Sat 5/7 - Sat 7/16
F.T.P: For the People
Exhibition Extended through July 16, 2016
Galeria de la Raza presents, F.T.P: For the People, an exhibition that situates itself in contemporary issues of systematic oppressions happening across America.
This exhibition comes rooted in Audre Lorde's 1979 essay, "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House,” as our communities are those who stand outside the circle of this society's definition of acceptable. In today's context, we acknowledge that the master's house is not our only source of support and that the current systematic structures at play will never enable us to bring about genuine change in our communities. This feels especially true at a time when massive police killings are happening locally and around the nation.
The artists presented in this exhibition offer a critique to the harsh realities of systematic oppressions and inequalities that exists in our society, which make it hard for our communities to be able to survive and thrive. The exhibiting works create a platform that honors our struggle and cultural resistance in the fight against the institutional dehumanization of our peoples over body, mind and soul. F.T.P: For the People is a call to survival and agency; it is a call to define, seek, and reclaim a world in which we can all flourish.
Sun 6/12 - Sun 7/31
Digital Mural by Gabriel García Román
In Queer Icons, Gabriel García Román's most recent body of work, he seeks to aggrandize the image of many in the Queer/Trans communities of Color through a personal and introspective series of photographic and mixed-media works. The subjects in the series are drawn from many facets of the gender and queer spectrum, and these images give visibility to a population that’s generally under-represented in the art world.
Sun 7/10 - Sun 7/17
La Bomba es Vida: Workshops and Community Events
Taller Bombalele, through the generous grants by NALAC, City of Oakland Artist Grant, and Akonadi is happy to have Jesus Cepeda affectionately known as "El Tambor Mayor" as a summer resident artist this year, in addition to Jesus, who is the elder of the family, considered a cultural treasure for the Puerto Rican community, members of La Familia Cepeda are also joining for the last 10 days of his residency to be able to offer the local Bomba community specialized workshops.
To purchase individual workshops visit:
7/14 - Thursday
Dance Workshop w/ Tata Cepeda
African American Art & Culture Complex Dance Studio (Studio A)
762 Fulton, San Francisco, CA 94102
7/16 - Saturday
Dance Workshop (advanced) w/ Tata Cepeda
Dance Workshop (women and men) w/ Cary Martinez and Rafael Cepeda Rivera
Trilliant Dance Studio Oakland, 130 Linden Street, Oakland 94607
$25 each workshop
Song Class w/ Mario and Jesus Cepeda
Studio Grand Oakland, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Fri 7/15 | 8:00 pm
De Santurce a la Bahia, La Bomba es Vida
An evening of Afro Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena with La Familia Cepeda direct from Puerto Rico
Brava! Theater Center
2781 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Taller Bombalele, through the generous grants by NALAC, City of Oakland Artist Grant, and Akonadi is happy to have Jesus Cepeda affectionately known as "El Tambor Mayor" as a summer resident artist this year, in addition to Jesus, who is the elder of the family, considered a cultural treasure for the Puerto Rican community, members of La Familia Cepeda are also joining for the last 10 days of his residency to be able to offer the local Bomba community specialized workshops, lectures, community jams, and a performance on Friday, July 15th at Brava in SF.
Mon 7/18 - Thu 8/18
Galería de la Raza Lease Negotiation
Galería de la Raza would like to clarify some points about our lease negotiation that have been in the press and social media in the past few days. We understand that articles written about the lease situation may have been confusing and alarming and for that we apologize.
We continue to maintain a positive relationship with our landlord and appreciate the support they have given Galería over the years. We want to be clear that we will continue to operate out of our current historical location. The rental agreement will continue on a month-to-month basis as it has for the past 43 years.
We would like to thank you all for your support and concerns. We sincerely appreciate your willingness to help and commitment to keep Galeria’s mission going. If circumstances change and as updates become available we will keep you all posted through our newsletter, social media channels and email. We invite you to stay connected and we hope you will visit us soon.
Tue 7/19 - Fri 8/19
Statement Regarding La Pocha Nostra
As many of you know, La Pocha Nostra is no longer housed at Galería de la Raza. This transition hasn’t been easy for all the parties involved, and we sincerely apologize for any misunderstandings and perceived disrespect. As of May 2016, La Pocha Nostra has left the space they occupied since 2010, as subtenants of Galería de la Raza.
We recognize the long-time relationship between Galería and La Pocha Nostra. We acknowledge Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s leadership and significant contributions to the arts community and beyond. Galería de la Raza has also served as platform for self-expression and artivism in the Mission District.
In these challenging times in San Francisco, it is imperative for Galería to remain self-sustainable and continue to grow. The organization has undergone several positive changes in the last five years. One of them is the revival of the Studio 24 space, another is the creation of an in-house community print shop and space for art making, open to local artists, and community workshops. The shop will provide a space for artists to produce work, it will serve as a venue for community printmaking workshops, and it will be a source of earned income for the Galería through art sales.
After months of thoughtful consideration, we, the board of directors, decided to have our facilities inhabited strictly by Galería de la Raza’s programs, especially for the in-house community print shop and for that matter, we needed the space used by La Pocha Nostra.
We informed Mr. Gómez-Peña of our decision, engaged in conversations, listened to their concerns, and made every effort to accommodate La Pocha Nostra during this transition. This included forgiving thousands of dollars La Pocha Nostra owed to Galería for back rent, extending the moving period to nine months, and assisting them with labor on the moving date. We offered to connect them with our contacts and other resources to identify a new space, but our offer of assistance was declined.
We regret that we are no longer able to support La Pocha Nostra as a subtenant. The changes in sub-tenancy are not personal, and certainly not an intent to disrespect La Pocha Nostra or any of its members’ important artistic pursuits. We support the direction our current executive director has taken, and we value her vision in keeping Galería as a thriving and sustainable artistic hub.
Mr. Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra will always be appreciated for all of their past contributions to Galería de la Raza and our community. We wish them the best in future endeavors.
Board of Directors and Staff, Galería de la Raza.
San Francisco, California, July 2016.