic Places

    From takeover of CHP sub-station to listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Not bad, Chicano Park. Not bad.

    And the architectural style named in the park’s application for historic recognition: Aztec Revival. ¡Chingón!

    Read what the San Diego Union-Tribune had to say:

    San Diego’s Chicano Park has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places.

    The designation, which officially occurred on Jan. 23, recognizes the park for its “critical association with the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of the city of San Diego’s political and social history,” according to the materials filed in support of the park’s entry, which were submitted last year by the California State Historical Resources Commission.

    The inclusion on the register also acknowledges the significance of the park’s internationally acclaimed murals, “created by a large groups of artists, including the masters of the Chicano Movement muralism.” Read more.

    Visit the official Chicano Park website.

    Photo credit: California Office of Historic Places

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    Payasa 1978-80 digital print on archival paper 25 X 16 1/2 in

    through Sep 02, 2012
    MCASD La Jolla

    700 Prospect Street
    La Jolla, CA 92037-4291

    On a very beautiful August day, my hot date and I took a trip to La Jolla, California to view John Valadez’s,”SANTA ANA CONDITION:” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla.
    I have been waiting to attend this exhibition since first hearing about in January from Mr. Valadez at the opening reception of “Resurrected Histories: Voices from the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park” exhibition at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park C.A. This exhibition and Mr. Carlos Alamaraz’s show coming up at the Vincent Prince Art Museum in Monterey Park, CA are the two shows that have brought some excitement to this follower of the Chicano Art Movement this year.

    (left) Getting Them Out Of The Car 1984 pastel on paper 50 X 100 in (right) Santa Ana Condition 1985 pastel on paper 52 X 121 1/2 in

    Upon entering MCASD La Jolla I was instantly hit with the amazing color used by Mr. Valadez on massive pieces of paper. As I got closer to the first works on paper my eyes got bigger and so did my smile. Mr. Valadez’s Pastel works and his photography pieces are my favorite of his various mediums he is amazing at. Mr. John Valadez’s water themed pieces coexist perfect with this venue, as you can see in the image I took (below) of the spectacular multi-million dollar view. This was also my very first time viewing so many works by Mr. Valadez in one place. Prior to this exhibition I had only seen his colored street series photographs jointly, so for me to tour so many pieces in one place was a ocular delight.

    The view from MCASD La Jolla is worth the admission alone.
    Dr. Davies (MCASD Director) can I move in and be the guardian of this spectacular view unitl the show runs? I promise not to have too big of party (maybe).

    Having attended Santa Ana Condition on a weekday for me was sublime, with easy to find parking and a minimal of museum goers made the experience for me that much more enjoyable.
    Being able to examine and appriciate the works of art at your own pace is always great right?
    A few of the first pieces that grabbed my attention were from Mr. Valadez’s Car Show Series of artworks. I have never partaken in a lowrider carshow event (I like my cars sporty), but having seen videos and heard stories from friends who had attended, I think Mr. John Valadez catpures these events very vividly.

    MCASD Education department produced an audio guide for the exhibit. To listen to an excerpt of Mr. Valadez’s interview about the carshow scene paintings dial: 858-384-3321 then #29 to listen.

    Car Show 2001 oil on canvas 76 X 96 1/4 in

    The Pièce de résistance for me though was “Mesoamerica.” With its surrealist qualities and the dipiction of a civilization form its beginings to modern day, Mr. Valadez’s Right Encephalon Entophic vision make this masterpiece one that will stay lodged into this artgoers visual memory. I first caught a glimpse of this piece transitioning from one wing of the gallery to the other, restraining myself from going off course to view, I focused straight ahead onto the next wonderful Valadez work. Arriving in front of “Mesoamerica” with much anticipation built up, I knew it was worth the wait. This pastel on paper was the beauty of the ball for this artlover.
    As a whole this show was very a satisfying event and was curated excetionally by MCASD, the spectacular choice of photography and original artworks made the exhibition flow flawlessly. I highly suggest attendance to Santa Ana Condition at the Museum of Contemporay San Diego La Jolla which runs until September 2, 2012. If you attend and enjoy the exhibit as much I did Purchase the catalog, it contains detailed insight by Mr. Valadez and the MCASD curators on the artworks in the exhibited in show. Even if you do not attend JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION: MCASD La Jolla, but would still like to own a copy of this catalog purchase HERE.

    (detail) “Mesoamerica”

    I would like to thank the freindly staff at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla
    More photos of JOHN VALADEZ - SANTA ANA CONDITION: exhibition at Chicano Art Movement Facebook Page.


  9. ucsdspecialcollections:

    Exhibition: A Time for Resistance: Chicano Activism in San Diego and the American Southwest
    26 July - 23 September 2012
    Main floor, Geisel Library

    The Chicano movement encompasses a broad cross section of issues—immigration; civil, political, and human rights; educational opportunities; and the development of a communal history. With San Diego’s proximity to the world’s most traveled border, issues that arise in San Diego arise in other border communities. The events, issues, and activities recorded in the Baca collection document the impact of these issues on people living in the San Diego communities during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Many of the same issues continue to be experienced in San Diego, across the U.S.-Mexico border and throughout the nation. The Baca Papers, generated and/or collected by Herman Baca, chronicle more than 40 years of San Diego’s Chicano Movement.

    Herman Baca was a young man living in National City, California in the 1960s who became a prolific Chicano activist, political organizer, printer, and founder and longtime chairman of the Committee on Chicano Rights (CCR). He is known for his community-based grassroots organizing, especially for civil rights and political and judicial equality.

    CAM: More info on Mr. Baca and the exhibition (HERE).

    (via ucsdspecialcollections)



    Jun 10, 2012 through Sep 02, 2012 at MCASD La Jolla

    John Valadez is widely considered the most significant artist to have developed a realist pictorial language recording the Chicano experience in Los Angeles during the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. His work has come to define the iconography of Chicano identity of the period, situating it within the changing dynamics of the city rather than nostalgically attempting to reconstruct a mythical and distant past. His style is derived from street photography as he records the life of his community and of other inhabitants of downtown Los Angeles. Yet, his interest in the documentary photographic tradition is also closely related to the use of this genre by experimental L.A. artists who, since the 1960s when portable cameras became ubiquitous, have directed their lenses toward artistic ends. Valadez turned the ordinary snapshot into a source for his portrayal of a large, diverse cast of urban inhabitants drawn from his everyday life. Born in Los Angeles in 1951, Valadez began as a muralist, in which he presented themes of invisible borders and histories binding together Spanish, Mexican, and American culture. Valadez’s intense and colorful artworks express the Chicano experience in a contemporary representational style infused with elements of magical realism. His virtuoso pastel drawings present intense contrasts: the formal and narrative interpretations resemble unlikely photographs that offer social commentary on everyday urban life.

    Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez 1976 to 2011 is the first survey exhibition of this important Mexican-American artist and muralist, who has had profound influence on the Chicano art movement in the United States. This exhibition spans 35 years of Valadez’s photographs, paintings, pastels, and other works on paper. Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez 1976 to 2011 presents, for the first time, the development of Valadez’s studio works: from his early use of documentary and street photography to the influence of European baroque and rococo painting and sculpture, and finally, to his more recent amalgamation of photography-based imagery with a spatial and temporal structure pointing towards Surrealism. The exhibition explores the specific documentary implications of Valadez’s paintings, pastels, and drawings of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and their later evolution into cityscapes imbued with his desire to depict the nitty-gritty of urban life in L.A. and its ethnic underclass.

    Pastels and paintings from the 1990s and 2000s will also be included in the exhibition. These works, which depart from his earlier strict adherence to deadpan representation towards a more baroque compositional structure, are marked by a need to push the boundaries of structure and style. Memory, desire, intuition, and humor blend in these masterfully accomplished works on canvas and paper, which are thrust by their very excess into a territory that materializes a personal iconography beyond the limits of cultural identity. In his later works, Valadez aims to make familiar the unfamiliar—whether dreams and fantasies, or the cultural identity of others.

    This exhibition is not to be missed, from my prevoius conversations with Mr. Valadez there will be many pieces from private collections that have not been seen by the public for many years on view in this exhibit. For more info of events in conjucton with this exhibition visit: MCASD


  11. Touching Up a Revolution in Chicano Park

    via: voice of san diego.org
    After four decades, even murals painted with the heated passion of a revolution will start to deteriorate and chip, their tint fading as thousands of cars thunder overhead every day on the Interstate 5 and Coronado bridge freeways.
    But there’s some new color gleaming from the freeway columns in Chicano Park.
    VOSD spent part of last week hanging out with some of the park’s original muralists, who’ve returned to bring vibrancy to the park again. Here’s a video they put together with NBC 7 San Diego.
    Beginning last summer, artists have been descending again from around the country on the park that bears the work of their youth. Older now, they’ve cobbled together teams of their children and friends to help climb scaffolding and paint hard-to-reach corners. Eighteen murals will get this revitalizing touch by next summer.

    The money for the restoration of 18 murals — $1.6 million — comes from a frequent foe here: the government.

    I went to Chicano Park in 2010 for there 40th anniversary celebration, it is a really inspiring place, that is where I have seen the biggest Danza performance in my life (so far). I highly recommend going to the yearly Chicano Park celebration at least once in your lifetime.
    If you would like to learn more about this wonderful place visit Chicano-Park.org