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Galerķa de la Raza Announces Its 40th Anniversary Season

Four Decades of Art, Community, and Cultural Activism to Be Celebrated This Fall

Friday, September 24, 2010 - Sunday, November 21, 2010

Distinctive cultural icons, Sandra Cisneros, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Rupert Garcia, René Yañez, Enrique Chagoya & many more, highlight the 40th Anniversary Season

Influential Mission District institution and community arts space Galería de la Raza is pleased to announce its 40th Anniversary Season. To commemorate this pivotal milestone, the Galería has created a robust itinerary of events that will take place this Fall.  The celebratory programming is comprised of four events; a commemorative exhibition, Galería 4.0, A Retrospective; an interactive Family Day; a Latin Jazz concert at Yerba Buena Gardens and an exclusive finale ceremony at Brava Theatre Center featuring Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Sandra Cisneros. The Season will also offer two definitive 40th Anniversary collector’s pieces; the Anniversary Catalogue and the limited edition 40th Anniversary Print Portfolio.  During the Season, Galería will be hosting the panel series, Strategies for the Shift, as well as the artists talk, Artists In Conversation.


The inaugural event, the Galería 4.0, A Retrospective, will document the visual landscape that has contributed to the shaping of Galería’s mission of fostering public awareness and appreciation of Latino/Chicano art.  The exhibition will traverse through the organization’s inception born of cultural activism to its current standing as an international forum for examination and expression of artistic concepts central to the Latino/Chicano experience. The exhibit will span artworks from 1970 to 2010 and will feature works by several artists such Yolanda Lopez, José Montoya , John Leaños and Rupert Garcia.   A corresponding Anniversary Catalogue will be released by the conclusion of the show. The 200-page collector’s edition will includes essays, interviews and color reproductions that encapsulate Galería’s 40-year history. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 24, 2010 from 7:30-10:00 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through January 29, 2011 and is free and open to the public.


The opening reception will also see the release of the 40th Anniversary Print Portfolio, further affirming Galería’s identity as an established contemporary art institution.The custom portfolio includes works by internationally recognized artists Rupert Garcia, Enrique Chagoya, Julio Cesar Morales, Ana Teresa Fernandez, and Shizu Saldamando.  The limited-edition fine art prints are hand-pulled, signed and numbered (edition of 50). The portfolio will be available for purchase as a commemorative set or as individually selected prints.  


The panel series, Strategies for the Shift will offer the public a sampling of some of the current political trends occurring in Latin America through the critical lens of alternative artist led projects. Through two panel discussions and an evening of films, the series will bridge our efforts, broaden civic engagement and provide the public with an opportunity to receive first hand information from on the ground experienced leaders in innovative, progressive community led projects.  Although varied in practice and region, all of the guest speakers represent organizations, which are actively engaged in re-forming the socio-political landscape in spite of the persistent opposition. The first installment of the series, Directing the Shift on September 18 will host guest speakers Claudia Bernardi (Walls of Hope) and Omar Foglio ( and will be moderated by Josue Rojas of New American Media.  The second installment, Documenting the Shift , on October 14th, will host guest speakers Alexandra Halkan (Chiapas Media Project), Carlos Martinez (Venezuela Speaks!), Pablo Serrano (Memoria Viva Project, Colombia) and will be moderated by Josue Rojas.  The close of the series on October 27 will feature films highlighting unique artist-led projects in Latin America.  The panel series is free and open to the public.


A Family Day, created in appreciation of Galería’s cherished community, is intended to invite neighbors and new individuals to discover Galería’s curriculum.  The day will offer a fun and informative programming for all ages.  Children will be able to participate in the hands-on art-making activities with local artists and craftsmen. There will be a mini piñata as well as a mini silkscreen and recycled fabric huipil making workshop. Guests will also enjoy live music, art and performance.  Family Day at Galería will be held on October 2 and each workshop is offered at $5-10 (sliding scale).

On October 3rd, Yerba Buena Gardens will treat Galería's community to a free Latin Jazz Concert with Poncho Sanchez as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. The Grammy Award winning musician has gained fans worldwide through his distinctive sound, which infuses elements of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious beats. The audience will enjoy a Sunday afternoon of musical performance set against the tranquil backdrop of the Yerba Buena Gardens. The urban oasis is regarded as an example of one of San Francisco’s finest urban developments and has garnered many prestigious awards over the years.

Artists In Conversation, a discussion with Amalia Mesa Bains and Jaime Cortez revists the forming of several foundational programs of Galeria as well as their personal involvements in the arts.  Bains, a former Galeria board member, founded the ReGeneration Project for emerging artists in 1995 and Cortez acted as Galeria's Program Manager from 1999-2004.  The artist talk on October 23 is free and open to the public.


The 40th Anniversary Season will finish with a momentous evening composed of legendary performance, observance of cultural icons, complimentary food and drink as well as a VIP celebration all of which are hosted at the Brava Theatre Center. The evening will begin with an awards ceremony honoring Sandra Cisneros, Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, and René Yañez for their worldwide contributions to the Latino community.  Following, pioneer performance artist and activist, El Mad Mex Gómez-Peña (Guillermo Gómez-Peña), will present the San Francisco premier of Strange Democracy. With his signature “Chicano cyber-punk” wit, the artist addresses several issues such as the challenges that Obama is facing as well as the U.S.’s  anti-immigration hysteria.  The performance will include a guest appearance by writer Sandra Cisneros who is known for her  novel, The House on Mango Street.  The evening will end with a VIP after-party for Amigos with Benefits ticket-holders with music and a seasonal dinner catered by Radio Africa & Kitchen, who will offer an exotic hybrid menu influenced by the cuisines of the Mediterranean and Red Sea countries. Following the Gala celebration all guests are invited to attend Lunada: Beyond the Bay- Fresno & L.A. with complimentary admission. The Gala event is on November 21 and will offer special sponsorship opportunities. Tickets range $40-65.


About Galería de la Raza

Founded in 1970, the Galería is a non-profit community-based arts organization whose mission is to foster public awareness and appreciation of Chicano/Latino art and serve as a laboratory where artists can both explore contemporary issues in art, culture and civic society, and advance intercultural dialogue. To implement our mission, the Galería supports Latino artists in the visual, literary, media and performing art fields whose works explore new aesthetic possibilities for socially committed art.


Media Opportunities

Preview of exhibition                                                                                                                                

Preview of Fine Arts Print Portfolio                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Interview with Ex. Director, Carolina Ponce de Leon                                                                                                                                                                       

Interview with Associate Curator, Raquel de Anda                                                                                   

Interview with Community Partner, René Yanez



For Calendar Editors:

What:     Galería 4.0, A Retrospective

Where:   Galería de La Raza, 2857 24th, Street , San Francisco

When:    Running September 24, 2010 – January 29, 2011

               Opening reception September 24, 2010 - 7:30-10pm.

Free admission



What:     Anniversary Catalogue

Where:   Galería de La Raza, 2857 24th, Street , San Francisco

When:    TBA

Price:     TBA



What:    40th Anniversary Print Portfolio

Where:  Galería de La Raza, 2857 24th, Street , San Francisco

When:   September 24, 2010

Price:     TBA



What:    Strategies for the Shift

Where:  Galería de La Raza, 2857 24th, Street , San Francisco

When:   September 18, 2010 at 4pm

             October 14, 2010 at 7 pm

             October 27, 2010 at 7 pm

Free admission



What:    Family Day at Galería

Where:  Galería de La Raza, 2857 24th, Street , San Francisco

When:   October 2, 2010 from 2-8pm

             Mini Piñata Workshop: 3pm and 6pm

             Mini Silkscreen and Recycled Fabric Huipil Making Workshop: time TBA

Fee:      Each workshop is offered at $5-10 (sliding scale)



What:    Latin Jazz Concert at Yerba Buena Gardens with Poncho Sanchez

Where:  Yerba Buena Gardens covers two square blocks bounded by Mission, Folsom, Third

             and Fourth Streets.

When:   October 3, 2010 from 1-3pm

Free admission



What:    Artists In Conversation

Where:  Galería de La Raza, 2857 24th, Street , San Francisco

When:   October 23, 2010 at 4pm

Free admission



What:   Gala Celebration, with the SF premiere of “Strange Democracy” by performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña, appearance by Sandra Cisneros, awards ceremony and VIP party catered by Radio Africa & Kitchen at Brava Theatre Center

Where:     Brava Theatre Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

When:       November 21, 2010 from 4-10pm

Tickets: Amigos: $40 (performance + complimentary admission to Lunada: Beyond the Bay- Freso & L.A.)

Amigos with Benefits: $65 (performance,VIP after party with food, drinks, special gift and complimentary admission to Lunada: Beyond the Bay- Fresno & L.A.)

                 Tickets available through:




Tom Ammiano, Assemblyman (D-San Francisco), District 13

John Avalos, San Francisco Supervisor, District 11

Richard L. Bains, former Board president

Peter Bratt, filmmaker

David Campos, San Francisco Supervisor, District 9

Luis R. Cancel, Director of Cultural Affairs, San Francisco Arts Commission

David Chiu, San Francisco Supervisor, District 3

Carmen Chu, San Francisco Supervisor, District 4

Bevan Dufty, San Francisco Supervisor, District 8

Ysabel Duron, Executive Director Latinas Contra Cancer

Sean Elsbernd, San Francisco Supervisor, District 7

Diane Fienstein, Senator

Matt Gonzalez, politician, lawyer, activist

Ester Hernandez, artist

Amalia Mesa-Bains, artist, former Board member

William Moreno, former Board President

The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Mayor of City and County of San Francisco

Jose Padilla, Executive Director, California Rural Legal Assistance


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