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[exhibit] Calli: The Art of Xicanx Peoples // Oakland

Through photography, sculpture, painting, installation, poetry, and more, Calli: The Art of Xicanx Peoples navigates the interwoven threads of intergenerational, feminist, queer, and Xicanx-Indigenous stories that offer ancestral forms of liberation, healing, and being.

Join us for a first look at OMCA’s latest exhibition,

Thursday, June 13, 2024
9–11 am
Great Hall at the Oakland Museum of California.

RSVP here for June 13th.

June 13th schedule:

  • Welcome remarks begin at 9 am. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Remarks & interview opportunities with:
  • Lori Fogarty, Director & CEO, OMCA
  • Makeda Best, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, OMCA
  • Gilda Posada, Exhibition Curator
  • Yreina D. Cervántez, Artist
  • rafa esparza, Artist
  • Carlos Jackson, Artist.

Inspired by the Calli Americas collections of late queer Chicana activist and professor Margaret “Margie” Terrazas-Santos, the exhibition collectively represents a Calli, or “Xicanx home” that holds the sacred stories of Xicanx peoples from past to present day.

Calli layers multiple artistic perspectives, featuring posters from Terrazas-Santos’ collection in conversation with contemporary works by Xicanx artists using a variety of mediums, from which we can imagine new possibilities for the future.

As we enter Pride Month amid ongoing conversations on the state of LGBTQ human rights, Calli offers a timely opportunity to consider what marginalized voices offer to the project of building a world in which we can all belong.

Opens June 14 | Great Hall:

This exhibition opens Friday, June 14, 2024.

Buy tickets here.

Though Calli will be open to the public starting Friday, June 14, 2024, the exhibition will be closed to the general public from 3 pm–5 pm for a private viewing for contributing artists and their guests. The exhibition will be reopened to the public for OMCA’s Friday late-night gallery access starting at 5 pm until 9 pm.

Experience intergenerational, feminist, queer, and Xicanx-Indigenous artworks offering ancestral forms of liberation, healing, and being at Calli: The Art of Xicanx Peoples, only at OMCA.

“Calli,” derived from Nahuatl, signifies the essence of home, family, and lineage. Immerse yourself in thought-provoking original artworks, installations, sculpture, painting, photography, poetry, and more, that showcase and honor the stories of Xicanx peoples across California in this temporary “Xicanx home.”

Calli layers multiple artistic perspectives, featuring posters from late queer Chicana activist and professor Margaret “Margie” Terrazas Santos’ collection in conversation with contemporary works by Xicanx artists who expand the horizons of possibility, inspiring reflection and fostering dialogue about a world in which we can all belong.

Discover exhibition highlights by featured artists including:

rafa esparza’s adobe Mesoamerican stylized temple installation

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood’s site-specific Borderline installation conveying U.S.-Mexico border issues such as land commodification, militarization, dehumanization, and its ecological effects

Gina Aparicio’s ceramic and earth-based installation with audio composed by musician Joe Galarza, a member of Aztlan Underground

Melanie Cervantes’ soft sculpture installation of the Aztec moon goddess, Coyolxauhqui

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