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Current Exhibition

Ralph Maradiaga | Sun in Scorpio

An Unerring Gift of Leadership

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - Sunday, November 9, 2014

The exhibition features the art of one of Galería’s co-founders, the late Ralph Maradiaga, and is guest-curated by Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains.

Opening Reception: October 4 | 6pm - 9pm

In observance of Galería de la Raza’s 44th anniversary, we pause to honor and reflect on the contributions and visions of one of our own: Ralph Maradiaga. His unerring gift of leadership combined with his own unique talents and skills contributed greatly to the broader understanding of Chicano/Latino art and subsequently cemented the Latino presence on both the national and international art scenes.

Sun in Scorpio is presented at a time of resurgence in art, heritage, and activism along the Calle 24 Cultural Corridor. As we look to the future, we contemplate on the contributions and visions of our local leaders, such as Ralph Maradiaga, who gave rise to one of the most iconic Latino cultural corridors of our time. His astute business savvy and dedicated commitment to community influenced and supported many individuals and local organizations. In this spirit and in celebration of what would have been his 80th birthday, we present the art of Ralph Maradiaga, and pay tribute to his accomplishments as an individual, a leader, a mentor, and true Renaissance man of his time and place. 

We are deeply grateful to Salvador Guerena and Callie Bowdish at the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA), Department of Special Collections, UCSB Library, University of California, Santa Barbara. Works in this exhibition are from the following CEMA archives: the Ralph Maradiaga Papers, Self-Help Graphics & Art Archives, Galería de la Raza Archives, the Rupert Garcia and Sammi Madison Garcia Collection and from the private collection of Richard Bains & Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains.



Proudly Trans* Art Activism

Gabrielle Le Roux and Julio Salgado

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Galería de la Raza presents Gabrielle Le Roux and Julio Salgado for a week-long public installation featuring their recent films which stem from their work in community organizing and documentary action.

October 27th: 7:30 pm (please note the new date for this event)

Panel discussion with: Gabrielle Le Roux, Julio Salgado and LGBTQIA activists.


The encounter between Le Roux and Salgado depicts an international snapshot of current socio-political realities, conflicts and complexities of LGBTQIA communities around the world and the role of the arts within this context. The public installation will be presented at Galeria de la Raza's Studio 24 from dusk to dawn beginning Wednesday, Oct. 22nd and ending Wednesday, Oct. 29th.


Viva La Vida: An Evening of Remembrance and Celebration

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Join Galería de la Raza for our annual Dia de los Muertos celebration and fundraiser.

This year as part of our Public Programs we will be presenting a FREE community gathering entitled: Creating Sacred Space MC/Host by Sandra Garcia Rivera. Later in the evening join us for Bailando con Nuestros Muertos: A Galería De La Raza Fundraiser Showcasing a stellar line up. Proceeds will go to support Galería’s programs

Creating Scared Space 5:30-7PM

24th Street and Bryant Street

Cost: FREE

MC: Sandra Garcia Rivera

Featuring: Poetry | Music Followed | Open mic


Bailando con Nuestros Muertos: A Galería De La Raza Fundraiser

MC: Yosimar Reyes

Featuring Performances by: Bomberas De La Bahia | La Misa Negra

Doors Open | 8PM

Cover charge: $30 (proceeds support Galería's programs)

Buy Your tickets today! This event will sell out.


Sugar Skull Workshop | 12PM-5PM

Fee: $10 covers cost of materials


Galería de la Raza: an Interdisciplinary Chicano/Latino Space for Art, Thought and Activism
2857 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 click here for directions to galería