Visual Tribute: A Dialogue with Cesar
A solo exhibition by Juan R. Fuentes
“Visual Tribute: A Dialogue with Cesar” will showcase more than 20 pieces, spanning four decades, that represent working people, and in particular, the struggle of the United Farmworkers.
Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th Street, San Francisco
We are very pleased to announce this special exhibition by renowned artist and printmaker Juan R. Fuentes, for whom our art gallery is named. “Visual Tribute: A Dialogue with Cesar” will showcase more than 20 pieces, spanning four decades, that represent working people, and in particular, the struggle of the United Farmworkers.
Fuentes said this exhibition of relief prints represents an opportunity to present previous work, in a new context.
“I’ve never exhibited a body of work specifically identified with the farmworkers’ struggle. It’s an honor to be invited to do an exhibit on the subject,” he said.
“When I began looking for works that address the theme, I found the first and only copy that I have of the collagraph ‘Huelga,’ done in 1973. It was my first artistic expression of solidarity with the farmworker struggle.”
Fuentes grew up in Monterey County, where he said his parents and 11 siblings worked long hours in the agricultural fields picking fruits and vegetables.
“The experience of witnessing firsthand the hardships of living and working in the migrant camps has inspired my visual sensibilities to the continued plight of farmworkers. It’s really been a subject I keep addressing and doing in my work.”
Fuentes has been a frequent collaborator with Acción Latina since the 1970s, and was recently profiled in El Tecolote. Read the profile here.
“Visual Tribute: A Dialogue with Cesar” will run through June 17
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11AM – 5PM
Join the Facebook event page for more info about the opening reception or contact Fern Echevarria, gallery assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (415) 648-1045, ext. 101