Califas: Art of the US-Mexico Borderlands

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11 – November 16, 2018 every day |  Richmond Art Center (2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA)

 College of Environmental Design

ON VIEW

September 11-November 16

Free and open to all!

LOCATION & HOURS

Richmond Art Center (2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA)
Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-5pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays
http://richmondartcenter.org

OPENING RECEPTION

Saturday, September 8, 5-7pm

ARTIST PERFORMANCE

Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION

Saturday, November 3, 11:00am

CALIFAS: Art of the US-Mexico Borderlands

Califas: Art of the US-Mexico Borderlands explores representations of the US-Mexico ‘borderlands’ in contemporary art, with a special emphasis on the Bay Area.

This exhibition comes at a moment when the current nationwide immigration crisis has once again focused attention on the border between Mexico and the United States. Californian communities, activists, politicians, and artists have been especially vocal in this crisis.

Featuring works by 21 contemporary artists and collaborative groups, Califas explores the origins of migrant memory, the consequences of boundary line fortifications, the mixing of border cultures, responses to injustice and inequality, and solutions to advance the borderlands and its peoples.

The exhibition adopts a unique lens to re-examine the past, grapple with understanding the present, and connect with the future of a distinct cross-border culture. The name Califas is commonly used to refer to California by Chicanos wishing to emphasize the deep histories, memories, and identities that existed in the state long before the international boundary was created in 1848. Adapted for use in this exhibition, Califas provides new ways of seeing California and Baja California – as borderlands before walls, when people understood the border as a connecting tissue not a line of separation.

Featured Artists: AGENCY (Ersela Kripa & Stephen Mueller), Chester Arnold, Jesus Barraza, Enrique Chagoya, CRO studio (Adriana Cuellar & Marcel Sánchez), Ana Teresa Fernández, Nathan Friedman, Guillermo Galindo, Rebeca García-González, Andrea Carrillo Iglesias, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Richard Misrach, Alejandro Luperca Morales, Julio César Morales, Postcommodity, Rael San Fratello (Ronald Rael & Virginia San Fratello), Fernando Reyes, Favianna Rodriguez, Stephanie Syjuco, David Taylor, Judi Werthein, Rio Yañez

Califas is guest co-curated by UC Berkeley professors Michael Dear, author of Why Walls Won’t Work, and Ronald Rael, author of Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary.

The exhibition is made possible with support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Susan Chamberlin, Matt and Margaret Jacobson, and anonymous donors.

CALIFAS: el Arte de la Zona Fronteriza México-Estados Unidos

Califas: el Arte de la Zona Fronteriza de México-Estados Unidos explora las representaciones de las “zonas fronterizas” de México y Estados Unidos en el arte contemporáneo, con un énfasis especial en El Área de la Bahía.

Esta exposición se produce en un momento en que la actual crisis de inmigración nacional ha vuelto a centrar la atención en la frontera entre México y los Estados Unidos. Las comunidades, los activistas, los políticos y los artistas de California han sido especialmente activos en esta crisis.

Con obras de 21 artistas contemporáneos y grupos colaborativos, Califas explora los orígenes de la memoria migratoria, las consecuencias de las fortificaciones fronterizas, la mezcla de culturas fronterizas, las respuestas a la injusticia y la desigualdad, y las soluciones para avanzar en las fronteras y sus pueblos.

La exhibición adopta una lente única para reexaminar el pasado, lidiar con la comprensión del presente y conectarse con el futuro de una cultura transfronteriza diferente. El nombre Califas se usa comúnmente para referirse a California por los Chicanos que desean enfatizar las profundas historias, memorias e identidades que existían en el estado mucho antes de que se creara el límite internacional en 1848. Adaptado para su uso en esta exposición, Califas ofrece nuevas formas de ver a California y Baja California, como fronteras antes que los muros existieran, cuando la gente entendía el límite como un tejido que conecta, no como una línea de separación.

Artistas destacados: AGENCIA (Ersela Kripa y Stephen Mueller), Chester Arnold, Jesús Barraza, Enrique Chagoya, estudio CRO (Adriana Cuellar y Marcel Sánchez), Ana Teresa Fernández, Nathan Friedman, Guillermo Galindo, Rebeca García-González, Amalia Mesa-Bains , Richard Misrach, Alejandro ‘Luperca’ Morales, Julio César Morales, Postcommodity, Rael San Fratello, Fernando Reyes, Favianna Rodríguez, Stephanie Syjuco, David Taylor, Judi Werthein, Rio Yañez

Califas es comisariada por los profesores de UC Berkeley Michael Dear, autor de Why Walls Won’t Work (Por Qué los Muros No Funcionarán), y Ronald Rael, autor de Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the US-Mexico Boundary (Muro Fronterizo como Arquitectura: un Manifiesto para el Límite Entre Estados Unidos y México).

La exposición es posible gracias al apoyo de la Fundación de la Familia Zellerbach, Susan Chamberlin, Matt y Margaret Jacobson, y donadores anónimos.

ABOUT THE RICHMOND ART CENTER

The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, delivering exciting arts experiences to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of our community. The Art Center features hands-on learning, well-equipped studios, Art in the Community programs and contemporary exhibitions in its galleries.

Every year, the Richmond Art Center serves thousands of students through classes and programs taught by professional artists, both onsite at the Art Center and at sites throughout Richmond. The Art Center’s four galleries mount rotating exhibitions that display the works of emerging and established Bay Area artists. Artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Richard Misrach, Wanxin Zhang, Mildred Howard, Bella Feldman, Hung Liu, William Wiley, June Schwartz, and David Park have been showcased here.

The Richmond Art Center originated in 1936, when local artist Hazel Salmi, who worked for the WPA, traversed the streets of Richmond with a suitcase packed with art supplies, eager to teach art to anyone interested. Today, everything at the Art Center continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: That within every person lives an artist.



IMAGE: Richard Misrach, Wall, Los Indios, Texas​, 2015. © Richard Misrach, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles





IMAGE: Guillermo Galindo, ​Air Spirits​, 2018. Courtesy of the Artist and Magnolia Editions
Rebeca García-González, ​La Nicaragüense , 2008.





IMAGE: Julio César Morales, ​Day Dreaming Series ​(detail), 2018. Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

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