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4/18/2015 | 3:00 pm
Galería de la Raza Limited Hours
Saturday, April 18

Galería de la Raza will will be closing early on Saturday April 18.

Main Gallery Hours: 12-3PM ($5.00 entrance fee)

Studio 24 Hours: 12-6PM

4/17/2015 | 6:30 pm
Andres Montoya: The Iceworker's Legacy

This reading celebrates the lasting legacy and influence of the late poet Andres Montoya (1968-1999). Featuring three readings by artists with direct connections to Andres: his brother the painter and author Maceo Montoya, the Poet Laureate of San Antonio Laurie Ann Guerrerro, and the poet David Campos. In 2014, Maceo published a book titled Letters to the Poet from His Brother, a collection of reflective essays on the loss of Andres and his relationship with their father, the artist Malaquias Montoya. 

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4/11/2015 - 5/31/2015
IN REFERENCE TO: Mexican Women of San Francisco
Digital Mural by Alejandra Regalado

In honor of the work resulting from Alejandra Regalado’s 2014 Artist-In-Residency Project, In Reference To, Galería de la Raza presents the latest digital mural, which features photos from her work in San Francisco. The series of photos taken during Regalado’s time in in the city represents one part of a six-part series, from six different cities, culminating in the portraits of 500 Mexican immigrant women as well as an accompanying 500 images of singular objects selected by each woman as a reminder of her life left behind in Mexico. In Reference To explores the experience of Mexican female immigrants across America and investigates issues of cultural identity and femininity.

4/4/2015 | 7:00 pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge ~ Quinceañera Celebration

Celebrating 15 years of lunar literary ritual: Spoken Word, Música and Open Mic.  

GALERIA DE LA RAZA and LUNADA LITERARY LOUNGE invite you to celebrate the Lunada Quinceañera - Saturday, April 4, 2015, 7:00PM - 10:30PM, featuring spoken word, teatro, performance, and música, with:

~ Marc David Pinate
~ Marga Gomez
~ Ricky Saenz
~ Nancy Aidé González
~ Live Music by La Mixta Criolla
~ Special appearances by Sean San Jose, Norman Zelaya, and additional poets and performers, madrinas and padrinos, who have blessed the Lunada stage over the years.

~ Host & Curator: Sandra Garcia Rivera
~ A fundraising event, tickets are $15 per person ( Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm, with featured performers followed by live band. 

4/2/2015 - 5/9/2015
EXISTE LO QUE TIENE NOMBRE: Contemporary Photography in Mexico

Existe lo que Tiene Nombre: Contemporary Photography in Mexico, an exhibition guest-curated by Sergio de la Torre and Javier Ramírez Limón, features the diverse work of 22 contemporary Mexican photographers, both emerging and established.

Addressing the question of how photos influence our understanding of reality, photographers in this exhibition explore the central issue surrounding photographic representation of the subject.

The complete portfolio of artwork from Existe lo que Tiene Nombre is co-presented by Galería de la Raza and San Francisco Camerawork.

4/1/2015 - 5/30/2015
S24 presents African Indigenous Swag
by Azteca Negra, Tres Mercedes, and Soldadera

For the 2015 launch of Studio 24 Presents, Galería de la Raza welcomes local Bay Area artists working with textiles: Azteca Negra, Soldadera and Tres Mercedes. These three artists work with fabrics and patterns that reference their Afro-Indigenous histories and bring them into contemporary urban objects and merchandize. The hand made objects recall histories of liberation, honor, pride, boldness, resistance, revolution and spiritual meanings. The showcased items are firmly rooted in identity and merge culture, modern art, geometric principles and traditional textiles that are incorporated in shoes, hats, earrings, and scarves, amongst many other items that celebrate and share traditional and modern art-form practices, beliefs, and positive messages.

3/12/2015 - 4/9/2015
Basta de sus miradas subversivas, cobardes, de su violencia machista
Digital Mural

About the Artist:

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's work moves effortlessly between the street and the gallery. Whether using printers and wheat paste or oil paint on canvas, Fazlalizadeh adds her imagery to a national and international dialogue about conflict in public spaces, such as police violence against black people, the Arab Spring uprisings, or sexual violence against women. 

3/5/2015 | 7:30 pm
Lunada Literary Lounge & Open Mic
International Women’s Month

Raina J. Leon
Barbara Jane Reyes
Ruby Mountain
Champaña Perez

During Mes Internacional de la Mujer, of Lunada’s quinceañera year, we feature four fierce mujeres, gifted and accomplished in the arts of poetry, cuento, and song. Featured poets Raina J. Leon and Barbara Jane Reyes are trailblazers of contemporary American publishing representing Latin@ and Filipin@ voices and experience. Singer/Songwriter Ruby Mountain shares original music inspired by Afghan culture, dance, and soul music. Special guest Champaña Perez - entrepreneur, performer, multimedia visual artist, and recent SoCal transplant - shares her work, and word of groundbreaking new projects she is conjuring in the Bay.

Open Mic sign-up is at 7:15pm, veteranos, first timers, and musicians always welcome. 

Host & Curator: Sandra Garcia Rivera

3/5/2015 - 5/7/2015
Off Your Chest and Onto the Stage!

Are you holding inside pent-up emotions about a fast transforming community landscape, evictions, police brutality... do you have powerful stories to share and just can't find the way to get them out... or have you been thinking about performing for a long time and never quite found the time or resources to do it...?

3/4/2015 - 5/20/2015 | 7:30 pm
Bomba Dance Classes with Taller Bombalele
Bomba Dance Classes with Taller Bombalele

This dance class teaches the basics of Puerto Rican Bomba customs through Dance, Percussion, and Song. The  traditional folkloric music of Bomba is a blend of the three cultures of the Island of Puerto Rico, African, Spanish, and Taino. Bomba is a challenge/connection between the drummer and the dancer, in which the dancer produces a series of gestures with a skirt or with their feet and hands in which the drummer provides a synchronized beat.

Artistic Leadership: 
Denise Solis, Musical Director
Julia C. Cepeda, Choreographer Director

For additional information please contact Abby Hernández at or call (415) 826-8009.

2/27/2015 | 7:00 pm
Banned Book Book Club: POC Edition
Public Literary Event

The Banned Book Book Club celebrates the rich history of banned and challenged book! Each month Radar chooses a theme and asks some of our favorite artists to read from their favorite banned or challenged books. For the month of FEBRUARY, RADAR partners with Galeria de la Raza to bring you some of our most beloved writers who will read from banned or challenged books written by people of color! 

Host: Virgie Tovar

Location: Galeria de la Raza

Featuring readings by: Rina Ayuyang, Juliana Delgado, MariNaomi, Mason J, and Maya Chincilla 

Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

2/3/2015 | 7:30 pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge ~ 2015 SEASON OPENER
Celebrating 15 Years of Spoken Word, Música, & Open Mic

Lunada 2015 Spring Season Opener, featuring:
~ John Jota Leaños
~ Crystal Gonzalez
~ Open Mic: 8 slots | 5 min. ea. | Sign-up at 7:15pm.

Lunada’s Spring season opener will feature cartoons and visual storytelling, with artists whose works spans the genres of animation, film, print, performance, new media, and beyond. Guest curator, and social art practitioner, John Jota Leaños will show two of his latest animations, and graphic novelist Crystal Gonzalez will share her own cartoon, followed by a Q&A with the artists. Our Open Mic is the heart of the show, where we elevate bilingual spoken word, música, performance, and storytelling, from first timers to veteranos, laureates to lunáticos, every full moon, at Lunada.

12/22/2014 - 1/6/2014
Galeria Closed for the Holidays

Galería de la Raza and Studio 24 will be closed from December 22 through January 6. We will resume our normal business hours on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. 

We look forward to an exciting 2015!

12/6/2014 | 7:30 pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge ~ 2014 SEASON CLOSER
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
Fall 2014 Season Closer featuring Guillermo Gomez Peña, Adrian Arias, and Julia Caridad Cepeda

12/6/2014 - 1/23/2015
DOC/UNDOC | Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática

Galería de la Raza is pleased to host the collaborative project, DOC/UNDOC: Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática. The exhibition presents the relief prints and typographic book work of Felicia Rice, featuring the performance text of artist and activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña and critical commentary by art historian and educator Jennifer Gonzáles, in conjunction with video installation by artist and documentarian Gustavo Vasquez, and sound art by composer Zachary Watkins

Public Programming Dates:

Exhibition opening: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 6:00PM Guillermo Gómez-Peña Performance on the development and realization of DOC/UNDOC, with Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Saturday evening public programs:
December 13, 2014 at 7PM: Gustavo Vazquez Experimental video and reflections on collaborative processes in art-making, with Gustavo Vazquez

January 10, 2015 at 7PM: Felicia Rice An exploration of the the book artist as performance artist, with Felicia Rice


11/15/2014 | 4:30 pm
Hilos de Amor
Benefit for the Chicana Latina Foundation & Instituto Familiar de la Raza

Galería will host this one-day exhibition of exquisit handmade huipiles and textiles from Mexico and Guatemala.  Hilos de Amor celebrates Indígena textile artists who work from a long line of ancient knowledge and skills that have been carefully handed, generation-by-generation, from mother to daughter. Hilos de Amor is curated by Patricia Rodriguez.

Viva La Vida: An Evening of Remembrance and Celebration

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. Click the image for more information.

11/2/2014 - 11/15/2014
No Justice, No Peace
By Oree Originol

No Justice, No Peace was created by artist Oree Origianol and was inspired by his latest body of work Justice For Our Lives (JFOL). JFOL, is a series of portraits of people from marginalized communities who have lost their lives due state violence and hate crimes.

11/2/2014 - 3/11/2015
No Justice, No Peace
By Oree Originol

No Justice, No Peace, created by artist Oree Origianol, was inspired by his latest body of work: Justice For Our Lives (JFOL). JFOL is a series of portraits of individuals from marginalized communities who have lost their lives due to state violence or hate crimes.  This digital mural represents a central component of our Day of the Dead event, Creating Sacred Space, in which we honor those who have succumbed to injustice.

10/25/2014 - 11/1/2014
Proudly Trans* Art Activism
Gabrielle Le Roux and Julio Salgado

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.


10/8/2014 | 7:30 pm
Lunada ~ Literary Lounge & Open Mic
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
This fall, Lunada Literary Lounge, embarks on an artistic rite of passage, marking 15 years as the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual and performance gathering dedicated to spoken word, music, storytelling and performance.
In the Quinceañera tradition, throughout the year, the Lunada will acknowledge and feature Madrinas and Padrinos: artists and leaders who - through poetry, song, film, and narrative - reflect the creative and artistic spirit of the Lunada, including Guillermo Gomez Peña, Nina Serrano, Achy Obejas, Marc David Pinate, Aurora Guerrero, and many more. 

Featured artists Nina Serrano / Dylan Amaro-McIntyre / Alejandra Mojica

10/4/2014 - 11/2/2014
Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls
Decorate your own Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skull Decorating Workshops for the month of October until Nov. 2nd

Sundays (Starting Oct. 4th) 11am to 4pm 
Fridays (Starting October 10th) 4pm to 9pm
Saturdays (Starting October 11) 4pm to 9pm

Friday's 4pm - 9pm

Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 5pm

10/4/2014 - 11/9/2014
Ralph Maradiaga | Sun in Scorpio
An Unerring Gift of Leadership

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.

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.

9/20/2014 - 9/21/2014
Cine+Mas 2014 Latino Film Festival
Not So Short Shorts Program: Chub, Irene, Milk & Honey, Velasco

Galería is happy to continue our partnership with Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival by hosting a series of short film screenings on September 20-21. These films promise to entertain and provoke thought and dialogue.

9/11/2014 | 7:00 pm
Reading and Q&A with LeAnne Howe
Join LeAnne Howe for a reading from her new book, Choctalking on Other Realities, followed by a Q&A session.

9/8/2014 | 7:30 pm
Lunada ~ Literary Lounge & Open Mic
FALL 2014 SEASON OPENER ~ Honoring our San Jose Roots

Featuring Yosimar Reyes, Lorenz Mazon Dumuk, Melissa Lozano, & Maribel Martinez

In Fall 2014, Lunada Literary Lounge embarks on an artistic rites of passage, marking 15 years as the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual and performance gathering. As we celebrate our own Quinceañera - coming of age as a community event dedicated to spoken word, music, storytelling and performance - our Season Opener is dedicated to Lunada’s San Jose roots, where this lunar Bay Area tradition began. All of the featured artists performing at this event are from San Jose: Yosimar Reyes, who joins us a guest curator, as well as Lorenz Mazon DumukMelissa Lozano, and Maribel Martínez.

OPEN MIC sign up at 7:15pm (8 slots)
Show starts at 7:30pm
$5.00 Admission

Host & Curator: Sandra García Rivera

8/9/2014 | 7:00 pm
Dancing with Desire: Chicana Lesbians in Contemporary Cinema
Erica Gomez in conversation with Raquel Gutiérrez

Join Queer Cultural Center (QCC) and Galería De La Raza for an Emerging Scholars conversation with Erica Gomez on her thesis project "Dancing with Desire" a work that argues that desire is an embodied and affective language that can be used to reclaim ancestral archives, communicate lesbian desire through dance, and recreate cultural connections through music and dialogue. The conversation will be lead by QCC board member, Raquel Gutiérrez.

RSVP via Facebook

8/9/2014 | 12:00 pm
Women Are Perfect (If You Let Them!)
Exhibition and Opening Reception BBQ

Women’s bodies are a site for incendiary, transformative art as a humanizing conversation between the viewer and the audience. Artist Jessica Sabogal’s latest series of paintings “Women Are Perfect! (If You Let Them)” is the beginning of a campaign for radical understanding, self-expression and a movement for the evolution of natural identity and body justice.

Opening Reception BBQ: August 9 at 12pm

Music by: DJ Wonway

Jessica SABOGAL, 2014, Artist in Residence
Jessica SABOGAL, 2014, Artist in Residence
8/9/2014 - 9/30/2014
Women Are Perfect (If You Let Them!)
Studio 24 Exhibition
Artist Jessica Sabogal’s latest series of paintings “Women Are Perfect! (If You Let Them)” is the beginning of a campaign for radical understanding, self-expression and a movement for the evolution of natural identity and body justice.

8/3/2014 | 12:00 pm
Day of the Dead Preparation & Sugar Skull Production

We will be making sugar skulls from scratch, community members are welcomed and encouraged to stop by and help out. Come play with sugar and help us get ready for a SWEET Dia de los Muertos! 

This event is free and open to the public.

8/2/2014 - 9/19/2014
Carving Through Borders
Gallery Exhibition

#CarvingThroughBorders project is a collection of 13 oversized woodblock prints with pro-migrant messaging commissioned by CultureStrike.

Undocumented and documented artists from the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York and Florida were asked to illustrate various aspects of migration with a local, national or worldwide scope: detention, deportation, displacement, discrimination, exploitation, violence, youth, criminalization, legalization, economic and ecological brutality wherever and however it occurs.

Artists: Santi Armengod, Felipe Baeza, Carol Montes, Julio Salgado, Favianna Rodriguez, Susalita Cortez, Oree Originol, Chucha Marquez, Imin Yeh, Emory Douglas, James Williams, Rommy Enciso, DJ Agana, Erin Yoshi

8/2/2014 - 11/1/2014
Blooming In The Midst of Gentrification
Digital Mural
"Blooming In The Midst of Gentrification" is a collaboration between youth from People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (P.O.D.E.R.), Galeria De La Raza and CultureStrike. 

Fiestas Fridas
Film Screening

$10 entrance fee collected at the door.

We honor the life of the artist with a visual retelling of her life. The first ever Frida Kahlo documentary “The Life and Death of Frida Kahlo as told to David and Karen Crommie” of San Francisco. A 1976 documentary with interviews of the eleven people that knew Frida best. Before Salma Hayek produced her iconic film Frida, there was Frida - Naturaleza Viva/Frida - Still Life. Ofelia Medina took on the epic role at the direction of Paul Leduc; considered a classic in Mexican cinematic history. The film evokes memories of Frida's childhood, of the streetcar accident that caused her terrible pain and affliction, her friendship with Trotsky and painter Alfaro Siqueiros, her marriage to Diego Rivera, her miscarriage, her political commitment and her love affairs. Featuring live art, music and a toast the Mother of all who survive and thrive.


6/20/2014 | 10:00 pm
Qumbia Qrew Fundraiser for Galería de la Raza
Dance Party | Fundraiser
Queer and trans-inclusive, poc-centered dance benefit to raise awareness of issues impacting our communities, proceeds support the work of organizations and groups.

6/20/2014 - 6/21/2014
Join Galería at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
Galería De La Raza is co-presenting two films at this years Framline film festival.

Reading/ Performance by Juliana Delgado Lopera

Presented in collaboration with the National Queer Arts Festival, Cuéntamelo! is a bilingual collection of oral histories/illustrations from elder LGBT Spanish-speaking immigrants.


6/19/2014 - 7/27/2014
¡Mujeres Divinas y Poderosas!
¡Mujeres Divinas y Poderosas! is a Digital Mural Project celebrating #LuchaTransLatina. We are honored to partner once again with YBCA’s In Community Program to present our latest installment of our Digital Mural Project (DMP) Residency Series, featuring artist Lexx Valdez and El/La Para Translatinas.
Public program at Brava! Theater Center: Saturday, July 26, 8pm  
Under the direction of artists La Chica Boom and DavEnd, participants will present works they have created that offer an antidote to violence at Brava! Theater Center. This program is the result of a year-long project with El/La Para TransLatinas, a community center in the Mission District that provides a safe haven for transgendered Latina immigrants.

6/14/2014 - 6/15/2014 | 3:00 pm
QWOCMAP Film Festival

Galería del la Raza is proud to be a community sponsor for the Queer Women of Color Media Arts (QWOCMAP) Film Festival!

Join us for 3 days of film. Stop by the Galería table and say hello.

Learn more about the festival


6/13/2014 | 8:00 pm
La Bamba 2: Hell is a Drag!!!!!!
Film Screening
Come see all of la action, la heavy petting and la surrealism in Rob Fatal's feature-length, trash/sci-fi/horror/avant-garde all-drag sequel to the 1987 hit film LA BAMABA….. come see La Bamba 2: Hell is a Drag!!!!!! Its The Inferno-meets Faust-meets LA BAMBA!

Featuring a special screening of filmmaker Val Killmore Castro's epic short film ROOM167: An experimental re-imaging of the death of Yasmina Mantequilla from the woman obsessed with her. Finally hear Ofelia's side of the story about what really happened between her and Yasmina on that fateful night, March 31st, 1995 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Perra Pumps will be doing a preshow homage to the music of Richie Valens! 

6/12/2014 | 7:30 pm
Lunada Literary Lounge - Spring Season Closer
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
Featured artists MICHELLE SERROS and GAMAL CHASTEN ~ Open Mic sign-up at 7:15pm

6/11/2014 - 7/25/2014
Youth So Educated Are Dangerous
Exhibition Closing Friday

Presented by Galería de la Raza and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts/YBCA In Community

Galería de la Raza is pleased to partner with the In Community Program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in presenting Youth So Educated Are Dangerous, an exhibition featuring work by the Central American Family Resource Center of San Francisco’s Youth Leadership Cohort (YLC).

5/30/2014 | 6:00 pm
Public Program: Artist Demonstration by Ian Kuali'i

Works in Progress, by Ian Kuali'i

Location: de Young Museum Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden

For more information click here

5/24/2014 - 5/25/2014 | 11:00 am
Galería at Carnaval 2014!

Galeria de la Raza is proud to participate in the 36th annual CARNAVAL SF. This year we will be hosting a booth in the artist/vendors section. Learn about upcoming programs and ways that you can get involved in the Galería community. 

Stop by and say hello!

For more details click here

Page from "When You Sleep: A Survey of Shizu Saldamando"
Page from "When You Sleep: A Survey of Shizu Saldamando"
4/19/2014 | 1:00 pm
"Connected by the 5"
Shizu Saldamando & Raquel Gutiérrez Double Book Signing

4/18/2014 | 7:00 pm
"Amorcito Maricón" book release
With author Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano in attendance

4/16/2014 - 5/31/2014
Estamos Aqui / Fragments 2
By Ian Kuali'i

4/14/2014 | 7:30 pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge
Spoken Word ~ Música ~ Open Mic
National Poetry Month with featured artists Norman Zelaya & Estela de la Cruz under a Total Lunar Eclipse 

Screenprint by local artist Salvador Salazar (age 12)
Screenprint by local artist Salvador Salazar (age 12)
4/12/2014 | 12:00 pm
Cesar Chavez Day Parade

4/12/2014 - 5/31/2014
Current Exhibition:"Paper and Blade: Storytelling under the Knife"
Works by Mayumi Hamanaka, Adrienne Heloise, Ian Kuali`i and Kai Margarida-Ramírez de Arellano
Presented in partnership with Kua'aina Associates and the de Young Museum

View the final installation of new works by four diverse paper cut artists as their de Young Artist Fellows project comes to an end. 


Artist Demonstration Friday, May 30 | 6:00 pm Works in Progress, by Ian Kuali'i at de Young Museum, Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden

Artist Talk and Closing Party,  Saturday, May 31 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Artist Talk facilitated by Carolyn Kuali'i with artist: Mayumi Hamanaka, Adrienne Heloise, Ian Kuali`i and Kai Margarida-Ramírez

4/5/2014 - 4/19/2014 | 7:30 pm
Galería presents ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente?
Three venues, 22 Latino poets, and much more!

4/4/2014 - 4/5/2014 | 8:00 pm
Secos Y Mojados: "DREAMS/ueños - AUSCENCIA/bsence" @ Galería
This weekend, Galería de la Raza is proud to present Secos Y Mojados, a San Francisco based transnational performance collective. The trio will be presenting the third and final segment of their BORDER TRIP(tych) project: DREAMS/ueños - AUSENCIA/bsence.

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Galería de la Raza: an Interdisciplinary Chicano/Latino Space for Art, Thought and Activism
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