By BECKY FARRAR, arts intern.
With new exhibits and several events, this is a big week for the Arts at CIIS. Mark your calendar for the following events:
January 22-March 18, 2011
ChicaChic showcases the work of five contemporary Chicana artists with Bay Area roots. The exhibition includes images that honor the concepts, themes, and iconography of the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s and touch on the issues facing Latinos today.
Aquarius, by Ana Teresa Fernandez
The work of the five artists in the show (Ana Teresa Fernandez, Angelica Muro, Mitsy Ávila Ovalles, Favianna Rodriguez, and Shizu Saldamando) varies greatly, but each artist responds 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.
Look for ChicaChic at the CIIS Mission Building at 1453 Mission Street (3rd floor) and at the CIIS Minna Street Center at 695 Minna Street.
Manifest by Wendel White
January 15-February 27, 2011
Made in northwest New York State, the images in Manifest reflect White’s growing understanding of the region's unique and overlapping histories of slavery, abolitionism, and spiritualism. White photographed objects, documents, and images throughout the region that relate to the abolition of slavery, Reconstruction, and the civil rights era. These intimate images spatially blur the objects, veiling and unveiling the residues of slavery and segregation.
The opening reception for ChicaChic and Wendel White’s Manifest will be Saturday, January 22, at 6 pm in Namaste Hall in the CIIS Main Building, 1453 Mission Street between 10th and 11th Streets. The opening will include a panel discussion: The artists of ChicaChic in conversation with Amalia Mesa-Bains.
Wendel White at the Museum of African Diaspora
Catch artist Wendel White in conversation with UC Berkeley Professor Leigh Raiford on Friday, January 21, at 6 pm at the MoAD at 685 Mission Street.
Intergenerational Panel Discussion (Part of the ChicaChic program)
Featuring: Ana Teresa Fernández , Angelica Muro, Patricia Rodriguez, Viva Paredes, Favianna Rodriguez, and Lorraine García Nakata. Saturday, March 12, at 6 pm at the CIIS Minna Street Center at 695 Minna Street.
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