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Open Studio: Little Brown Bodies
4/3/1999 - 9/5/1999
An open-form exhibit showcasing work by Adál, Francisco X. Camplis, Víctor Cartagena, Leonard Castellanos, Eugenio Castro, Enrique Chagoya, Sal García, Gómez-Peña & La Pocha Nostra, Ester Hernandez, Gigi Otalvaro, Isis Rodríguez, Daniel Salazar.
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Bomba! Latino Erotica <1999>
DIGITAL MURAL PROJECT By John Leaños & SFSA students <1999>
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Open Studio: Little Brown Bodies


Curated by Carolina Ponce de León, this exhibition consisted of an open-form exhibit that was constantly changing and growing. It presented artworks in all media, including pieces selected from artist’s portfolios and studios, as well as from Galería’s archives.

“Little Brown Bodies” was the first cycle of the Open Studio. It featured artists who use representations of the body — the demonized/ romanticized/eroticized brown body—as a metaphor to articulate the complex intersections of personal, cultural, political, and sexual difference —the brown body as a borderland of negotiated identity.

The exhibition and commentaries on the works consisted of brief note-pad annotations, reflecting the spontaneity of the on-going encounters, conversations, and studio visits Carolina Ponce de León, Galería's new Executive Director, held with local artists. This open-format allowed the new director to offer her appreciation to the artists who generously shared their work in her first months in San Francisco.