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Tue 11/29
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Mon 11/14 | 7:30 pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge @ SFMOMA
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
Featuring Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Kat Evasco, and Camilo y los Robot Ninjas, at the the Koret Education Center. Open Mic sign-up at 7pm


Wed 11/2 | 5:00 pm
Día de los Muertos

Join Galería de la Raza for our annual Día de los Muertos remembrance and celebration. This year we will feature poets THEA MATTHEWS and CHRIS “L7” CUADRADO. The evening will be opened with a blessing from the folks at BAAITS and emceed by PERSIA with a DJ set by CHULITA VINYL CLUB.

Studio 24’s voting project “¡Mi Gente Vota!” will also be live screen printing posters.

The event will take place in front of our digital mural project on the corner of 24th Street and Bryant Street.


Wed 10/26 - Wed 11/23
"Mi Gente Vota"
Digital Mural by Chris Robertson

As part of the the "!Mi Gente Vota!" project we present our latest digital mural.

Arist Statement: “I'm a Canadian settler living on unceded Kanien'kehá:ka traditional territory (’Montreal’). We are neighbours, so for however much we dier politically and culturally, we have in common a shared interest in each other’s lives.


Sat 10/22 - Sun 10/30 | 12:00 pm
Sugar Skull Workshops with Michele!

You know it is Fall again when it is time to decorate sugar skulls with Michele!

Join us for two weekends of sugar skull decoration workshops on October 22 & 23 and October 29 & 30 from 12-5PM. Workshops are 1 hour and all ages are welcome. This is a great opportunity for small groups and families to have a fun weekend outing.

Your admission gets you one preformed sugar skull and decorations. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Buy your tickets in advance: http://sugarskulls2016.eventbrite.com


Sat 10/15 | 7:30 pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Featured artists: Tshaka Campbell and FR333 (Maddy "MADlines" Clifford & XOA) Open Mic sign-up 7:15pm, 10 spots on the list, 5 min. each

RSVP on our Facebook event page


Thu 9/29 - Tue 11/8
¡Mi Gente Vota!
Studio 24 Launches New Civic Engagement Project

Studio 24 is excited to launch a new project called ¡Mi Gente Vota!

Studio 24 is excited to launch this civic engagement project. The project aims to engage nuestra gente in the electoral process, either by inciting dialogue or by encouraging folks to take the next step to vote. Our first portfolio titled ¡Mi Gente Vota!commissioned works by Lenny Correa, Eric Garcia, Chris Robertson, and Lexx Valdez. The poster campaign will focus on 3 get out the vote activities: 1) we will circulate 11” x 17” non-partisan prints by each artist across the U.S. free of charge; 2) we will host a series of cultural interventions at various Bay Area sites where we will engage the public in the printmaking activity; 3) we will create a dedicated website and social media channels providing information on voter registration and other opportunities for civic engagement.

The long-term goal is that through the activities of the Studio 24 printmaking program a creation of unique and new visual narratives can be used as tools to support broader social justice movements and can offer a wide reach beyond the Chicano/Latino communitStudio 24 is excited to launch ¡Mi Gente Vota! a civic engagement project!

Prints have historically been known for the ability to promote unity among a community of people. Often these images can articulate an idea and disseminate it quickly and effectively; they are announcements, visions, and ideals nourished by artists to rally community together. As an institution that has provided an international and intergenerational forum for the examination and expression of artistic concepts central to the Chicano/Latino experience, Galería de la Raza (Galería) has once again committed dedicated space in Studio 24 to engage communities with the digital and screen printmaking traditions.

As 2016 marks an election year, our first project aims to engage nuestra gente in the electoral process, either by inciting dialogue or by encouraging folks to take the next step to vote. Our first portfolio titled ¡Mi Gente Vota! commissioned works by Lenny Correa, Eric Garcia, Chris Robertson, and Lexx Valdez. The poster campaign will focus on 3 get out the vote activities: 1) we will circulate 11” x 17” non-partisan prints by each artist across the U.S. free of charge; 2) we will host a series of cultural interventions at various Bay Area sites where we will engage the public in the printmaking activity; 3) we will create a dedicated website and social media channels providing information on voter registration and other opportunities for civic engagement.

Visit Mi Gente Vota for more information and to download the posters.

Also find the project on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We encourage you to use the #migentevota hastag.


Wed 9/28 - Sun 10/2
The Formaldehyde Trip - Naomi Rincón Gallardo
Work In Progress

Galería de la Raza & SFMOMA present a behind-the-scenes look at The Formaldehyde Trip, Mexico City-based artist Naomi Rincón Gallardo’s new performance and video work that weaves together Mesoamerican cosmologies, feminist activism and theory, and indigenous women’s struggles for their territories. This new commission imagines the murdered Mixtec activist Alberta “Bety” Cariño in her journey through the underworld where she encounters warriors, witches, and the dual-gendered goddess of death. Rincón Gallardo’s

Schedule of Events:

Screening of Selected Video Works by Naomi Ricón Gallardo

Thursday, Sept. 29th - 11am to 9pm
Friday, Sept. 30th - 11am to 5pm
Saturday, Oct. 1st - 11am to 1pm
Sunday, Oct. 2nd - 11am to 1pm

The Formaldehyde Trip

Saturday, Oct. 1st - 1pm to 4pm: Open Rehearsals
Saturday, Oct 1st - 4pm to 5pm: Work In Progress Previews

Sunday, Oct. 2nd - 1pm to 4pm: Open Rehearsals
Sunday, Oct. 2nd - 4pm to 5pm: Work In Progress Previews


Sat 9/24 - Sat 12/10
Reckoning with Hxstory
Solo show by Carlos F. Jackson
Galería de la Raza presents Reckoning with Hxstory, a solo show by Carlos F. Jackson. Works presented bring together three strains of imagery, all manifested as large format 3’ x 4’ screenprints. Utilizing historical movements, Jackson builds a narrative that highlights structural inequalities through the use of textual statements, contemporary manifestations, and visual breakdowns of key foundational Chicanx texts that provide a decolonial theoretical basis for action.


Fri 9/16 | 7:30 pm
Lunada Literary Lounge @ SF MOMA
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

LUNADA hosts our September literary ritual at the SF MOMA in the Koret Education Center, to kick-off Galeria de la Raza’s exhibit Remezcla Gráfica / Graphic RemixFeatured artists: Aleja Cobarrubiaz, L7, and a reading by the contributing poets from Josué Rojas broadsides project, ¡Gentromancer! 

OPEN MIC: Sign-up at 7:00pm (at the entrance on Minna St.)

Tickets: https://www.sfmoma.org/event/lunada-september/


Fri 9/16 - Sun 1/8
Remezcla Gráfica / Graphic Remix
SFMOMA Floor 2, Koret Education Center

Remezcla Gráfica / Graphic Remix highlights the visually arresting, witty, and politically charged temporary murals at the gallery’s Bryant and 24th Street location that have become one of Galería’s most iconic programs.

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The exhibition—the latest in a long line of collaborations between SFMOMA and Galería de la Raza—presents a three-quarter-scale mural, a set of postcards featuring one mural for each year of the program, and a selection of silkscreened posters reflecting the Latino and Chicano experience and the Galería’s commitment to civic engagement.

Enrique Chago, 1492 – Lo que la apropiacion me ha dado – 1992, from the portfolio Beyond 1992, 1992; © Galería de la Raza; image: courtesy Galeria de la Raza Archive Collection


Fri 9/2 | 6:30 pm
Juan Gabriel Presente
Tribute and Celebration in honor of Juan Gabriel

Galería de la Raza is pleased to host a night where we honor, mourn and celebrate our beloved artist, Juan Gabriel. Known to many as Juanga, his brazenness and conviction will always remind us that out of sorrow and downfall, one can persevere and leave an unfathomable legacy. 

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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 SFeatured 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.

RSVP via Facebook


Thu 8/11 | 8:30 pm
"All of Me" Documentary Film Screening and Closing Reception
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


Thu 8/11 - Sat 9/17
Mujeres Luz
Talavera-Ballón | Studio 24

Mujeres Luz is an art exhibit dedicated to Las Patronas and migrants who travel on La Bestia inspired by the film All of Me (Llevate mis Amores). When Talavera-Ballón saw the movie at the San Francisco Film Festival last year, he was so moved that he traveled to Veracruz, Mexico to meet and paint these incredible women.

Learn more about Las Patronas in this photo essay by Remezcla contributor Hans-Maximo Musielik


Wed 8/10 - Sat 9/10
Artist-in-Residence
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.


Sun 7/31 | 6:00 pm
ENCUENTRO DE SON JAROCHO OAKLAND
Book Talk, Film Screening, and Concert

Studio Grand and Galería de la Raza are pleased to bring you Encuentro De Son Jarocho Oakland. With the vision of Esther Cruz and Flora Zulli along with the generous support of the Akonadi Foundaiton’s Beloved Community fund. We will close the month out with a book talk with scholar Alvaro Alcántara López, a screening of director J. Xavier Velasco’s documentary “Medio del Agua"/"In Between Waters,"  and a concert with Los Vega. 

Sunday, July 31, 6:00PM-9:30PM

We recommend purchasing tickets in advance for the Sunday, July 31st book talk, film screening, and concert - $15 Pre-sale/$20 at the door.

Purchase your tickets here


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. 


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.


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

Tickets: https://bombaislife.eventbrite.com

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.


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:

www.bombaislife-workshops.eventbrite.com

Workshops:


7/14 - Thursday

Dance Workshop w/ Tata Cepeda
7:30-9pm

African American Art & Culture Complex Dance Studio (Studio A)

762 Fulton, San Francisco, CA 94102

$25

7/16 - Saturday

Dance Workshop (advanced) w/ Tata Cepeda
11:30-1pm 

Dance Workshop (women and men) w/ Cary Martinez and Rafael Cepeda Rivera
1:30-3pm

Trilliant Dance Studio Oakland, 130 Linden Street, Oakland 94607
$25 each workshop

7/17- Sunday

Song Class w/ Mario and Jesus Cepeda
1-2:30pm

Studio Grand Oakland, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

$25


Sun 6/19 | 7:30 pm
LUNADA - Summer Solstice 2016
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
Lunada Season Closer features Trey Amos and Denise Benavides. Sign-up at 7:15pm for the Open Mic.


Thu 6/16 - Sat 6/18 | 7:00 pm
Prieto
Yosimar Reyes' Autobiographical One-Man Show

Guerrilla RepGalería de la Raza and Define American present a staged reading of Prieto, a new autobiographical solo show by Yosimar Reyes directed by Kat Evasco and Sarita Ocón.

 

3 night engagement: June 16, 17, 18 from 7-8:30PM

Get your tickets here 

 

Nationally acclaimed poet and spoken-word artist Yosimar Reyes expands his repertoire to include a full-length solo performance. Prieto is an autobiographical one-man show that follows Yosimar’s journey growing up queer, poor, and undocumented in the hoods of Eastside San Jose. While his grandmother and grandfather recycle bottles and cans to pay for the rent, the boys on his block constantly tease him for acting like a girl. As a young boy, Yosimar struggles to understand and wrap his head around manhood, until he wraps his mouth around it. Find out how Bell Hooks f’s with his money, how James Baldwin helps him embrace his queerness, and how The Color Purple saves his life. Because no matter how hard things get, he knows he has it better than Celie.

 

Something special is happening each night of the performance. 

 

June 16 - The staged reading will be followed by a conversation with the lead artists.
June 17 - The staged reading will be followed by a conversation about what it means to be undocumented today, including a panel of service providers, artists, and activists. 
June 18 - The staged reading will be followed by Yosimar's Putería Pride Kick-Off Party.

 


Sun 6/12 - Sun 7/31
Queer Icons
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.


Sat 6/4 | 4:00 pm
Cathy Arellano Book Release Party
Co-Hosted by Korima Press

Join Cathy Arellano, Korima Press and Galería de la Raza for a book release party and reading for Cathy's new book published by Korima Press "Salvation on Mission Street."

RSVP Here

Book description:
The poetry and prose in the collection explore the deep love instilled in a people for themselves and their homeland even as they battle loss in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Author Bio:
Just another Mexican lesbian writer from San Francisco’s Mission District, Cathy Arellano grew up here in the late 1960s to early 80s surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents on her mother’s side. In 1983, new owners evicted her mother from the flat they were renting, and she passed away less than a year later. Arellano returned and taught youth in the neighborhood. "Salvation’s" poems and stories are her creative offering to a people and place she loves.


Thu 6/2 | 6:00 pm
Muck and Sparkle: The Magic and Pain of Survival (Opening Reception)
Presented by Queer Youth Productions, Galería de la Raza & Queer Cultural Center

With hands outstretched to the future, Queer Youth Productions’ traveling exhibit, Muck and Sparkle: The Magic and Pain of Survival, brings forth the art of expanding hearts and the paradox of possibility in a candid array of artwork from LGBTQIA2S youth. The show brings with it the specter of struggle that youth maneuver to (re)claim space and carve out the complexities of their identities.

Alongside powerful depictions of self determination, this exhibit transcends the two dimensional, offering a unique glimpse into the less-often-heard-seen-thought-touched-interiority of vulnerability that comes with uncovering (un)truths of gender and sexuality. By centering voices of queer youth, we are able to reflect upon work that has been done in queer communities as well as build intergenerational conversations for envisioning supportive and liberating futures. Within these artworks is a resilient force of magic that speaks to a collective and time-defying queer tongue.


Sat 5/21 | 7:30 pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge - May 2016
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Featured artists: Aida Salazar, Vickie Vertiz, and Sarah Jimenez. 

A Xicana trifecta of writers, whose stories & poetry reflect ancestry, spirit, love, familia, homegirls, rucas, and the gritty life of barrio streets.


Sat 5/7 - Sat 7/16
F.T.P: For the People
UPCOMING EXHIBITION

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. 


Thu 4/28 - Sat 6/11
What We Do To The Mountain, We Do To Ourselves
By Chip Thomas
Artist Statement: In Flagstaff, Arizona, there is an effort on the part of the Navajo and Hopi tribes to not use reclaimed waste water on a local ski resort, the Snowbowl. The thirteen surrounding tribes hold the San Francisco Peaks as a sacred mountain and land. The tribes believe that deities within their respective cosmologies reside there. To use reclaimed wastewater is considered a desecration in a place where Indigenous people go regularly to pray, collect herbs and to be in the presence of the holy ones.


Thu 4/21 | 7:30 pm
Lunada Literary Lounge ~ April 2016
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

With a spotlight on our South Bay roots, Lunada’s April line-up features readers from the recently released anthology De-Bug: Voices from the Underside of Silicon Valley, including Anthony King, Liz Gonzalez, and Angel Luna, edited by Jean Melesaine and Raj Jayadev, with stories of the dot-com boom from everyone but the techies.

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OPEN MIC: Sign-up at 7:15pm / 8 slots on the list / 5 min. each, featuring first-timers, veteranos, poets and musicians, under the light of the full moon.

Host: Sandra García Rivera
$5.00 Admission


Wed 3/23 | 7:30 pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge - MARCH 2016
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Featuring writer/performer Marga Gomez, and Son Jarocho by Tarimba. Open Mic sign-up at 7:15pm.

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Lunada celebrates Mes Internacional de la Mujer featuring Tarimba, who will bring the heart of the Son Jarocho tradition to Galeria with multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Kyla Danysh and Dolores "Lolis" García. Writer, performer, and stand-up comedian Marga Gomez will perform an excerpt from her work-in-progress Latin Standards, about fathers, entertainment, wealth, poverty and café cubano. 


Sat 3/19
The Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarship Workshop

The Chicana Latina Foundation offers 31 scholarships of $1,500 ea. to Chicana/Latina women. Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate Chicana/Latina students who attend school full-time.

Learn more by attending the scholarship application workshop at Galería. The workshop will help you navigate the application process and answer questions you might have.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 12pm-2pm

For more info & to download the scholarship application visit: http://www.chicanalatina.org/scholarship.html

To RSVP and for more info: melissa@chicanalatina.org

 


Sat 3/12 - Sat 4/16
Paul Lewin
Digital Mural

Paul Lewin is a self-taught artist born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973 and moved to the U.S. with his family in 1977. While he currently resides in Oakland, CA, he grew up in Miami, FL. Raised by a family of storytellers, Lewin grew fond of his father’s stories of the old country in Jamaica and became inspired by the cultures he was introduced to as a child. Initially starting with pencil and paper to create his own stories and representations of himself, he continued to paint in acrylics as his medium.

 


Fri 2/26 - Sat 2/27
Gallery Closed
Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb 27

Galería de la Raza and Studio 24 will be closed on Friday and Saturday so the staff can attend a retreat. We will resume our normal hours of operation on Tuesday, March 1.

We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you when we return. 


Mon 2/22 - Sun 6/19 | 7:30 pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge ~ Calendar
2016 Spring Season
LUNADA is the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering devoted to spoken word, música, song, and story. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza, and guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, each LUNADA features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage.
LUNADA is the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary
ritual & performance gathering devoted to spoken word,
música, song, and story. Located in the heart of the Mission
District at Galería de la Raza, and guest curated by some of
the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, each
LUNADA features community poets, local legends, visiting
mystics, and other mero meros of the stage.LUNADA is the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering devoted to spoken word, música, song, and story. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza, and guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, each LUNADA features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage.


Mon 2/22
LUNADA Literary Lounge - 2016 Spring Season Opener
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Featuring CARLOS DISDIER, MELISSA REYES & CINTHYA MUÑOZ. OPEN MIC Sign-Up at 7:15pm.

RSVP here

OPEN MIC: Sign-up at 7:15pm / 8 spots on the list / 5 min. ea.
HOST: SANDRA GARCIA RIVERA
 
$5.00 ADMISSION


Sat 2/20 - Sat 4/16
Womxn Are Perfect!
Group Exhibition

Exhibition Closes April 16, 2016!

Click to read the SF Chonicle article "A ‘Perfect’ vision of women at La Raza" by Ryan Kost.

A ‘Perfect’ vision of women at La Razaby Ryan Kost

Galería de la Raza is pleased to present Womxn Are Perfect! The works in this exhibition define and reclaim what perfection means by, for and about self-identifying womxn. Through different mediums and approaches, the featured artists in this exhibition challenge hetero-normative narratives of womxn perfection. The works offer a celebration of taboo bodies, sexual identities, self-love and awareness of self-worth that stand in opposition to oppressive systems and expectations. The exhibiting artists emerge with a contemporary, unapologetic and relentless vision of womxn perfection.

Exhibiting Artists:

Cynthia Brannvall, Carolina Briseño, Carmen Castorena, Eliana Cetto, Chichis, Abijah Corpuz, Mia Duran, Trinidad Escobar, Jenelle Esparza, Crystal Galindo, Suzy Gonzalez, Julieta Granados, Olivia Hernandez, Diana Kalaji, Luz E. Magdaleno, Francis Mead, Tina Medina, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Liz Misterio, Breena Nuñez, Lidija Ristic, La Bala Rodriguez, RAEchel Running, Jessica Sabogal, Devika Sen, Rebekah Tarin, Cristina Velazquez, T.W. Five, Mujeres Grabando Resistencias


Tue 1/12 - Sun 1/31
Womxn Are Perfect! Open Call for Artists
Submit art for consideration to be included in Womxn Are Perfect! Exhibition - February 2016

Galeria de la Raza starts the year of 2016 with an exhibition honoring womxn. This exhibition seeks to define what perfection means by, for and about womxn. Womxn Are Perfect! is open to artists who self-identify as womxn to submit their works for this upcoming show in February.

Interested artists are asked to submit 1-3 works of art that speaks to, redefines, and challenges what the hetero-normative womxn perfection means to them. Womxn of color, queer, trans and gender non-conforming visual artists and art collaborations are highly encouraged to apply. We welcome works in all mediums and alternative practices to apply.

To apply: Submit the following to curatorial@galeriadelaraza.org by midnight, January 31, 2016

• Artist Bio (100 words maximum)

• A brief statement about your art/practice and why/how it fits into this exhibition

• 1-3 images of works as JPEG image attachments. Please list the title, date, size and medium of each piece.

Deadline: 11:59pm, Sunday, January 31 2016

Artists will be notified of acceptance on February 5th. Artists will be responsible for delivering their work to Galeria de la Raza by February 10th-February 13th.


Wed 1/6 - Wed 2/10
Back from the Holiday Break

While we are open during regular business hours please note that we are between exhibitions. We are taking this time to do some sprusing up of the space while the next exhibition titled "Womxn are Perfect" is being curated. The exhibition will open on February 20, 2016 and will seek to define what perfection means by, for and about womxn.

We are seeking artists to submit work for consideration to be in the exhibition. Click for more info.

Stop in and say hello! If you are still feeling the holiday spirit please volunteer to help us with some of the clean up tasks we are tackling. You can reach Dara at volunteer@galeriadelaraza.org for more information.

If you have other questions please direct them to the appropriate staff person.

We would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to each and everyone of you who helped make 2015 such an exciting year!


12/21/2015 - 1/5/2016
Galería de la Raza Closed During Holiday
December 21 - January 6


11/25/2015 | 7:30 pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge ~ Fall 2015 Season Closer
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Featured artists Maria Jose Montijo & Suzana Huerta, with 10 spots on the Open Mic and five minutes to shine under the lunar spotlight, sign-up at 7:15pm.

RSVP on our Facebook event page


11/25/2015 - 12/1/2015
Holiday Schedule
Galería closed Nov 25 through Dec 1


11/20/2015 - 11/21/2015 | 8:00 pm
San Francisco, Mi Amor!
Written & Performed by Monica Palacios
Monica happily reunites with René Yañez and the Galería De La Raza for a production of, San Francisco, Mi Amor!, a comedic look back at a groundbreaking career during a remarkable time in LGBTQ and Chicana history.
Renowned Chicana lesbian writer/performer Monica Palacios returns to the city by the bay, the birthplace of her queer comedy career with her new work in progress: San Francisco, Mi Amor!, produced by Galería De La Raza and Artist René Yañez. San Francisco, Mi Amor! is a homecoming to Monica's 1980's: San Francisco State, Gay Comedy Night at the Valencia Rose Cabaret, lusting for women making her burritos at Taqueria La Cumbre, performing comedy during the AIDS crisis, waitressing at Pier 39, birthing the comedy troupe Culture Clash, meeting and auditioning for Edward James Olmos on 24th Street, grooming her mullet and mucho mucho mas!

Monica happily reunites with René Yañez and the Galería De La Raza for a production of, San Francisco, Mi Amor!, a comedic look back at a groundbreaking career during a remarkable time in LGBTQ and Chicana history.

Tix: www.monicapalacios.eventbrite.com

Renowned Chicana lesbian writer/performer Monica Palacios returns to the city by the bay, the birthplace of her queer comedy career with her new work in progress: San Francisco, Mi Amor!, produced by Galería De La Raza and Artist René Yañez. San Francisco, Mi Amor! is a homecoming to Monica's 1980's: San Francisco State, Gay Comedy Night at the Valencia Rose Cabaret, lusting for women making her burritos at Taqueria La Cumbre, performing comedy during the AIDS crisis, waitressing at Pier 39, birthing the comedy troupe Culture Clash, meeting and auditioning for Edward James Olmos on 24th Street, grooming her mullet and mucho mucho mas!


11/15/2015 | 5:00 pm
Book Release Party for "Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl"
Leticia Hernandez

Join Galería de la Raza and Tía Chucha Press in celebrating the publication of "Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl" by Leticia Hernández-Linares. 

Hosted by Norman Zelaya
Music by Diana Gameros 

Special Guest Poets:
San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía
Naomi Quiñonez
Rubén Martinez
Nancy Hom 
Tomás Riley 
Raina Leon
Arlene Biala
Sandra García Rivera 
Melissa Lozano 
Raquel Gutierrez
Drea Chicas
and 
Leticia Hernández-Linares reading from her new book! 

RSVP for the event here


11/14/2015 | 1:00 pm
The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation
Reading and Book Signing

Please join Galeria de la Raza and Modern Times Bookstore in welcoming author Darrel Wanzer-Serrano on November 14 from 1:30-2:30 PM for a reading followed by a community discussion about his new book, The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation

The Young Lords was a multi-ethnic, though primarily Nuyorican, liberation organization that formed in El Barrio (Spanish Harlem) in July of 1969. Responding to oppressive approaches to the health, educational, and political needs of the Puerto Rican community, the movement’s revolutionary activism included organized protests and sit-ins targeting such concerns as trash pickups and lead paint hazards. The Young Lords advanced a thirteen-point political program that demanded community control of their institutions and land and challenged the exercise of power by the state and outsider-run institutions. For

More Info and to RSVP via Facebook click here


11/2/2015 | 6:00 pm
Día de los Muertos
Annual Gathering and Celebration
Join Galería De La Raza on 
Monday, November 2nd at 6PM
for an outdoor celebration to 
honor our ancestors.
Bringing together poets and musicians Galería will hold a community celebration that weaves our cultural traditions and defines new ones into the future.
Location:
Corner of 24th and Bryant
Free and open to the public
Featured Artist: 
Astrid Hadad
With Performances by:
Opening Blessing by
Nauhxa
Drumming by
Loco Bloco
Poetry by
Denise Benavides
Bomba by
Taller Bombalele

Galería de la Raza Presents Astrid Hadad at its annual Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration on Monday, November 2, 2015. The program is from 6pm to 8pm in front of Galería’s Digital Mural Project on Bryant Street/24th Streets. 

This evening community gathering will feature poets and musicians that weave our cultural traditions and define new ones into the future. 

We are thrilled to present headliner, Astrid Hadad, opening blessing by Nauhxa (educator), and performances by Loco Bloco (youth percussion ensemble), Denise Benavides (poet), Chhoti Maa (hip hop artist) and Taller Bombalele (Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba). This event will be hosted by performer/comedian Marga Gomez.


11/2/2015 - 12/20/2015
CURRENT EXHIBITION: Sacred Cartographies
The Art of Amalia Mesa-Bains
The mixed-media work of artist, psychologist, curator, and professor AmaliaMesa-Bains has been informed by a lifetime dedicated to research and creative arts. Through an exploration of ancient and contemporary histories, Mesa-Bains traces how the past informs the present. Inspired by extensive study of the mythical Mictlan to the visual legacy of Nigeria, the artist has produced a series of rarely seen prints, which layer the visual narratives of people and places as well as cultures and histories.

While Amalia Mesa-Bains works in a variety of mediums, she is perhaps best-known for her intricate and large-scale contemporary installations and interpretations of the traditional sacred forms of altar, ofrenda, descanso and capilla. For this exhibition, Mesa-Bains has recreated the installation, Borders: Emblems of the Decade from the historic New York Decade show of 1990, done in collaboration with scholar Victor Zamudio Taylor. Borders as ofrenda is dedicated to the life and death of Mexican curator, Victor Zamudio-Taylor. Drawing parallels between historical and contemporary issues in art and culture formed the foundation of Zamudio-Taylor’s life’s work, and in this exhibition, we find the same dedication reflected in the art of Amalia’s Mesa-Bains

The mixed-media work of artist, psychologist, curator, and professor Amalia Mesa-Bains has been informed by a lifetime dedicated to research and the creative arts. Through an exploration of ancient and contemporary histories, Mesa-Bains traces how the past informs the present. Inspired by extensive study of the mythical Mictlan to the visual legacy of Nigeria, the artist has produced a series of rarely seen prints, which layer visual narratives of people and places as well as cultures and histories.


10/27/2015
LUNADA Literary Lounge - Oct. 2015
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
Featured artists Kata Miletich, Javier Navarrette, and Pedro Rosales ~ Open Mic: 8 spots on the list, five minutes each ~ Sign-up at 7:15pm
¡Candela! The October Lunada celebrates verso, canto, y tambor with an intimate evening of “unplugged” performances by prominent musicians of the contemporary Bay Area Latin music scene. Spanish born Kata Miletich is a lyricist, vocalist, and the lead singer of LoCura, one of the most popular bands in the Bay. Javier Navarrette and Pedro Rosales will be featured in a special collaborative performance of explosive Afro-Peruvian and Afro-Cuban percussion. The Lunada OPEN MIC invites poets, lyricists, storytellers, musicians, laureates and first-timers to share their inspiration under the lunar spotlight.

Featured artists Kata Miletich, Javier Navarrette, and Pedro Rosales

Open Mic: 8 spots on the list, five minutes each ~ Sign-up at 7:15pm

¡Candela! The October Lunada celebrates verso, canto, y tambor with an intimate evening of “unplugged” performances by prominent musicians of the contemporary Bay Area Latin music scene. Spanish born Kata Miletich is a lyricist, vocalist, and the lead singer of LoCura, one of the most popular bands in the Bay. Javier Navarrette and Pedro Rosales will be featured in a special collaborative performance of explosive Afro-Peruvian and Afro-Cuban percussion. The Lunada OPEN MIC invites poets, lyricists, storytellers, musicians, laureates and first-timers to share their inspiration under the lunar spotlight.


10/22/2015 | 7:30 pm
The Other Barrio
Film Screening at Brava Theater Center

SF Noir Films Presents: "THE OTHER BARRIO"

Produced by: Louis F. Dematteis and Dante Betteo

Directed by: Dante Betteo

Staring: Richard Montoya, Veronica Valencia, Pearl Wong and Alejandro Murguia.

BUY TICKETS and MORE INFO: www.brava.org

The City is changing…neighborhood-by-neighborhood, block-by-block, bar-by-bar --change with it or fight fire with fire.

As if ripped from today's headlines reporting fires, evictions and protests in the streets, "The Other Barrio" follows housing inspector Roberto Morales as he investigates the suspicious circumstances of a fatal fire in a residential hotel in San Francisco’s rapidly gentrifying Mission District and finds himself face to face with murder in the streets, corruption at City Hall and the mysterious Sofia Nido, a beautiful but dangerous flame from his past.

Based on a story by SF Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, this film noir takes viewers deep into neighborhoods seen on film, while addressing the timely issues of gentrification and displacement of low-income communities.

 


10/9/2015 - 11/1/2015
Sugar Skull Workshops with Michele!

FINAL WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS!

Join Michele Simons as she hosts Sugar Skull decorating workshops for Dia del los Muerto's! Get messy with some glitter, glue, and sugar, and have lots of fun!

Friday from 5-9PM On Friday's youth can participate in a workshop for only $6 per person.

Sat-Sun from 12-6PM


10/1/2015 - 2/28/2015
DJ Agana
Mural
DJ Agana has lent her mural skills to Galería's digital mural space with a large scale version of images she created to celebrate the Lunanda Literary Lounge 15 year anniversary. The current mural is in place while we, at Galería, work to restore the digital mural structure to a usable state after the vandelism and fire over the summer. 

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