Thursday, January 13, 2011


It's not very often that an art show will feature a Chicana artist lineup like the one for Chica Chic... I'm a huge fan of every single beautiful and talented woman exhibiting at this show, and I feel super lucky to have a few of them as homegirls...

Please do yourselves a favor and click on the artist links (below), you can thank me later! Event details below...

OPENING RECEPTION: 6:00-8:00pm, January 22nd - with a panel discussion featuring the artists in conversation with Amalia Mesa-Bains.

Namaste Hall, CIIS Main Building, 3rd Floor AND CIIS Minna Street Center, 2nd Floor
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

ChicaChic includes images that honor the concepts, themes, and iconography of the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s but reflect a world that is drastically changed. The works in the show include a large canvas by
Ana Teresa Fernandez depicting a woman “washing” the beach at the U.S.-Mexican border with her hair; it’s a striking image that demands both that we engage with the current debates over immigration, and the politics of women and labor.

In addition to Fernandez, ChicaChic features the work of
Angelica Muro, Mitsy Ávila Ovalles, Favianna Rodriguez, and Shizu Saldamando. The work of these five artists varies greatly, but they all are responding visually to the shifting needs of their communities in novel ways. The exhibit is guest-curated by Raquel de Anda, formerly of Galería de la Raza. “ChicaChic is about stepping beyond the boundaries of identity, challenging stereotypes about what it means to be Chicana,” says de Anda. “It’s about the fluidity of identity and the need for new kinds of images in a fast-paced, media-saturated society.”

Also, if you live in the bay are and use the Bart make sure to keep an eye out for these
billboards that aim to inject the messages of these Chicana artist into public spaces...

(artwork above by: Favianna Rodriguez)


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