• Flight of the Ancestors, Vuelo de Los Ancestros

    32nd Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition: Vuelo de los Ancestros

    • Soft Opening: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
    • Celebration: Friday November 2, 2018
    • From 6:30 PM to 10 PM
    • Main Gallery (2nd Floor)
    • Free Admission
    • Runs through: September 8, 2018

    Flight of the Ancestors • Vuelo de los ancestros is the 32nd Annual Day of the Dead exhibition hosted by Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. The creativity of artists, teachers, artisans, and overall community members has contributed to Day of the Dead evolving into our most iconic exhibit of the year. We carry this tradition forward by welcoming people to express personal, political, and spiritual contemplations of life and death. This year, we have asked people to use butterflies or moths as a metaphor that showcases death as an integral part of the cycle of life.

    Flight of the Ancestors • Vuelo de los ancestros is comprised of 16 artists who showcase a unique multidisciplinary Day of the Dead exhibit that fuses tradition with contemporary installations.

    6:45 pm • Blessing the Ancestors Ceremony with Jorge Molina
    7:30 pm • Live music with Locura Trio
    8:30 pm • Live music with La Clandestina (in the theatre)
    9 pm • Fogo na Roupa

    MCCLA dedicates Flight of the Ancestors • Vuelo de los ancestros to René Yañez, who played a pivotal role in establishing the celebration of Day of the Dead in San Francisco. For many years René curated "Rooms of the Dead" exhibit at MCCLA for the community to use as a platform that addressed political issues that inflict death towards our communities.

    Free admission courtesy of:
    • Mi Yucatan
    • Mission Pie
    • Mission Economic Dev Assoc.
    • Rosamunde
    • ArtsCo.Lab

    Suggested Donation: $5

    We open our doors to anyone interested in joining us with related events that are in conjunction with the Flight of the Ancestors exhibit.

    Day of the Dead Archive

  • California Lucha Libre

    California Lucha Libre

    • Opening: Friday, August 1, 2018
    • From 6:30 PM to 9 PM
    • Inti-Raymi Gallery (2nd Floor)
    • $5 Admission
    • Runs through: September 8, 2018

    "California Lucha Libre" are 13 photographs from a larger documentary photo essay Amelia Berumen worked on from October 2016-September 2017. After learning that her neighbor was a luchador (wrestler), Amelia made connections with the fighters of the California Lucha Libre Club, where she captured intimate portraits, backstage scenes, and ring photos of that particular underground scene.

    After approximately three months of photographing, Amelia created her first photo book volume titled "Rudos vs Tecnicos" In November of 2017, "Rudos vs Tecnicos" was cataloged into the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The California Lucha Libre wrestler club came to an end in September 2017 that also marked the end of this specific photo essay project.

    These photos are a sample of hundreds of images Amelia Berumen took and have not been publically viewed.

  • Mascara Vs Cabellera Exhibition

    Mascara vs Cabellera

    • Opening: Friday, August 10, 2018
    • From 6:30 PM to 9 PM
    • Main Gallery (2nd Floor)
    • $5 Admission
    • Runs through: September 8, 2018

    Visions of wrestling captured in paintings, drawings, photography, and apparel illustrate the rich surreal world of Mexican wrestling culture. Where the fight revolves around the theory of triumph and defeat. Where each combat and movement ends in a battle polarized by a duality between good and evil. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Mexican wrestling aesthetic, and its importance in popular culture.

    Supporting Sponsors 

    Mascara vs Cabellera Sponsors

  • Intimate Aphorisms: An Anthology of Queer Latinx Narratives

    Intimate Aphorisms: An Anthology of Queer Latinx Narratives

    • Opening: June 1, 2018
    • From 6:30 to 9 PM
    • $5 Admission
    • 2nd Floor Galleries
    • Runs through June 30, 2018

    Curated by Orlando de la Garza, "Intimate Aphorisms" presents a journey into the lives of 15 artists and their uninhibited and instinctive expressions of individuality. The exhibition displays an intimate relationship between the artists and their subjects that ranges from identity, family, desire, displacement, faith, and body image. The artists execute their personal work with a distinctive and palpable approach by re-interpreting imagery and symbolisms drawn from (but not limited to) religious iconography, quilting techniques, self-portraiture, and poetry.

    "Intimate Aphorisms" showcases artists' innate desire to reflect their own truth, on their own terms.

    Featured artists: Toni di Carlo, Candy Guinea, Steve Lopez, LeeAnn DiCicco, Hector Gomez, Fabian Echevarria, Yolanda Reyes, Alexander Hernandez, Oscar Gallegos, Hablo Rodriguez-Williams, Fernando Miguel, Alfredo Bisset, Manos Creativas, Estela Nava, Celia Herrera Rodriguez

  • Mayan War Room: In Honor of Luís Góngora Pat

    Mayan War Room: In Honor of Luis Góngora Pat

    • Opening: Saturday, April 7, 2018
    • From 6:30 PM to 9 PM
    • Free Admission
    • Inti-Raymi gallery (2nd floor)
    • Runs through April 20, 2018

    A Fundraiser and Art & Revolution exhibit of his family’s struggle for justice, including original embroidered protest artwork by Luis’s widow and daughter from Yucatan. The Mayan War Room will operate as a pop-up office space of www.justice4luis.org during the month of April.

    Saturday, April 7th marks the 2nd year anniversary of the killing of Luis Góngora Pat by two officers of the San Francisco Police Department. Luis was a Mayan man from Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, and a migrant worker in San Francisco for fourteen years. Since his homicide, his family has been on a journey to make Luis’s killers and their abettors accountable. To honor his life and family’s struggle, a pop-up Mayan War Room has been set up for this year’s anniversary.

    The Mayan War Room will keep office hours during the month of April to showcase the wide array of strategies, tactics and actions carried out by the family to demand justice in the past two years. Here we will hold a fundraiser for Luis’s family in Teabo on the 7th, and launch a new campaign, in coalition with other supporters and groups, to pressure D.A. Gascón to “Charge Killer Cops or Resign!” The war room will also display hand-sewn images of Luis by Doña Carmen May Can and Rossana Góngora May, widow and daughter, respectively, and other female relatives of the deceased. The hand embroidered images are intended to speak to the protest posters made by San Francisco artists that also bear Luis’s image. The women of Teabo join the protest from afar with their own artwork rooted in their own artistry and “hilo contado” style for which their village is known.

    For more information please visit www.justice4luis.org.

  • Diffused Reflections: Sólo Mujeres Exhibition 2018

    Diffused Reflections: Sólo Mujeres Exhibition 2018

    • Opening: Friday, March 16, 2018
    • From 6:30 to 9 OPM
    • $5 Admission
    • 2nd Floor Galleries
    • Runs through April 20, 2018

    Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts presents the 31st anniversary of Solo Mujeres, DIFFUSED REFLECTIONS. This powerful exhibition captures and reveals the diffused reflections caused by our rough political and social climate. The fifteen artists included in this exhibition are the light that hits the uneven surface; their art is the reflection we are viewing. Their artworks offer a reflected alternative to the unnoticed and at times invisible narratives that society fails to acknowledge. DIFFUSED REFLECTIONS is a casting of images and representations; it is a moment of consideration and meditation for local, regional, and national artists to reflect and share their individual perspectives and communal narratives.

    Featured artists include Jessica Alvarenga, Natalia Anciso, Sarah Castillo, Crystal Galindo, Ghazal Ghazi, Ester Hernandez, Sanaz Jamloo, Alex Martinez, Itzel Alejandra Martinez, Breena Nuñez, Alejandra Pérez, Yolanda Reyes, Sasha Silveanu, Maritza Torres, and Danielle Wright.

    About the curator: Marissa Del Toro is an art historian and curator. Currently, Del Toro is working at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art as the Curatorial Support Group Coordinator. In both her professional and personal life she continues to work towards the promotion and advocacy for diverse narratives within art. Del Toro worked as Curatorial Assistant Intern for the UTSA Art Gallery from 2014 to 2015. She co-curated and contributed to the development, arrangement, installation, and programming of several art gallery exhibitions and projects on a broad range of topics through various mediums. In July 2015, she completed an internship with the Smithsonian Latino Center working on museum collections and exhibitions within the National Museum of American History. From 2016-2017, Del Toro was a Graduate Intern at the Getty Research Institute where she worked on several different projects and event programs such as the large-scale exhibition project, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas; part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.

  • Crossing Paths: Mission

    Crossing Paths: Our Times, Our Resistances, Our Autonomies

    • Opening: Friday, January 26, 2018
    • From 6:30 to 9 PM
    • Inti-Raymi Gallery (2nd floor)
    • $5 Admission
    • Runs through February 17, 2018

    "Crossing Paths: Our Times, Our Resistances, Our Autonomies" is a group exhibition highlighting important stories, cultures, dreams, resiliencies, and yearnings. It’s a reflection on current times. The Mission Cultural Center is the intersection where all the artists who may not know each other share the same concerns and needs to express their experiences along with their dreams.

    Artists: Abel Alejandre, Abel Rodriguez, Chris "L7" Cuadrado, Chris Robertson, Daniel Gonzalez, David Tim, Eduardo Valadez Arenas, Francisco Delgado, Fritz Aragon, Golbanou Moghaddas, José Cruz, Los Dos, Luna Francesca Gomez, Maya Fuji, Mincho Vega, Monica Alfaro, Nani Chacon, Pável Acevedo, Rabbit Garcia, Victor Macias a.k.a Ollingraffik

  • Art by Michael Roman

    Stenciled Visions of Love, Peace, and Chaos: In Memory of Michael Roman

    • Opening: Friday, January 26, 2018
    • From 6:30 to 9 PM
    • Inti-Raymi Gallery (2nd Floor)
    • $5 Admission
    • Runs through February 17, 2018

    In remembrance of our artist friend, we invite you to come and celebrate Michael Roman’s creative works. Michael was a long time artist-in-resident and supporter of the Mission Cultural Center. His signature works left a lasting legacy for the Bay Area Community and beyond. We honor his artistic contributions by showcasing some of his works. This exhibition will feature works from personal collections.

  • Exist Resist

    Mini Illusion Show #9

    • Saturday, January 20, 2017
    • From 6 to 9:30 PM
    • 2nd Floor Galleries
    • Free (Donations Welcome)

    In response to the new government.

    In difficult times we do not have to surrender, we must continue with our art, our passions, our desire to make a world where we can live in peace, dance together with our differences, sing in all languages, the same language: freedom.

    We are painters, musicians, poets, graffiti artists, multidisciplinary artists, activists of art and culture, who do not stop because a new government that threatens to destroy what in decades our ancestors, and ourselves, have built with love. We continue to work on what we know and want to do, because the Revolution is also in the hands of artists.

    Artists: Bob Sanders, Do No Harm Coalition, Esmeralda Padilla, Istanbul Connection, José Antonio Galloso, Kata Miletich, Mara Lea Brown, Marco Peris Coppola, Meklit Hadero, Noah Brown, Pancho Pescador, Rupa Marya, Susan Matthews, Tania Figueroa, Todd T. Brown, William Brown

    Curator: Adrián Arias

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