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 recently. 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.
Wed 8/10 - Sat 9/10
Naomi Rincon-Gallardo "The Formaldehyde Trip"
Photo: Fabiola Torres Alzaga
The Formaldehyde Trip is part of Galería’s series, Queerly Mexican – an exploration of visual dialog across borders and generations about the ongoing struggle to be simultaneously Mexican or Chicanx and queer. Queerly Mexican will feature a series of artist residencies that will culminate in an exhibition in the Spring of 2017 that seeks to transform cultural politics of national/ethnic identity that rest discursively on patriarchal constructs of heterosexism and machismo, narrowly defined womanhood, and rigid binaries of gender and sexuality.
Thu 8/11 - Sat 9/17
"Mujeres Luz" by Talavera-Ballón
Thu 8/11 | 8:30 pm
"All of Me" Documentary Film Screening and Closing Reception
Film Screening and Art Exhibit at The Roxie & Galería de la Raza
ALL OF ME (Llévate mis Amores)
Film Screening: Thursday, August 11 at Roxie Theater (click for showtimes)
A documentary film by Arturo González Villaseñor
View the official trailer here
Closing Reception: August 11, 2016 at 8:30PM at Galería de la Raza
Wed 8/17 | 7:30 pm
Lunada Literary Lounge & Open Mic
FALL 2016 SEASON OPENER
Featured poets: Maurisa Thompson & Jarvis Subia
OPEN MIC Sign-up at 7:15pm at the entrance
Lunada celebrates our seventeenth cycle around the sun featuring the hottest spoken word wizards in the Bay. The Fall 2016 season begins with two poets burning up the California coast, Push Cart nominee and San Francisco native MAURISA THOMPSON, and slam phenom JARVIS SUBIA hailing from San Jose.
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