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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. 


9/27/2015
LUNADA Literary Lounge
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
Featured artists ADELA NAJARRO, BENJAMIN BAC SIERRA, and special guest CARLOS KOOKIE GONZALEZ ~ OPEN MIC Sign-up at 7:15pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
 
Sunday, September 27th, 2015, featured artists:
~ ADELA NAJARRO
~ BENJAMIN BAC SIERRA
~ Special Guest CARLOS KOOKIE GONZALEZ
~ OPEN MIC: Sign-up at 7:15pm, 8 spots on the list, 5 min. ea. 
~ Hosted by SANDRA GARCIA RIVERA
 
On the evening of a harvest moon total lunar eclipse, LUNADA features artists whose roots and hearts lay deep in the Mission, and whose work exemplifies community and youth empowerment: Published authors and educators Adela Najarro, and Benjamin Bac Sierra, with special guest muralist and percussionist Carlos Kookie Gonzalez, who will share the story of his most recent mural in homage to loved community member DJ Chata Gutierrez. The Lunada OPEN MIC invites poets, lyricists, musicians, storytellers, laureates and first-timers to share their inspiration under the lunar spotlight.


9/24/2015 | 7:00 pm
Aunt Lute Books Presents: Our Indigenous Flesh
Co-sponsored by Galería de la Raza
Join LeAnne Howe (Choctaw, author of Choctalking on Other Realities) and Ire'ne Lara Silva (Xicana, author of Flesh to Bone) as they read from their most recent titles and engage in a far-ranging discussion about the role of literature: in naming, healing, and remembering personal and communal histories; indigenous queerness; and the mystique of women of color writers.

Light refreshments will be provided.


9/16/2015 - 10/25/2015
CURRENT EXHIBITION: "Navigating By Hand"
Lorraine García-Nakata: A Retrospective 1964 - 2015

Exhibition Closing Sunday, Oct. 25

Join García-Nakata at Galería Oct. 21-23 for a 3 day arist-in-residency. 

San Francisco artist Lorraine García-Nakata chose the title Navigating by Hand to describe her retrospective exhibition at Galería de la Raza. The title of the show plays an important role in the experience of viewing García-Nakata’s prolific, comprehensive body of work; it not only draws attention to the intersections of Lorraine’s visual art history, creative processes, cultural and political influences, but also gestures to the multiple mediums and forms in which she works, and the arts career and family she has built by hand.


8/29/2015
LUNADA Literary Lounge ~ Fall 2015 Season Opener
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
Featured artists Chhoti Maa, Jason Bayani, and Open Mic with 10 spots on the list, sign-up at 7:15pm
Lunada skyrockets into our Fall 2015 season featuring CHHOTI MAA, whose raps, poems and songs are rooted in her grandmothers’ traditions of storytelling and poetic recitation, and JASON BAYANI, author of Amulet, a Kundiman fellow and veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene. The Lunada OPEN MIC has 10 spots on the list, inviting poets, lyricists, musicians, storytellers, laureates and first-timers to share their inspiration under the lunar spotlight.
Visit our Facebook event page for more information.


8/19/2015 | 9:00 pm
¡Miércoles Gigante!
A San Francisco Nightlife Fundraiser for Galeria de la Raza

Join us for the biggest dance club variety show since Sabado Gigante!

Hard French is excited to bring together our favorite nightlife events to raise funds for Galeria de la Raza. In response to the vandalizing of the Por Vida mural, we want to raise visibility of QPOC in the Mission and bring in as much awareness and money as we can for Galeria de la Raza, who have been supporting QPOC/Latino/Chicano artists for over 40 years!

Location: El Rio

Your hosts: Brown Amy and Devon Devine of Hard French

Image: Kari Orvik, Vero Majano, Amy Martinez. "The Q-Sides, Volume 7" (detail). 2015.


7/25/2015
Community Forum and Conversation
City College San Francisco Mission Campus

In the past few weeks, Galería de la Raza’s Digital Mural Project, Por Vida has ignited conversations around issues of homophobia, displacement, appropriation and trauma within and outside the Chican@/Latin@ communities.

Since its inception in 1970, Galería has been dedicated to pushing the limits of the art world to be inclusive of multiple narratives, including the marginalized sectors of our communities who have been excluded from the Chican@/Latin@ experience. We engage artists that explore contemporary issues in art, culture and civic society, and advance intercultural dialogue by embracing concepts such as community memory, popular culture, ceremony, family and social activism. It is in this spirit that Galería invited Maricón Collective to create the Por Vida Digital Mural.

The defacement and arson of the Por Vida Digital Mural are tactics of aversion towards Chican@/Latin@ LBGTQ visibility. However, these actions have also created channels of communication between sectors of our communities that need to be heard and discussed in an open platform.  Thus, we have decided to host a community forum/conversation on Saturday, July 25th, 2015, at the City College San Francisco Mission Campus.

The forum will consist of two panels that begin at 10am, followed by ample time for a community conversation mediated using a restorative justice approach by a third party. The panels will address the historical and contemporary role of Galería in the Chican@/Latin@ arts movement; gender identity and sexuality in the Chican@/Latin@ communities; and the trauma and health issues that have been raised in part by the mural. We have reached out to community elders, artists, and activists who work around these issues to speak on these panels and facilitate what we hope will be a meaningful and substantive community conversation.  We will continue to outreach to both supporters and opponents of the mural with the goal to have as many perspectives on the issue.

In the coming days we will provide a program with the speaker bios and outline for the day. Visit our Facebook page to invite people to this important discussion.


7/25/2015 - 9/6/2015
Ecdysis: The Molting of a Cucarachica
Xandra Ibarra

Closing September 6

From 2002 to 2012, performance artist Xandra Ibarra’s burlesque persona, La Chica Boom, embodied the experience of racial and sexual abjection. Through combined parody and spectacle, La Chica Boom presented spictacles—performances that engaged hyper-visibility in order to explore the problematic realities of overtly sexualized racial tropes. Following her 2012 solo performance Fuck My Life, Ibarra resolved to abandon the persona of La Chica Boom to explore the possibilities of object-based art to reflect upon performance, ephemera, race, and sexuality.

Ecdysis: The Molting of a Cucarachica explores imagery related to the cucaracha and its life process, ecdysis, in which the insect molts or sheds its exoskeleton or outer skin. The much-stigmatized cucaracha signifies fears of overpopulation, endurance, and infestation for both home and nation. Now the cucaracha directs Ibarra in different, yet equally difficult ways of thinking through a racialized, sexualized existence. Her latest work in photography, video, and installation art reinterprets racialized costume as skin and uses the process of molting to reconsider her own relationship to La Chica Boom.  Like the cucaracha, Ibarra’s own ecdysis results in leaving behind a skin, emerging anew, yet appearing exactly the same as she did before. 


7/2/2015 | 7:00 pm
The Q-Sides Closing Reception and Artist Talk
Featuring the Singing Bois serenading oldies

Galería de la Raza is pleased to present The Q-Sides, an exhibition of photographs and film that challenge long-held assumptions regarding the traditional exclusivity of heterosexuality in lowrider culture. Artists Vero Majano, DJ Brown Amy (Amy Martinez), and Kari Orvik reinterpret the album covers of East Side Story, Volumes 1-12 through a re-staging and re-imagining of queer inclusion within the traditionally heterosexual public image of lowrider culture. 


6/17/2015 - 7/18/2015
Statement in Response to the Derogatory Comments, Threats, and Vandalism
Maricón Collective and The Q-Sides

UPDATE: Community Forum

The community forum originally scheduled for July 18 has been rescheduled to July 25. We will be posting complete details about the forum here, on social media, and via email in the coming days. Thank you for your patience while we work to make sure this forum benefits the community in the best possible way.

Please click the image for more information.


6/13/2015 | 5:00 pm
Everybody's Bread: A Poetry Reading by Claudia Rodriguez
Poetry Reading
Claudia Rodriguez’s debut collection of poetry Everybody's Bread (Kórima Press), is as much a welcoming as it is an introduction to her voice, her counter narratives of Compton, the love for mother, scars of poverty and the freedom she finds in expressing her sex, sensuality and love. 


6/5/2015 - 7/17/2015
Maricón Collective
Digital Mural

Galería de la Raza is pleased to announce its newest digital mural installation, Por Vida, a work by Manuel Paul of the Los Angeles-based Maricón Collective. Timed in honor of San Francsico Pride Month and inspired by the dedicated work of Queer People of Color, Paul’s art celebrates achievement and strength in the LBGT community.

 


5/27/2015 - 7/19/2015
The Q-Sides
Contemporary Photography

Exhibition Closing on Sunday, July 19.

Galería de la Raza is pleased to present The Q-Sides, an exhibition of photographs and film that challenge long-held assumptions regarding the traditional exclusivity of heterosexuality in lowrider culture. Artists Vero Majano, DJ Brown Amy (Amy Martinez), and Kari Orvik reinterpret the album covers of East Side Story, Volumes 1-12 through a re-staging and re-imagining of queer inclusion within the traditionally heterosexual public image of lowrider culture. 


5/14/2015 | 6:30 pm
SF Flor y Canto State of Emergency Reading
Poetry Reading
This dynamic reading features word warriors Benjamin Bac Sierra, Maurisa Thompson, Yosimar Reyes, Terrilyn R. Woodfin, Garrett Murphy, and Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo. As our communities continue to face heinous police and state violence, we literally find ourselves in a State of Emergency. 

Curated by Amalia Alvarez, please join us for poetic performances that will give voice to the on-going state sponsored bloodshed, and also provide visions for a more beautiful and just future.


5/4/2015 | 7:30 pm
Lunada Literary Lounge ~ May 2015
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Featured poets Naomi Helena Quiñonez, MK Chavez, and music by David El

Lunada’s 15th year quinceañera celebration continues in May with award winning poet, scholar, and Lunada madrina, Naomi Helena Quiñonez. Also sharing the lunar spotlight are MK Chavez, poet and co-curator of the Bay Area literary series Lyrics & Dirges, along with musical performance by singer/guitarist David El. Our open mic is the voice of the gente, where first timers, veteranos, laureates, and musicians are all welcome.


4/25/2015 | 7:00 pm
"Maestra" Film Screening and Discussion wih Director Catherine Murphy
A fundraiser for Modern Times
Cuba, 1961: Thousands of teenage girls join the national campaign for literacy. Together they helped teach their country to read and write. Their lives would never be the same...

Join us as we screen the 33 minute documentary film featuring present day interviews with women who volunteered to teach their country to read. Director Catherine Murphy will be onhand to discuss the film and the new book, Un año sin domingos.


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
Reading

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. 

RSVP via the Facebook event page: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/978919102153540/

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