Opening reception April 7, 2018
6:30pm to 9pm • Free admission
Inti-Raymi gallery (2nd floor)
Exhibition dates: April 7 to 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.
Opening reception: March 16, 2018
6:30pm to 9pm
$5 admission fee • 2nd floor Galleries
Exhibit dates: March 16 to April 20, 2018
Curated by: Marissa del Toro
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.
Opening reception: January 26, 2018
Inti-Raymi Gallery (2nd floor) • $5 Admission
Exhibit Dates: Jan 26th to Feb 17th, 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
Opening: January 26th, 2018
$5 Admission • Inti-Raymi Gallery
Exhibit Dates: January 26th to Feb 17th
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.
January 20th 2017 • 6PM to 9:30PM
2nd floor galleries • 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
Soft Opening: October 10, 2017
Exhibit Dates: Oct 10 to Nov 17, 2017
$2 Admission • 2nd Floor Galleries
Tues to Sat • 10am to 5pm
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.
Celebration: November 2, 2017 • $7 Admission
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)
MCCLA Presents: Manos Creativas
"In Heaven as on Earth"
"Celebrating on Earth the life of those who are already in Heaven..." Day of the Dead 2017
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.
MCCLA Presenta: Manos Creativas
“En el Cielo como en la Tierra”
“Celebrando en la Tierra, la vida de aquellos que ya están en el Cielo....” Día de Muertos 2017
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.
Celebremos en la Tierra la vida de aquellos que ya están en el Cielo....
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 Reception: Wed July 26th, 2017
6 to 9pm • Gallery
Sale runs through September 2
Mission Grafica 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
6pm to 9pm • 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 reception: May 5th, 2017
7 to 9pm • 2nd Floor Galleries • $5 entry
Exhibit dates: May 5th to June 24
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 • 2 to 4pm
Guest speakers: Art Hazelwood, Juan R. Fuentes, Yolanda Lopez, and Jos Sances moderated by Anthony Torres
Main and Inti-Raymi galleries (2nd floor)
Exhibit dates: March 24, 2017 to April 16, 2017.
Opening reception: March 24, 2017
6pm to 9:30pm • $5 entry fee • Diana Gameros performing
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).