L.A. Xicano Events (2011-12)

January

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Film Screening: Mur Murs, by Agnès Varda
6:00 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA
Film on L.A. mural art in Mur Murs features many Chicano artists and their works, including Asco’s The Death of Fashion, a performance piece that was created for the film. Free event.
 
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Mural Remix Tour II
10:00 a.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA
L.A. Xicano co-curator Pilar Tompkins Rivas will lead a second day-long tour of murals and exhibitions. The event starts at the UCLA Fowler Museum with a tour of Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement. Guests will then travel to LACMA for a tour of Mural Remix: Sandra de la Loza; en route, de la Loza will introduce her exhibition. The next stop is Ramona Gardens, where artist Judithe
Hernández will talk about muralism in East Los Angeles. The tour concludes with a visit to the site of Willie Herrón III’s newly commissioned mural, which pays homage to Asco’s iconic performance Walking Mural (1972). Free event.
 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Culture Fix: Judithe Hernández: Women in the Chicano Art Movement
12:00 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA
Artist Judithe Hernández will discuss her work in the CSRC’s Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement. exhibition. Free event.
 

December

Friday, December 2, 2011
Undocumented Event No. 1
3:00–8:00 p.m., Boyle Heights Farmers Market
This first undocumented event focuses on L.A. muralism and features local mural artists and the Mobile Mural Lab.
 

November

Sunday, November 6, 2011
L.A. Xicano: A Symposium on Art and Place Over Time  
12:00–5:00 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA
This symposium brings together artists, curators, and scholars to reconsider the history of L.A. art, not from the perspective of dreams, but as an ongoing dialogue about place.  
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Culture Fix: David Botello  
12:00 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA                           
David Botello, co-founder of the art collective Los Dos Streetscapers, discusses the forgotten artists of the Chicano Art Movement including Robert Arenivar, Charles "Cat" Felix, and Carlos Almaraz.
 
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The Art of Social Justice
1:00 p.m., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Auditorium
Sandra de la Loza (Pocho Research Society), Louie Perez (Los Lobos), and Thomas Carrasco (Chicano Secret Service) explore Chicano and counter-cultural production since the 1960s.
 
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Gallery Talk: Chon Noriega and Guest Artists
4:00 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA
Mapping Another L.A. co-curator Chon A. Noriega leads a conversation with Richard Duardo, master printer; Evonne Gallardo, director Self Help Graphics & Art; and other artists about the use of printmaking as a force in the struggle for social justice. 
 
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Mural Remix Tour I 
10:00 AM – 5:00 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA
Cruise through history and journey through East Los Angeles during this event that highlights the influential Chicano art collective Asco. The day starts with a tour of Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement by co-curator Pilar Tompkins Rivas. Guests will then travel by bus to LACMA; Raul Villa, professor of English and comparative literature at Occidental College, will provide context and insight along the way. At LACMA guests will tour Asco: Elite of the Obscure with curator Rita Gonzalez. The day concludes with a short talk by Willie F. Herrón III at the site of his newly commissioned mural that pays homage to Asco’s iconic Walking Mural (1972). Bus transportation is provided and includes a no-host lunch stop.
 
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Screening of The Exiles
2:00 p.m., The Autry National Center
The Exiles chronicles one night in the lives of a group of twenty-something Native Americans living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles in the 1950s. For the men and women featured in the film, the neighborhood is an escape from the monotony of life on the reservation. Based entirely on interviews with the participants and their friends, the film is considered a precious artifact of a lost time and place. The 35mm print is courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Culture Fix: Luis C. Garza on David Alfaro Siqueiros
12:00 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA
Join photojournalist and independent curator Luis C. Garza in the Mapping Another L.A. gallery as he discusses Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, his connections to cultural art center Plaza de la Raza, and his influence on the emergent Chicano mural movement.
 

October

Sunday, October 2, 2011
Alchemi-que? Forging Wholeness in Early Chicano Art and Identity
1:00 p.m., Avenue 50 Studio
This lecture by Marcos Sanchez-Tranquilino will mark the close of Los Vets, an exhibition of work by some of the many Los Angeles artists who had a hand in the formation and affirmation of the Chicano art movement. Co-sponsored by the CSRC.
 
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Becoming Mexican American and Beyond
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Autry National Center
One-day conference focusing on George Sanchez's 1993 book. Free with museum admission.
 
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Members' Only Preview for Art Along the Hyphen
Museum hours, Autry National Center
 
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Benefactors' Evening
6:00–8:00 p.m., Autry National Center
 
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Opening celebration for Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement and Icons of the Invisible: Oscar Castillo
6:30–8:30 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA
Open to the public.
 
Saturday, October 15, 2011, and Sunday, October 16, 2011
Extended hours for Chican@s Collect: The Durón Family Collection at the CSRC Library (144 Haines Hall)
The library will be open 6:30–8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00–5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Mapping Another L.A.: Fowler's Family Opening
Artist Workshop: Big Draw L.A.
Museum hours, Fowler Museum at UCLA
 
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Opening reception for Chican@s Collect: The Durón Family Collection
4:00–6:00 p.m., CSRC Library (144 Haines Hall)
Open to the public.
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 through Friday, October 21, 2011
Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe
7:30 p.m. Autry National Center
An in-gallery theater work, preceded by a gallery tour of the CSRC's Art Along the Hyphen: The Mexican American Generation.
 
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Art Along the Valley: The Home Savings Bank Art Project
11:00 a.m., Autry National Center
A bus tour of six murals by Millard Sheets that depict Mexican American life in Southern California.
 
Sunday, October 23, November 11, and December 13, 2011
Music of a Generation
2:00 p.m., Autry National Center
A three-part series explores the emerging musical identity of the Los Angeles community from 1945 to 1965. Free with museum admission.
 
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Performance and Conversation: Diga Me!
3:00 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA
L.A.’s Chicano literary movement is the focus of this event. Free and open to thepublic.
 

September

Sunday, September 25, 2011
2:00 p.m., Fowler Museum at UCLA
Fowler OutSpoken Conversation: Oscar Castillo and Harry Gamboa, Jr.
Join Oscar Castillo and artist Harry Gamboa, Jr. for a conversation exploring the major themes and approaches that have guided Castillo’s work.
 
Of additional note

Collaboration Labs: Southern California Artists and the Artist Space Movement opened September 24 at 18th Street Arts Center. The papers of the exhibition's curator, Alex Donis, are part of the archival collections of the CSRC Library.

Gilbert "Magu" Luján died on Sunday, July 25, 2011. As a member of Los Four, Magu was one of the pioneers of the Chicano art movement. A prolific painter, muralist, and sculptor, he created works that reflect barrio life with humor but that address issues of concern to the Chicano community. Rubén Guevara remembers the artist in "Some Haiku for Magu" attached below.

L.A. Xicano Media Coverage

L.A. Xicano Exhibitions