Join Galería De La Raza on Monday, November 2nd at 6PM for an outdoor celebration to honor our ancestors + an gallery opening!
Bringing together poets and musicians Galería will hold a community celebration that weaves our cultural traditions and defines new ones into the future.
Location: Corner of 24th and Bryant (Free and open to the public)
Featured Artist: Astrid Hadad
With Performances by:
Opening Blessing by Nauhxa
Drumming by Loco Bloco
Poetry by Denise Benavides and Chhoti Maa
Bomba by Taller Bombalele
Astrid Hadad Bio:
With a career spanning more than 30 years, Astrid Hadad is a bona fide Mexican National Treasure. Known for elaborate costumes and creating a musical genre dubbed “Heavy Nopal,” Hadad reappropriates and subverts Mexican iconography and traditional musical forms from a critical feminist perspective resulting in entertaining spectacles suffused with political satire and a camp sensibility.
8PM Opening Reception for “Sacred Cartographies: The Art of Amalia Mesa-Bains”
Opening Reception & Artist Talk:
Nov 2 at 8PM
The mixed-media work of artist, psychologist, curator, and professor Amalia Mesa-Bains has been informed by a lifetime dedicated to research and the creative arts.
Through an exploration of ancient and contemporary histories, Mesa-Bains traces how the past informs the present. Inspired by extensive study of the mythical Mictlan to the visual legacy of Nigeria, the artist has produced a series of rarely seen prints, which layer visual narratives of people and places as well as cultures and histories.
While Amalia Mesa-Bains works in a variety of mediums, she is perhaps best-known for her intricate, contemporary interpretations of traditional sacred forms of altar, ofrenda, descanso and capilla. For this exhibition, Mesa-Bains has recreated the installation Borders: Emblems of the Decade, first exhibited at The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s, and made in collaboration with the late Mexican curator and scholar, Victor Zamudio Taylor. Here, Borders, as a large-scale ofrenda, is now dedicated to the life and death of Zamudio Taylor. Drawing parallels between historical and contemporary issues in art and culture formed the foundation of Zamudio Taylor’s life’s work, and in this exhibition, we find the same dedication reflected through the art of Amalia Mesa-Bains.