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Go Unnoticed: Images of (Re)generation
7/2/1996 - 8/10/1996
This ReGeneration Project exhibition was part of a year-long series of exhibitions focusing on immigration—in depth and from multiple Latino/a perspectives. Participating artists included Raúl Aguilar, Andrea Calderon, Carlos Cartagena, Victor Cartagena, Dave Clifford, Alex Dombroski, Sergio De La Torre, Robert García, Elizabeth Gomez, Roberto Gutiérrez, José Jara, Miguel Angel Leyva, Fernando Lugo, Hector Mendoza, Rhode Montijo, Domingo Nuño, Rosa Pérez, Praba Pilar, Ramon Ramírez, Artemio Rodríguez, Edward Rodríguez, Liliana Rodríguez, Gloria Sanchez, Conchita Villalba, and Lucia Villegas.

  Galería Exhibitions Sueños Prometidos <1996>
Andando Lejos <1996>
Undocumented Passage: Stories of Migration <1996>
Go Unnoticed: Images of (Re)generation <1996>
Beyond Boundaries: Recent Work by Enrique Chagoya <1996>
Orígenes: Día de los Muertos <1996>
Bazaar Navideño <1996>
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Go Unnoticed: Images of (Re)generation
Curatorial Statement

Go Unnoticed…is it the “tourist” here on an expired visa? -is it the immigrant farm worker here too long after the crops have been picke? -is it the generation born in the shadows of el Movimiento, -of the Feminist Movement, and at the peak of the litany of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll? - is it the first generation born into United States citizenship? –is it the second? The third?

Artist, activist, cultural worker, student – they are here and we hear their voices in exhibition. Who better to address the complex ways immigration issues are an omni-present part of our lives, who better to address the complexity of un-noticibility. The loss of identity, in the process of creating a new one.

In 1994 Galeria de la Raza launched the (Re)Generation Project with a series of workshops for young emerging Chicano/a artists. The workshops were led by established artists from the Chicano/a Movement, such as Carmen Lomas Garza, Rupert Garcia, Ester Hernandez. Amalia Mesa Bains, artist, MacArthur Fellow and Galeria Board Member, had first conceptualized the (Re)Generation Project as a means to train young Latina/o artists for careers in the arts field and to share the experiences of Movimiento artists in an informal mentorship situation. In the process, it has become an essential forum and vital venue for on-going interaction and dialogue between the generations, and has established the vehicle which will make the Galeria relevant in the 21st century.

The (Re)Generation Project is now 200 members strong and Galeria de la Raza has entered into an exciting future of artistic awareness, intellectual expansion and challenge.
My sincere gratitude to the Andy Warhol Foundation for the initial (Re)Generation seed money, tot he Rockefeller, Zellerbach and Gerbode Foundations for their generous support of the (Re)Generation Project and to the Fleishhacker Foundation for their support of Go Unnoticed. Thank you to Lorraine Garcia-Nakata for serving as advisor to this exhibition, and to (Re)Generation Advisory Board members Robert Garcia, Cristina Huizar, Jorge Alex Quintanilla, Dolissa Medina and juror Eugene Rodriguez and to (Re)Generation Project Coordinator Olivia Aramas for her dedication to the project and the exhibition. Heartfelt thanks and abrazos to all, who have volunteered their invaluable time and to the Galeria staff Maria Pinedo, Dino Piacentini, Mia Gonzales, Hecto Escarraman, Dolissa Medina, Robert Garcia, Manuel Richard Sanchez.