- Soft Opening: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
- Celebration: November 2, 2017
- $7 Admission
- Runs through Nov 17, 2017
- Main and Inti-Raymi Galleries (2nd Floor)
MCCLA invites you to experience interactive installations for The Day of the Dead 2017. In this exhibition, there is an opportunity to impact the senses along with the mind through a journey of a special place where legends, images, textures, aromas, and colors promise an intimate participation of tradition in this celebration.
Come and enjoy the "Monumental Altar" of Huaquechula Puebla, Mexico; an elaborate altar in collaboration with Manos Creativas, and interact with the altars created in honor of our "Heroes of the Mission" by Adrían Arias.
6:00pm - 6:30pm - Coro Redes y Cantos de Chapala
6:30pm - 7:00pm - Blessing of the altars by Aztec Dancers
7:00pm - 7:30pm - Mariachi Kid - Daniel Ordoñez
8:00pm - 8:30pm - Liz Boubion (Dance Performance)
9:00pm - 9:30pm - Chooti-Maa (Raps and songs)
9:30pm - 11:00pm - Turbo Sonidero (Cumbia)
9:30pm - 11:00pm - Fogo Na Roupa (OUTSIDE)
Manos Creativas: "In Heaven as on Earth"
"Celebrating on Earth the life of those who are already in Heaven..."
Manos Creativas makes an allegory of tradition as well as the celebration of the Day of the Dead. This tradition has been shared by many Mexicans in different places around the world where they establish their home. Among the most spectacular are the colorful altars of the dead that are filled with elements that symbolize the devotion and love of each one.
Manos Creativas is a group of artists and craftsmen of San Francisco whose main objective is to explore different handcrafting techniques used on Mexican folk art by working with diverse materials, textures, colors, paintbrush strokes, sculpting, and modeling.
This is an autonomous group is made up of: Marco Nava, Jorge Bermeo, Estela Nava, Gabriela Lozano, Manuel Ayala, and Javier Juárez.
Heroes of the Mission: Interactive Drawings-Altars by Adrián Arias
In memory of five artistic heroes of the Mission district, there are five large interactive altars in the Inti-Raymi gallery. They represent the art advocates of the neighborhood that have left an imprint in poetry, education, journalism, and music.
Above all, they exemplified that anyone can be an artist in the community. In our community here at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts they contributed an important artistic message to the youth that engages in our center on a daily basis.
They are truly missed.
Francisco X. Alarcón, poet (1954-2016)
Michael Roman, visual artist (1956-2016)
MamaCoAtl, singer and poet (1965-2015)
Carlos Ramirez, poet and educator (1938-2013)
Alfonso Texidor, poet and journalist (1938-2013)
Adrian Arias is an American poet and visual artist. He was born in Peru and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2000. Winner of important prizes in poetry and visual arts in Peru, Argentina, Japan, Macedonia and the US. He has published thirteen books and chapbooks and his poetry and visual art to traveled the world. Adrian is also a cultural promoter and aRtivist.
Manos Creativas: "En el Cielo como en la Tierra"
"Celebrando en la Tierra, la vida de aquellos que ya están en el Cielo..."
Manos Creativas hace una alegoría de la tradición y celebración del Día de Muertos. Esta tradición que ha sido llevada y compartida por muchos mexicanos a diferentes lugares al rededor del mundo en donde establecen su hogar, entre lo más espectacular están los coloridos altares de muertos llenos de elementos que simbolizan la devoción y el amor de cada quien.
Presentamos con gusto la recreación de un “Altar Monumental” de Huaquechula Puebla, México; un hermoso y elaborado altar como pieza central de la Expo Día de Muertos 2017 del MCCLA titulada : “En la Tierra como en el Cielo”. En esta exibición existe la oportunidad de impactar literalmete los sentidos y la mente a través de un recorrido por un lugar especial, donde las leyendas, las imágenes, las texturas, los aromas y los colores prometen un acercamiento y una participación más íntimos a la tradición y celebración del Día de Muertos.
Manos Creativas es un grupo de artistas de San Francisco, con el objetivo de explorar diversas técnicas artesanales de México a través de los materiales, texturas, colores, pinceladas, escultura, etc.
Grupo autónomo conformado por: Marco Nava, Jorge Bermeo, Estela Nava, Gabriela Lozano, Manuel Ayala, y Javier Juárez. Cuyo compromiso es el de recrear, disfrutar y presentar obras diseñadas e inspiradas en la artesanía mexicana. Muchas otras personas colaboran como voluntarios.
- Opening: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
- From 6 to 9 PM
- 2nd Floor Gallery
- Runs through September 2, 2017
Mission Gráfica printmaking studio in forty years has proven itself to be a creative haven for individuals to explore the practices of printmaking in a community-based and affordable studio space that stands out as one of the last grassroots art spaces in San Francisco.
This trajectory has accumulated over 4,000 prints that we have, and many of these are going to be for sale. Own a piece of history by purchasing some of these vintage prints at affordable prices.
- Opening: Friday, May 12, 2017
- From 6 PM to 9 PM
- Free Event
- Runs through June 16, 2017
Artist Bio: Rachel Epp Buller is a feminist printmaker, book artist, art historian, and mother of three, whose art and scholarship often speaks to these intersections. Her prints and books have been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States, and she speaks and publishes widely on the maternal body in contemporary art. She is a board member of the National Women's Caucus for the Art, a regional coordinator of the Feminist Art Project, and current Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Design at Bethel College.
Artist Statement: We pass on our family and cultural identities between generations, not only through our shared stories but also through our making. Some families se and patchwork quilts while others cut paper shapes; snowflakes, paper dolls, or papel picado. Through my recent monotype prints, I have been exploring shared bodies of knowledge and traditions of making that historically were passed down from mother to daughter. The monotypes make reference to the quiet traditions of fine handwork such as sewing, crochet, and cut-paper work known as Scherenschnitte. Over time, my cut-paper shapes have become increasingly organic and I imagine them growing from a hidden garden.
- Opening: Friday, May 5, 2017
- From 7 to 9 PM
- $5 Admission
- 2nd Floor Galleries
- Runs through June 24, 2017
"Here Now: Where We Stand" celebrates the 40th Anniversary of The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA), founded in San Francisco in 1977 as a result of social struggles for greater equality in the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition honors this history and MCCLA’s role in providing previously under-recognized artists with an alternative space to present their work.
In recognition of this history, Here Now: Where We Stand showcases how art media, images, and texts may serve as a means of personal and social aesthetic engagement and trans-cultural communication, and as vehicles for historical and contemporary cultural discourses, aimed at an expanded redefinition of ”American” art in global dialogue.
Alexandra Blum, Victor Cartagena, René Castro, Elizabeth Catlett, Giuseppe Dezza, Doyle Foreman, Art Hazelwood, Oscar Frias, Juan R. Fuentes, Andrea Gomez, Ester Hernandez, Mildred Howard,Yolanda Lopez, Gera Lozano, Geri Montano, Jim Nikas, José Guadalupe Posada, Calixto Robles, Patricia Rodriguez, Michael Roman, Jos Sances, Marsha Shaw, Carrie Mae Weems, Marianna Yampolsky, René Yañez, Berkeley High School Arts and Humanities Academy, San Francisco Poster Syndicate and The Great Tortilla Conspiracy. Curated by: Anthony Torres
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 13th from 2 to 4 PM.
Guest speakers: Art Hazelwood, Juan R. Fuentes, Yolanda Lopez, and Jos Sances moderated by Anthony Torres
- Opening: March 24, 2017
- From 6 PM to 9:30 PM
- $5 Admission
- 2nd Floor Galleries
- Runs through April 16, 2017
We find ourselves in a precarious time, when the most vulnerable in our community are in danger.
It is at times like these that artists lead us in resistance and remind us of the strength and resiliency of our community.
The 30th anniversary of Solo Mujeres at the Mission Cultural Center marks a time to reflect on this enduring legacy of creativity and of the power of mujeres envisioning new possibilities for our community. This year's exhibition is a celebration honoring resistance, which takes many forms, but is rooted in the revolutionary act of love.
María Esther Fernández is a curator and writer. Currently, she is the Curator of Art & Education at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA. has curated group and solo exhibitions, notably, Xicana: Reflexiones Espirituales in 2010 and Consuelo Jimenez Underwood: Welcome to Flower-Landia in 2013. Along with serving on the curatorial team, she specializes in developing visual arts curriculum reflective of diverse or under-served audiences. She has been a grant reviewer and juror, most recently with the Silicon Valley Creates Artist Laureate Grant and the San Francisco Foundation Murphy Award and Cadogan Scholarships. In addition, she is the recipient of the Standing Committee on Education (EdCom) American Association of Museum's Multicultural Fellowship and the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program Fellowship, and a member of the first ACT of Silicon Valley's Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI).
- Opening: Friday, January 20, 2017
- From 6 to 9:30 PM
- 2nd Floor Galleries
- Runs through February 11, 2017
- Free (Donations welcome)
The Mission Cultural Center opens its doors in 2017 to the artistic community to express a reaction to the Presidential Election of 2016. Faced with rhetoric of fear, division, racism, misogyny, intolerance, and populism from the elected government, artists from diverse communities raise a voice validating our right to exercise the First Amendment.
Artists from various backgrounds such as; minorities, immigrants, women, veterans, lgtbq, youth, and seniors are intersecting a spectrum of messages that aim to reclaim human dignity. We are not apologizing for existing, and consider the best form of resistance by existing precisely as we are rejecting the hegemonic supremacy of the elected government.
The Mission Cultural Center starts 2017 by providing a space where arts and activism play an important role in our community the way it did 40 years ago.
We welcome you to join us at the opening reception January 20, 2017 from 6pm to 9:30pm. A mini Illusion show #9 with special guests, muralists, activist, and musicians will create art as part of our activities.
- Wednesday, November 16, 2016
- From 7 PM to 10 PM
Call to Cocineros! MCCLA seeks Mole chefs to participate in the 2016 contest MOLE TO DIE FOR. The deadline to register is Monday, November 7 at 6:00 pm. All styles of Mole welcome!
Llamado a los Cooks! MCCLA esta buscando chefs para que participen en el concurso de MOLE PARA MORIR 2016. La fecha limite para registrarte es el Lunes, 7 de Noviembre a las 6:00 pm. Todo estilo de Mole es bienvenido.
- Dates: October 1 to November 19, 2016
- 2nd Floor Galleries
- $2 admission
Ofrendas para las ánimas (Offerings for the souls) features artistic ofrendas by: Amelia Berumen, Anita De Lucio, Aurelio Melchor Pimentel, Bryan Perez, John Martinez & family, Julia Rivera, Lillian Botello, Manos Creativas, Marco Razo, Nancy Ledesma, Orlando de la Garza, Regina Meredith Fitiao, Susana Gomez, and Susan Mathews.
In our Inti-Raymi gallery, we feature photographs from a series titled, “Muerte, Culto, y Devoción”, taken by David Trujillo. David’s photographs captured significant aspects of the indigenous ritual of Day of the Dead in Michoacán, Veracruz, and Tabasco. These photographs display diverse scenarios that manifest a Mesoamerican ceremony towards their ancestors.
Come experience this intimate remembrance and celebration of our loved ones who have passed away.
Activities for "Day of the Dead Celebration" 2016
Message by Arturo Mendez | 6:30
Lectura de Poesia con Quetzal 5 | 7:00 - 7:30
Cuento de Dia de Muertos | 7:30 - 8:00
Serenata a Juan Gabriel con Daniel Ordonez | 8:30 - 9:00
Teatro Nahual presentacion | 9:00 - 9:15
Calaveritas & Open Mic | 9:15 - 10:00
Movie Showing: La Leyenda de la Nahuala (Mexico, 2007) | 6:30 - 8:00
Cuentos de Cipotes de Ricardo Barahona, Shorts (El Salvador, 2006) | 8:00 - 8:20
Q&A with Ricardo Barahona | 8:20
Movie Showing: La Leyenda de la Llorona (Mexico, 2011) | 8:30 - 10:00
Activity Hour Blessing done by "Xico" Xavier Garza | 6:30 -7:30
Welcome Message by Angelica Rodriguez | 7:30
Solera Choir directed by Martha Rodriguez-Salazar | 8:00 - 8:45
Musical Presentation by "Sin Nombre" | 9:00 - 10:00
Program Ends | 10:00
El Cafe de la Muerte
Chocolate y pan de Muerto for all!!!
First come, first served.
- Opening: Wednesday, August 3, 2016
- From 6 to 9 PM
- Main Gallery (2nd Floor)
- $5 Admission
A painting, drawing and sculpture exhibition by The North Star Artists and artist friends.
The Deep Blue Sea: String of Pearls will provide a positive and fresh experience of Pacific cross-cultural contemporary art. The Deep Blue Sea: String of Pearls is an exhibit featuring the artwork of: Sekio Fuapopo (North Star artist), John Rampley (North Star artist), George Duran (North Star artist), George Shuey (North Star artist), Gabrielle Belz, Paula Clark, Welsone Fitiao, Steve Gibbs, Regina Meredith, Mike Rios, and Shirod Younker.
Kindred spirits from the Pacific Islands and West Coast, these artists see themselves as a string of Pacific pearls. Each one unique yet all created over time immersed in rhythm of Pacific tides that is the combined forces exerted by the Moon, Sun, and the rotation of Mother Earth. These artists come together at this time to present the state of their union, the fusion of their creativity, and an alliance of Pacific artists through a cultural collaboration of contemporary paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints.