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Exhibition: "Mundo Maya 12:12:12"

A Celebration of Mayan Culture

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Galería de la Raza is pleased to present MUNDO MAYA 12:12:12, a Celebration of the Mayan Culture. This exhibition is the culmination of a 15-month workshop series that will feature works by local Latino/Mayan youth and lead artist Roberto Y. Hernández.

Hernández uses his knowledge of Mayan art and culture as a vehicle for social change, instilling in youth an appreciation for their cultural heritage while drawing awareness to issues regarding the environment, community, and spirituality. Through these workshops, the youth participants developed works relating to the Mayan calendar, gods, animals, numbers, people, photographs, wood carvings, altars, and the 10 Mayan foods that changed the world's eating habits.

With the end of the fifth Mayan calendar approaching, this exhibition seeks to frame the end of this calendar year with a shift in consciousness, rather than the apocalyptic vision of the end of the world that mainstream media has capitalized on. Influenced by his Mayan grandfather and informed by his travels throughout Mesoamerica during the past two decades, Hernandez led this program in an effort to educate youth and the general public on Mayan history, culture, dance, music, and food – all integral parts of Mayan customs, traditions, and ceremonies. Studies of the cycles of nature, motion of the planets, the complex nature of the Mayan calendar and its numeric planes, great architectural cities, astronomical traditions, and traditional farming communities are only some of the art work content matter in the exhibition.

About the project: In 2010, during the de Young Museum’s Olmec exhibit, Hernández was the featured artist of the artist-in-residence program where he began to create the first art works for the Mundo Maya 12:12:12. After his residency concluded, Hernandez received a grant from the San Francisco Art Commission to work with local Latino/Mayan youth over a period of 15 months at Galería de la Raza, by leading classes teaching numerous aspects of Mayan culture, history, and art.

Exhibition artists include: Roberto Y. Hernández, maestro and artistic director; Angelo Rodriguez Zelaya, Victor Cartagena, Natia Love, Ramon Thompson, Gabrielle Vigil, Einar Jose Sevilla, Karina De La Rosa, Angelina Casillas, Israel Lopez, Olivia Rocio Inostroz, Athena Talmadge, Gloria Franco, Mario Damos, Oscar Pacheco, Ivan Barriga. With support from Greg Carrillo, Rig Galvez, Francisco Alfaro, Francisco L. Carrasco, Michael Rios, and Jason Quevedo & Show Gentle.

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Opening reception: Thursday, December 6, 2012 – 6pm-8pm

Associated programs:

Saturday, December 8: 12pm-6pm / Maize Celebration 

Sample traditional Mayan foods such as nacatamales, buñuelos, and atole from participating 24th Street vendors. This celebration is in collaboration with La Cocina, Accion Latina, BRAVA Theater, La Victoria, Casa Sanchez, and Chaac – Mool.

Free and open to the public   


Wednesday, December 12: 6pm-8pm / Virgin de Guadalupe ceremony

Dinastia Torres, all-female mariachi group, will pay tribute to La Virgen De Guadalupe at Galería.

Free and open to the public


Friday, December 21: 6pm-8pm / Culmination of the Mayan Calendar Ceremony

Attend an indigenous ceremony to commemorate the official end of the Mayan calendar.

Free and open to the public


Saturday, December 29: 3pm-6pm / CACAO Celebration

Sample pan dulce, cacao drink, chocolate candy, and more in honor of the pioneers of what we now know as chocolate. In collaboration with Sixth Course artisan confections, La Victoria Bakery, La Cocina, and L's Café.

Free and open to the public

Free and open to the public


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