Photo by Ricardo Ibarra/El Mensajero
Digital Mural Project: Dennis Maxwell
"Funeral Procession for the Death of the Mission"
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - Sunday, December 15, 2013
Galería is pleased to present the newest installment of the Digital Mural Project with Dennis Maxwell.
In slideshow for New York Times article "Backlash by the Bay: Tech Riches Alter A City" >>
El artista - sobre el mural: Procesión por la muerte de la Misión
La Misión está agonizando. El desplazamiento forzado que hoy viven muchas familias y residentes del barrio está en un nivel crítico. Estas familias no soló han vivido aquí por muchos años, sino que han contribuido a formar la identidad de nuestro barrio. Identidad hoy amenazada por los especuladores de bienes raíces y por los nuevos residentes que llegan dispuestos a pagar ridículas sumas de dinero por el alquiler o la compra de una casa. Este mural fue inspirado por la impotencia y la frustración de ver cómo nuestro barrio, La Misión, agoniza. El desplazamiento forzado es un asunto grave que está cambiando las tradiciones y la diversidad cultural que han caracterizado a este Distrito por más de un siglo.
El diseñador de este mural, Dennis Maxwell, con un grupo de artistas, y miembros de la comunidad del barrio La Misión, entre ellos algunos que han sido directamente afectados por los desplazamientos forzados, se reunieron para realizar este mural en denuncia a la crisis de desalojos. Entre los colaboradores están el pintor y muralista, Pancho Pescador, Indira Urrutia, César Augusto Oyagata (Tukuy), Chelis López, Ricardo Ibarra, Alejandro Meza, Todd Brown, Alberto Toscano, Ariel López.
Dennis Maxwell nació en Santiago de Chile, migró a los Estados Unidos en 1993. Estudió cine en San Francisco State University. El foco de su trabajo audiovisual ha sido siempre la denuncia de la injusticia social, asunto reflejado en su trabajo como documentalista y en las artes visuales, instalaciones y performances. Recientemente ha incursionado en radio colaborando con el programa Pájaro Latinoamericano de KPOO, en San Francisco, y Radio Ambulante (radioambulante.org). Su trabajo ha sido presentado en sitios como BBC Mundo, The World, Radio Ambulante y The New York Times.
From the artist - about the mural: Funeral Procession for the Death of the Mission
The Mission is suffering. The forced displacement that many families and residents of this neighborhood are going through has reached a critical level. These families have not only lived here for many years, but have also contributed the formation of the identity of our neighborhood. Today, this identity is being attacked by corporate developers and speculators and new residents, who arrive ready to pay ridiculous sums of money for rent and the purchase of a home. This mural was inspired by the powerlessness and frustration felt over seeing how our neighborhood, the Mission, is suffering (as a consequence). The forced displacement of these residents is a serious issue that is changing the traditions and cultural diversity that have characterized this district for over a century.
The lead artist of this mural, alongside a group of artists and Mission District community members, came together to create this mural in protest of these evictions. Some have been directly affected by this forced displacement. Among the collaborators are muralist and painter Pancho Pescador, Indira Urrutia, César Augusto Oyagata (Tukuy), Chelis López, Ricardo Ibarra, Alejandro Meza, Todd Brown, Alberto Toscano, and Ariel López.
Dennis Maxwell was born in Santiago de Chile, and migrated to the United States in 1993, where he studied film at San Francisco State University. The focus of his audiovisual work has always been to protest social injustices, an issue reflected in his work as a documentarian and in his visual artistic practice, installations, and performances. Recently he has entered the radio scene collaborating with the KPOO program Pájaro Latinoamericano in San Francisco, in addition to Radio Ambulante (radioambulante.org). His work has been presented in BBC World, The World, Radio Ambulante, and The New York Times.
In the press:
El Mensajero - photo essay - "Presagian la muerte del barrio La Misión" (October 9, 2013)
Current Exhibition: "Sifting Screens"
New works by Katie Dorame
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - Saturday, December 21, 2013
Galería is pleased to present its next exhibition Sifting Screens, featuring new works by Katie Dorame.
"Having a mixed heritage and a partially erased cultural identity is a constant hunt for truth where my main clues are Hollywood and artifacts,” says Dorame, whose paintings seek to untangle the complexity of an ignored and fictionalized history.
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Opening reception Saturday, November 9 at 7pm
A member of the Tongva tribe of Los Angeles, the artist set to create a hybrid iconography using symbols from the golden age of Hollywood cinema with artifacts from Indigenous cultures of North America, making a cohesive narrative out of disjointed parts: sorting, sifting, creating, and searching for the missing. The exhibition title is a play of sifting screens, real-life tools used by archeologists to go through mass amounts of dirt and debris to find anything special or culturally relevant. Even though Hollywood informs much of the world as to what Native American culture is, many cannot name the tribe that inhabited the area of Los Angeles (the Tongva).
The women painted in Sifting Screens are classic film stars between the 1920s and the 1950s whose identities were modified and recast by Hollywood. The actresses, who include Dolores Del Rio, Lupe Velez, Dorothy Lamour, and Katy Jurado, were always shifting their roles, but relegated to stereotypes - empowered by the ability to disguise themselves, but additionally pigeonholed and exoticized. The artifacts featured in the exhibition are culled from the artist’s personal research file, consisting of mainly California tribal artifact images from archeological journals, online images, and books.
About the artist:
A visual artist based in San Francisco and member of the Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California, Katie Dorame holds a Bachelors of Arts in Art from UC-Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts. She has been a teaching-artist-in-residence at The San Francisco Arts Education Project and recently attended the Vermont Studio Center.
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About the GINAA Artist Fund:
Katie Dorame is a recipient of Galería de la Raza’s 2012/2013 Grantwriting for Indigenous and Native American Artists (GINAA) Artist Fund, a small grants/commission program that provides Latino artists with technical assistance and capacity building support to develop grant writing and artistic program planning skills. The GINAA Artist Fund encourages artists to explore strategies to make artistic projects compelling, to design projects that address the funders’ priorities, to target and develop an audience, to develop a project/program budget, and to create a biographical summary, thus creating opportunities for artists to create competitive proposals to access government and foundation arts funding.
The GINAA Fund is generously funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission's Native American Arts & Cultural Traditions grants program.
The artist in the press:
“A Subjective Snapshot of Bay Area Art,” the East Bay Express >>
Thursday, December 12 | 6:30pm
Film Screening: Reel Injun (2009), Canadian documentary
By Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, and Jeremiah Hayes
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Reel Injun explores the portrayal of Native Americans in film, illustrated with excerpts from classic and contemporary portrayals of Native people in Hollywood movies and interviews with filmmakers, actors and film historians, while director Diamond travels across the United States to visit iconic locations in motion picture as well as American Indian history. A short talk after the screening will occur, discussing topics of the ability to play multiple identities and more.
Studio 24 Presents: Natalia Anciso
A series of window installations and displays by local artists
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - Friday, February 14, 2014
Galería de la Raza is proud to continue with Studio 24 Presents, a series of window installations and displays by local artists to be featured at our new administrative offices. By effectively utilizing our corner space (the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets) and large windows, Studio 24 Presents will be an extension of our public art programming, which includes the Digital Mural Project billboard on Bryant Street. This program will provide an opportunity for artists to interact with the general public by inserting a bit of whimsy into the everyday, whether it be strolling down 24th Street or waiting for MUNI.
Studio 24 Presents also offers visual artists another point of entry into the organization, apart from Galería’s institutional exhibition programs. This new program seeks to raise the visibility of artists and promote artwork sales, providing both the artists and the organization new opportunities for economic sustainability.
We are delighted to introduce the third artist for this program with artist Natalia Anciso.
Public programs to be announced soon in association with the exhibition
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About her work:
“Growing up, I heard stories about the ‘Rinches,’ who often took the law into their own hands and lynched Tejanos along the Border. Having not learned this in my Texas History books through high school, I would later discover that the ‘Rinches’ were the Texas Rangers. In graduate school, I decided to do further research on lynchings of Mexicans and Tejanos. However, I found it very hard to find information or photos of these lynchings specific to Texas. It was as if these events were erased from Texas history, despite the fact that these events were indeed lived, and that knowledge of these events were passed on within the consciousness of Tejanos, generation by generation.
The Pinches Rinches series recontextualizes a history along the border that has been lost. Drawing from both historical references and stories of my own family, I give testimony and retell the forgotten history of my native borderlands, the Rio Grande Valley.”
About the artist:
Natalia Anciso is a Chicana-Tejana visual artist and educator. Born in Weslaco and raised in Mercedes, hardscrabble towns in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas, she received her BA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Anciso recently earned an MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Over the past few years, she has taught art to a diverse array of youth through non-profit organizations, ranging from the Oakland Leaf Foundation's Urban Arts Program in the Fruitvale District of East Oakland to the Summer Institute for the Gifted at the University of California, Berkeley. She worked most recently as the Art Director for the Mission Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. She currently lives in Oakland and works primarily out of the East Bay.
Natalia Anciso creates art predicated on realities and legends of her upbringing. Her works are visual records of family, community, and border culture along her native Rio Grande. These Borderlands are currently ravaged by poverty, human trafficking, and the escalating Mexican Drug War. The Rio Grande cuts one land and people in two, like a wound, bleeding a legacy of pain, tears, and struggle that have beset the area for generations. Anciso’s family has resided in this geographic territory for four generations.
Anciso researches vernacular arts like pano arte, handkerchief art believed to have emerged from Chicano prisoners in the 1940s, and the huipil, embroidered Mayan textiles worn by indigenous women in Southern and Central America. These art forms are reconfigured to tell contemporary stories of life along the Texas/Mexico border. Juxtaposing beautifully colored, watercolor-drawn images of flowers indigenous to Texas against stark, monochromatic media images, meticulously rendered in pen, Anciso offers the beauty of home against grisly depictions of the Mexican Drug War. Using these tools on domestic textiles such as handkerchiefs, pillowcases, and bed sheets, Anciso's work examines psycho-political struggles of life along La Frontera.
U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes (ICE DISH) San Francisco Field Office || Artist In Residency: Neil Rivas (Clavo)
A REGEN-funded program
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Galería de la Raza is proud to present the Grand Opening for the U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes (ICE DISH) San Francisco Field Office inside the main gallery at 2857 24th Street in San Francisco. Created by Neil Rivas (Clavo), the facility at Galería is the regional headquarters for ICE DISH, a law enforcement agency that was first introduced to the public through a series of posters called Illegal Superheroes. The posters (as covered by the Huffington Post) “addressed immigration issues by applying current U.S. policies to characters seen as pinnacles of good and advocates of law, order and justice.”
Opening reception Saturday, November 16 at 7pm | Free and open to the public
ICE DISH is responsible for identifying, investigating, and dismantling vulnerabilities regarding the nation's border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure security. If undocumented people can be declared “illegal” due to our government’s current immigration policies, then it is ICE DISH’s view that the same must be applied to undocumented superheroes. ICE DISH’s mission is to enforce this idea by raising awareness about pertinent issues, conducting further investigations, and working towards the detainment and deportation of illegal superheroes.
Preview of the grand opening
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About the project:
Having made its first public appearances in the summer and fall of 2012, ICE DISH is in the process of expanding its operations, with recent highlights including the creation of ICE DISH UFOs (Undisclosed Facility in Oakland), the opening of ICE DISH Temporary Transfer Centers, and the re-commissioning of the Immigration Station at Angel Island, where current-day “paper son” Superman was detained for an undisclosed period of time in 2012 and 2013. ICE DISH now also counts on Field Offices in different cities that exist as local headquarters of operations, along with assistance and endorsements from legal superheroes in its operations, such as Batgirl, Storm, and Captain America, the first-ever legal superhero endorser of ICE DISH. The San Francisco Field Office’s area of responsibility covers Northern California, Hawaii, and Guam. ICE DISH recently began to conduct operations out of the facility while under construction and illegal superheroes are currently detained there, including famed superhero from the X-Men, Wolverine.
The Grand Opening for the ICE DISH San Francisco Field Office will be on Saturday, November 16, 2013, from 7pm-10pm. That evening, the agency’s director, Tanner White, will be joined by several ICE DISH Agents to welcome the public, including agents Alanna Haight, Will D. Port, Ray Jin, Juana Wrights, and Eugene Hicks. Legal Superhero Endorsers will also be present, including Batgirl.
While in operation, the ICE DISH San Francisco Field Office is open to the public for viewing during gallery hours. The public is invited to come into the space on Saturdays and meet the artist on-site for firsthand accounts and updates about the project.
ICE DISH in the press so far:
- Colorlines - “Artist Encourages People to Report ‘Illegal’ Comic Heroes to ICE”
- ArtInfo International – “Deport Wolverine? Bay Area Artist's Poster Campaign Uses Superheroes to Advocate for Immigrant Rights”
- Huffington Post – “Neil Rivas' 'Illegal Superheroes' Addresses Undocumented Immigration Issues (PHOTOS)”
- NCB Latino – “Artist portrays superheroes as ‘illegal’ immigrants in exhibit”
Connect with the agency:
Personal tours of the San Francisco Field Office led by ICE DISH agents are available by appointment by contacting director Tanner White at firstname.lastname@example.org. The ICE DISH agent-led tours are donation-based, with proceeds going towards forthcoming ICE DISH operations and new programs such as the UAV & Space Program. For contributions, the public has the option of using U.S. dollars or comic book donations to assist ICE DISH with intelligence gathering.
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About the artist:
As Galería de la Raza’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence, Neil Rivas (Clavo) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work intersects with his roles as educator, activist, journalist, and documentarian. Using his own photography, found objects, and appropriated pop culture iconography, he is invested in aesthetic politics and creating tactical interventions within social, cultural, and political contexts. His projects have come in the form of billboards, life size cardboard cut-outs, performances, and multimedia installations. He also makes work that has dual-use: having a presence within both art and non-art spaces. His work has been used as legal evidence, archive, journalism, and for community arts initiatives.
Rivas recently graduated with his MFA in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts and he received his BFA in Art Photography from California State University, Long Beach. His work has been featured in the Huffington Post, NBC Latino, CNN Español, ArtInfo, ArtsHub, MTV tr3s, Univision, Colorlines Magazine, and various international blogs. His documentary photography has been published by The Guardian (UK), NPR, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and The New York Times blog. He has worked and exhibited internationally, and has been a recipient of several scholarships, grants, and awards.
About the REGEN Artist Fund:
Neil Rivas (Clavo) is a recipient of Galería de la Raza’s 2012/2013 ReGen Artist Fund, a small grants/commission program that provides Latino artists with technical assistance and capacity building support to develop grant writing and artistic program planning skills. The ReGen Artist Fund encourages artists to explore strategies to make artistic projects compelling, to design projects that address the funders’ priorities, to target and develop an audience, to develop a project/program budget, and to create a biographical summary, thus creating opportunities for artists to create competitive proposals to access government and foundation arts funding.
About the Artist-In-Residency Program:
Galería de la Raza is pleased to announce its inaugural Artist-In-Residency (AIR) Program, featuring artist Neil Rivas and the ICE DISH San Francisco Field Office project. In keeping with our mission to serve as a laboratory where artists can both explore contemporary issues in art, culture and civic society, as well as advance intercultural dialogue, the AIR Program will provide a dedicated space within our gallery walls where artist can explore artistic concepts, thoughts, and ideas, and present their findings in a public forum. By engaging the public in the creative process, we hope to deepen the relationship between the art creator and the viewer, and expand the dialogue of socially committed art.
Galería de la Raza’s programs are made possible with the generous support of: The California Arts Council, a state agency; Grants For the Arts - San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture - NALAC Fund for the Arts/Nescafé Clásico; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; San Francisco Arts Commission; San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The James Irvine Foundation; The San Francisco Foundation; Zellerbach Family Foundation and Galería members.
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Kearny Street Workshop proudly presents
APATURE ‘13: Comix & Zines Expo at Cartoon Art Museum
Saturday, October 19, 2013 | 11am-5pm
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Featuring a full lineup of artist tables, workshops, screenings, and a ton of interactive fun. With featured artist Eddie H. Ahn and participants Aklasan Records, Wahab Algarmi, Jeff Bostic, Susan Calvillo, Edwin Chang, Ka Yan Cheung, Sam Coaass, Robin David, Christina Douk, Marti Dulalas, Trinidad Escobar, ICE DISH (Department of Illegal Superheroes), Scott Longo, Anthony Mata, Dylan Mckeever, Erin Meadows, Maria Fatima Urbi
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