Opened on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St, San Francisco, California.
Over the past 45 years, Mission Gráfica Printmaking Studio and La Raza Silkscreen Center/La Raza Graphics became two of the most prolific and influential Latinx Printmaking studios in the United States.
As early as 1970, La Raza Silkscreen Center/La Raza Graphics was producing silkscreen prints by Chicano and Latino artists. In 1978 La Raza Silkscreen Center moved to the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and was later renamed Mission Gráfica.
These studios have been a unique and valuable resource for Bay Area artists to print functioning as hubs that produced posters and prints that reflect communities of the times. Mission Gráfica continues to serve as a cultural hub in San Francisco’s Mission District attracting artists from all over the world.
Many artists who began their careers at Mission Gráfica Printmaking Studio and La Raza Silkscreen Center/La Raza Graphics – artists such as Linda Lucero, Herbert Siquenza, Michael Roman, Juan Fuentes, Jos Sances, Alexandra Blum, Calixto Robles, Jesus Barraza, and Alyssa Aviles – went on to work as successful community artists.
The prints and posters represented in this exhibition vibrate with electrifying color and compelling images. The stunning images are enhanced by the juxtaposition of powerful messages. Issues featured such as oppression, gentrification, displacement and immigration are still relevant today. These posters embody the Latinx community’s history, culture and struggle for self-determination.
The combined collections of these two studios represent approximately 4,000 prints and posters, many of which will be for sale in this exhibition. Collectors will be able to purchase prints and poster and take them “Off the Wall”at the time of purchase.