Imaginig The Mission
Florificando

Celebrate San Francisco

Day of the Dead

Olympics of People Watching

DF < SF < TJ

Solo Mujeres

En Papel

In You We Trust

Day of the Dead

Concierto de Reyes
You Are Beautiful

Solo ESAS Mujeres

La Quebradora
Spaces Through Gender

Dia De Los Muertos

Esperando Por La Llegada del Alba

Memorias Ancestrales


Exhibition: June 26 - July 20, 2013.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 26 / 7:00:pm / Adms. $5
MCCLA Galleries

Jose Manuel Islas es un artista autodidacto originario de Michoacan, México, actualmente reside en Daly City, California.

Jose Manuel tiene influencias del patrimonio cultural reflejado en la riqueza de la cultura prehispánica. La belleza excepcional de las máscaras coloridas, las pinturas y las esculturas son la inspiración de las pinturas creadas por el artista Jose Manuel cuyas pinturas representan los espíritus guardiánes, los animales, y las personas nativas. Su uso de color vibrante en sus pinturas es inspirado por los colores expresivos comúnmente utilizado por los artistas de Michoacan, México.

Las máscaras fueron creadas por personas nativas para expresar sus creencias por medio de las danzas rituales y las ceremonias. Los Sacerdotes utilizaban las máscaras para llamar a los dioses durante los sacrificios y los ritos ceremoniales. Las máscaras eran creadas por campesinos, carpinteros y otros trabajadores quienes pasaban sus conocimientos, pero no se identificaban o representaban en su obra. La tradición de crear máscaras aun esta vigente en el México de hoy.

Jose Manuel da vida a las memorias ancestrales por medio de una rica colección de pinturas en acrílico y medio mixto, estableciendo una continuidad entre le pasado prehispano y el México de hoy por medio de su obra artística.

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Opens: Saturday, August 7th through August 29th
Opening reception: Wednesday, August 11, 6:30-9:30pm

This year marks the 40 anniversary of El Tecolote, the Mission District’s own bilingual weekly newspaper.
For many years El Tecolote was the only news outlet capturing the day-to-day life of the Latino community in San Francisco. El Tecolote’s photo archive tells the story of the political, cultural and social development of that community. In celebration of 40 years of service, the MCCLA presents Imagining the Mission: Pasado, Presente y Futuro an exhibition featuring images from the the archive and past El Tecolote staff, photos from present day staffers, and the work of local youth.

Click on the images to enlarge

Sunday, August 29, 7-10pm

Featuring: Francisco Alarcon, Cathy Arellanos, Adrian Arias, Devreaux Baker, Charles Blackwell, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Estela De la Cruz, Patricia Fernandez Villaseñor, Xisco Gonzales, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, QR, Leticia Hernandez-Linares, Beatriz Herrera, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jack Hirschman, Genny Lim, Devorah Major, MamaCoAtl, Jacqueline Mendez, Dorinda Moreno, Alejandro Murguia, Joe Navarro, Gerardo Pacheco, Reina Alejandra Prado, Naomi Quinones, Tomas Riley, Margarita Robles, Miguel Robles, John Ross, Mary Rudge, Nina Serrano, Jorge Tetl Argueta, Alfonso Texidor, Roberto Vargas, Roberto Ariel Vargas, Vickie Vertiz, Nellie Wong.

MCCLA Celebrate San Francisco Logo

Opening Reception: September 15, 6-9:30pm, admission: $5

Celebrate San Francisco is a gallery-based exhibit to be launched at the Mission Cultural Center. It is a pilot project focused on two simple questions: How are San Franciscans celebrating the human experience given present circumstances? And, what innovations/best practices are being developed in local communities and industries that can be replicated on a broader scale? By meaningfully engaging the dynamic talent present in San Francisco, we hope that gallery visitors will have greater reason to celebrate the life and culture of the City.
For further details, please visit www.icelebratemycity.com

Exhibition Participants: Angela Angel and Robin David Michael Arcega Karen Brasier Robert Burnside
Rosie Byers, Angelis Candler & Jazmin Jones (Digital Pathways, BAVC's NextGen Program) Tân Khánh Cao
Susan Cervantes and Rafael Sanhueza-Leni Ilana Crispi and Raymond Madarang Darren de Leon Toan Lam, Go Inspire Go Jane Martin, Plant*SF Mike L. Miller, The Bubble Project Derrick Miller-Handley David Molina and Susana Valdez Juanita MORE! Ellen Murland Diego Pacheco Virgo Paraiso and Tino Rodriguez Marilyn Yu
Zineblasters

Curated by: emael

Family Events:

September 22, 7-9pm: Cenasata! Celebrate local, organic food and performers. Admission $5-15. MCCLA theater hosts dinner served by life-size puppets, a cabaret performance, modern dance, circus theatrics, slam poetry and a Latin percussion ensemble finale. Puppetry by The Big Tadoo puppet crew. Organized by Blessitup.com.

October 9, 3-6pm: We Are Family
A special closing celebration of performance, fun and dance for the whole family. Rebecca Weisser and Moving Beyond Productions host.

Exhibition Events:

September 29, 7-9pm: Peak Experiences, a panel discussion with project participants moderated by D. Scot Miller. Free Event. More than an interrogation or Q&A, this talk will focus on the works in the exhibition and how they came to be – the peak experience – that has brought us all together.

October 2, 1-5pm: Look Around: a Fashion Crawl and Trunk Show.
Free Event. Join us for an afternoon experiencing the incredible stylings of local designers, performers, vintage retailers, and much, much more!
Meet at MCCLA theater 10-15 minutes early to pick up your limited edition Map/Zine with program. Departs at 1pm! Presented by SoulfulDress.com and Iraya Robles. Fashion Crawl from 1-2:30 PM with Trunk Show and Reception to follow in Gallery until 5 PM. Zine $5-15.

October 6, 8-9:30pm:
Today I Will: an evening of performance, live soundtrack and live film.
Admission $10-15
• TheOffCenter. a queer multidisciplinary collective (jesse hewit, jorge de hoyos, evan johnson, Maryan Brooks, Honey McMoney, Ernesto Sopprani, etc.) hold space and deliver a performance that won't soon be forgotten.
• Intermission. Violeta Luna performs an action-ritual in the theater lobby about drug trafficking crimes in Mexico.
• Lost and Found. Composer/sound artist David Molina and film maker Anna Geyer present a multi-media work in progress. Utilizing found objects, traditional instruments, and electronics Molina will create live soundtrack, while Anna Geyer mixes original 16mm film loops on three modified projectors to create ghostly, rusty memories, industrial landscapes, and dream like images from a distant past.

The Artists:

Robert Burnside has lived in three of the most iconic San Francisco neighborhoods since moving to the city in 1968. In 1971, he began to work as a sculptor based on a geometric language he developed. He has worked on a variety of commissions and his sculptures are part of a number of museum collections throughout the Bay Area. He started the Positive Resource Center in 1989 and The Castro Star in 1995. Robert has a fondness for unusual architecture, unusual trees, and self-publishing books. www.geometricks.com

Darren de Leon is Xicano. He is also a poet and vigilant man of the airwaves. An advocate of growing your own food, cultural understanding and social justice, he also makes time to enjoy a Raiders, Lakers, or Dodgers game in his free time. De Leon is an experienced educator at the high school and college level specializing in literature, creative writing, and composition. He presently works as the Youth Arts Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and hosts Radio 2050, a weekly Latino Arts and Culture Program on KPFA. www.myspace.com/radio2050




Mike L Miller has turned a love of soap bubbles, San Francisco and high places with views into an ongoing work that celebrates all three. While the original project was to be as transient as the bubbles themselves, casual photography eventually led to videography. He recently participated in the grand re-opening celebration of the Oakland Museum of California and can regularly be seen trying out new bubble makers in Oakland's Lakeside Park. Away from buckets, he works as an independent Development Learning Specialist in San Francisco and Oakland. www.kermitbubbleboy.net


Robert Burnside Artwork


Darren De Leon






The “Day of the Dead” is celebrated in Mexico and in Latino communities throughout the United States and Canada. During the holiday, family and friends gather to festively remember those who have passed on to the spirit realm. On November 2, 2010, MCCLA will open its doors for Day of the Dead festivities from 6 pm - 10:30 pm. This year’s theme is “Death Becomes You/La Muerte Eres Tu”, is an attempt to guide some of those souls that have lost their way in the journey, support the souls who have lingered, and to nurture the spirits beginning their returns back to the spirit realm. This year’s exhibition features traditional and contemporary altars. The celebration includes a sugar skull demonstration, Danza Azteca, Pan de Muertos, mask making, face painting and more.

Brett Cook, Juan Fuentes & Art Hazelwood, Alfonso Ochoa, Herminia Albarrán Romero, Carlos Córdova, Ervin Barrios & Daniel Martínez, Michelle Tarigo Channel, Andrea Luna, Angela Angel & Robin David, Jose Carrasco, Roberto Gómez, Tricia Murajda, Isaias Rodriguez & Aide Rodriguez, Carlos Castillo, Cerrito Creek School, Strawberry Creek School, Creative Arts Charter School, Civic Center School, The Berkeley School. Curated by Maurizzio Hector Pineda.

A Living Exploration of the Days of the Dead

Video: A Living Exploration of the Days of the Dead Isaias Rodriguez and Aide Rodriguez traveled to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Oaxaca to generate video that deepens our understanding of the history, art, altars, customs, and crafts intrinsic to the observance of the Days of the Dead. Produced by Isaias Rodriguez and Aide Rodriguez for the Oakland Museum of California, 2009. (TRT 15 minutes)

The Tours will begin October 26th to November 19th.

Tuesday to Friday 10:00am to 2:30pm. Each tour is 30 minutes long and cost $30 for groups of up to 25 people. Groups of more than 25 will be charged $2 per person. Scheduling is first come, first served. Contact the main office to fill out a reservation form: 415.821.1155

Exhibition Dates: October 23- November 20, 2010

Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 2,
6:00p - 10:30p, $5 Admission, Children FREE

MCCLA Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

MOLE CONTEST: Wednesday November 17, 7pm $7

Altar Design, w/Alfonso Ochoa:
Sat. October 16 / 10 am - 12 noon

Papel Picado, w/ Herminia Albarrán:
Sat. October 16, 23, 30 / 10 am - 12 noon

Face Painting, w/ Adrien Segal:
Saturday October 30 / 10 am - 12 noon
Tuesday November 2 / 5 pm - 7 pm.

1ST PLACE: “Spill / Derrame”, by: Juana Alicia

2ND PLACE: “I will still go on” by: Aaron Guadamuz
3RD PLACE: “Day of the Dead Skull” by: Shaz

Marigol Project San Francisco Synphony DDM 2010

The MCCLA thanks the following organizations for their financial support: The San Francisco Arts Commission, The San Francisco Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Gerbode Foundation, The Zellerbach Foundation, NALAC, Bill Graham Foundation, and other private and individual donors.

The Olympics of People Watching 2010: CALL TO ARTISTS

Is a participatory photography show where everybody plays artist, judge, spectator or all of the above. It is a competitive exhibit with a sole victor, but all entries will be viewed by curators, bloggers, fellow artists and Mission passers-by.

The contest exists in two phases. Phase 1 is a two-week window for anybody to stop by MCCLA during Gallery hours as well as the opening reception and post up to ten (10) photographic portraits.

From these entrants, local luminaries of the photography, style and blogging worlds will select seven semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will have two weeks to produce five more portraits for the show’s closing.

At the closing of the show, semi-finalists will be judged by the general public who will vote for their favorite portraits and crown the Gold Medalist of People Watching.

Curated by: Ian Colon

All events held in the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Main Gallery

Phase 1, November 27th – December 11th: Anybody can post up to 10 photographic portraits.

Phase 2: January 12th, 6:30 - 9 PM Closing night (Admission, $5)
Everyone is invited to judge the People’s Choice Gold Medalist Finalists.
Winners announced on site!

Judges:
Michael Braithwaite, Ironing Board Collective,
Uri Korn (Hamburger Eyes), Michael Jang and Mai Le.

MCCLA is a 1/2 block from 24th St. BART / on Muni Lines # 14, 14L, 48, 49, & 67 / Wheelchair accessible The MCCLA thanks the following organizations for their financial support: The San Francisco Arts Commission, The San Francisco Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Gerbode Foundation, The Zellerbach Foundation, NALAC, Bill Graham Foundation, and other private and individual donors.

The Olympics of People Watching 2010: CALL TO ARTISTS

Is a participatory photography show where everybody plays artist, judge, spectator or all of the above. It is a competitive exhibit with a sole victor, but all entries will be viewed by curators, bloggers, fellow artists and Mission passers-by.

The contest exists in two phases. Phase 1 is a two-week window for anybody to stop by MCCLA during Gallery hours as well as the opening reception and post up to ten (10) photographic portraits.

From these entrants, local luminaries of the photography, style and blogging worlds will select seven semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will have two weeks to produce five more portraits for the show’s closing.

At the closing of the show, semi-finalists will be judged by the general public who will vote for their favorite portraits and crown the Gold Medalist of People Watching.

Curated by: Ian Colon

All events held in the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Main Gallery

Phase 1, November 27th – December 11th: Anybody can post up to 10 photographic portraits.

Phase 2: January 12th, 6:30 - 9 PM Closing night (Admission, $5)
Everyone is invited to judge the People’s Choice Gold Medalist Finalists.
Winners announced on site!

Judges:
Michael Braithwaite, Ironing Board Collective,
Uri Korn (Hamburger Eyes), Michael Jang and Mai Le from Fashionista Blog.

If you would like to participate please fill out the form below

MCCLA is a 1/2 block from 24th St. BART / on Muni Lines # 14, 14L, 48, 49, & 67 / Wheelchair accessible The MCCLA thanks the following organizations for their financial support: The San Francisco Arts Commission, The San Francisco Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Gerbode Foundation, The Zellerbach Foundation, NALAC, Bill Graham Foundation, and other private and individual donors.

I'm a Research Associate at Genentech, and I've lived in San Francisco for 30 years. My interests include photography, travel, baseball, politics and music. I appreciate spicy food, good beer, and Irish whiskey. I will stop almost anything I'm doing to take a picture of an abandoned couch.

DF>SF>TJ MCCLA 2011

February 12 - March 15, 2011
Opening reception Wednesday Feb. 16, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Cash Bar and light snacks / $5 admission

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) and the Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State University (SFSU) showcase some of the powerful contemporary art from Mexico. Interrelated by a orientation that mixes politics and aesthetics, the two exhibitions explore issues of labor, migration and contemporary issues – amplified by a historical lens. MCCLA will present four video installations by artists including Carlos Amorales, ToroLab, Miguel Calderón and Tania Candiani, curated by Julio César Morales and Maurizzio Hector Pineda. The SFSU exhibition features eighteen artists who work on paper on in media of animation, including Francis Alÿs, Dr. Lakra, Gabriel Orozco and a small selection of work by historical giants including Jose Clemente Orozco and Jose Guadalupe Posada; this exhibition was curated by Sharon Bliss, Mark Johnson, Julio César Morales and Bera Nordal. Both exhibitions will travel to Sweden in the fall of 2011, presented there by the Valand Art Academy of the University of Gothenburg, and the acclaimed Nordic Watercolor Museum.


Videos included in the DF>SF>TJ exhibition, La Hora Nacional /The National Hour (2010) by Carlos Amorales, a color film with sound that is a reflection on the pre-Hispanic collection and proposes a radical rupture from the institutional interpretation of Mexican history.

Also San Francisco-based artist Sergio de La Torre will exhibit his video: New Dragon City (2008), Video which feature 6 Cantonese youths. Sergio’s videos address the new reality of the Cantonese population living in Tijuana today.

Tijuana-based collective Torolab with Homeland: The Iu Mien Farm Tapes project (2009). Homeland is an ongoing project about the construction of home territories and the constant revaluation of identities within nomadic, migratory and refugee communities. The Iu Mien Tapes project follows a specific Asian community, the Iu Mien, through their journey of Traditions-Transitions-Translations, from their historical migration from China to Vietnam and Laos to their participation in the Vietnam War, followed by their life in refugee camps and their final settlement in Western United States.

Miguel Calderón will present his Video installation: Los Pasos de Los Enemigos/Steps of the Enemy (2006). A poster of a black panther on his bedroom wall inspired this project when he was a teenager.
Tania Candiani’s Battleground (2009), a 2-channel video shot in both El Paso and Cuidad Juarez goes to war in the domestic sphere, protecting female bodies using common kitchen implements as both weapons and armor, in work that challenges the rules of engagement in the home. She uses her own body as a battleground, absorbing and reflecting the violence that surrounds her. The artists deflect the aggression that permeates contemporary society and its resulting disempowerment.

Tania Candiani will host a “Refranes” Workshop at MCCLA Gallery, (TBA) please check our website for further information: www.missionculturalcenter.org

Two events will take place at the de Young Museum on Feb. 20, starting at 1:00p
1pm A panel discussion on contemporary art and culture in Mexico with Itala Schmelz , Taiyana Pimentel and other artists.
3pm “¡Soy México!” (part two) Film screening introduced by Tarek Elhaik and Jesse Lerner.
Curated by Julio César Morales and Maurizzio Hector Pineda.

MCCLA thanks our sponsors: San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Gerbode Foundation, The Zellerbach Foundation, The California Traditional Folk Arts, NALAC Transnational Cultural Remittance and Ford Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Bill Graham Foundation, and other private and individual contributions.

March 26th- April 23rd
April 13th curator’s walk-through. 7pm- 9pm free, cash bar
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, March 30th 6-9:30pm, admission $5, cash bar
Performance by Paulina Velázquez Solís, March 30th, 7:30pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturdays, 10am -5pm / tours available

Liminal Takes, Mujeres Latinoamericanas en el Arte

Curated by Frida Cano*

Neither here, nor there. Can culture be contained in a notion? Liminal Takes utilizes
installation, video, drawing, sewing, and other media to navigate “in-between”
spaces of culture and identity, challenging historic conceptions of “Latina art”
with contemporary alternatives.

ARTISTS: Ana Belén Cantoni: Perú / Colombia, Maria Burr: Chile, Paula Cobo: Chile,
María Ezcurra: Argentina / México, Jimena Mendoza: México,
Gabriela Peña Álvarez: Perú, Paulina Velázquez Solís: Costa Rica / México,
Neli Ruzic + Marie-Christine Camus: Croatia / México + France / México



"The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts would like to thank Trumer Pils and Gracias Madre for their generous donations."

*Fundación/Colección Jumex scholar and Recipient of the Program Beca para Estudios en el Extranjero
2010-2011 del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes.

May 14 - June 8, 2011

EN PAPEL showcases the breadth and scope of recently-produced imagery emerging from Latino printmaking studios throughout the US. The exhibit traces provocative delineations of the Latino body politic as expressed through the artists' reflections of the world(s) they inhabit.

Consejo Grafico is an independent network of print studios that was formed to advance the legacy and viability of printmaking in the United States. The Consejo promotes collaboration as a condition to further the preservation and continuity of the critical/activist orientation that spearheaded Latino printmaking. This network spans the nation and includes works from Texas, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and more.

Co-Curated by Juan Fuentes · Maurizzio Hector Pineda




CONSEJO GRAFICO ARTISTS/STUDIOS:

Arceo Press (Chicago. IL); Coronado Studio and The Serie Project (Austin, TX);
El Nopal Press (Los Angeles, CA); La Mano Press (Los Angeles, CA); Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective (Los Angeles, CA); Modern Multiples (Los Angeles, CA);
Pajaro Editions (San Francisco, CA); Pepe Coronado Studio and Print Projects (Hastings on Hudson, NY); Riomar Studio (South Bend, IN); Segura Publishing Company –(Tempe, AZ); Self Help Graphics (Los Angeles, CA); Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (Woodland, CA); Taller Boricua (New York, NY); Taller Tupac Amaru (Oakland, CA);
Yollocalli Arts Reach (Chicago, IL)


MCCLA GALLERY SPECIAL EVENTS:

May 18th · Opening Reception, 6:30-9:30p, $5 admission, cash bar and appetizers

May 21st · Print Matters, 11:00a-2:00p, woodcut workshop with Juan Fuentes and guests.
Join us for a day of Mono-printing in the MCCLA Main Gallery Free for children and teens, $5 for adults. Space is limited. RSVP at galleryasst@missionculturalcenter.org

June 1st · Tal(ler)es, 6:30-9:30p, free, Join us for a night of conversation on the politics of printmaking. The panel will include Melanie Cervantes, Gilberto Cárdenas, Poli Marichal, Favianna Rodriguez, Pepe Coronado Studios (via SKYPE from New York), and special guest, Imin Yeh (whose works will be on exhibit in the Inti Raymi Gallery).

June 25th - July 23rd
(Main Gallery)
Curated by Maurizzio Hector Pineda

Opening Reception June 29th, 6:30-9:30p
Cash Bar and Light Snacks / $5 admission

In You We Trust presents a series of installations by artist couple, Debby and Larry Kline, who deftly jockey the (conceptual) borders that inextricably link the U.S. and Mexico. Their projects explore diverse themes such as religion-based rivalries, California- Mexico relations, the U.S. role in global conflicts, and the nature of creative thinking.

Game at Hand, for example, is a piece presented as a beautifully hand-crafted chess set. Upon closer inspection, however, the futility of the game is revealed. The result is a poignant commentary on US involvement in both hot and cold wars in the Middle East. Similarly, The Candy Store uses trinkets and stylized pharmaceuticals to deliver an incisive critique of the medical insurance industry and its hold over access to affordable health care.

Debby and Larry Kline met in the 1980’s while attending John Herron School of Art; Indiana University, where both artists earned their BFAs. Larry completed his MFA studying under the tutelage of Grace Hartigan at The Maryland Institute, School of Art.

Both artists have significant individual exhibition histories as well as extensive backgrounds in museum work which include The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Chicago Art Institute; The Indianapolis Museum of Art; and the California Center for the Arts. The artists have lectured on various aspects of the arts and have initiated an artist’s think tank, which fostered a more vibrant art community in southern California. Debby was acting Museum Director of the California Center for the Arts. Currently residing on the Advisory Board, she was the President of COVA (Combined Organizations for the Visual Arts) for three years. The Klines curate exhibitions and are published writers.

June 25th - July 23rd
(Inti Raymi Gallery)
Curated by Maurizzio Hector Pineda

Opening Reception June 29th, 6:30-9:30p
Cash Bar and Light Snacks / $5 admission

Local artist, Ricardo Rivera, mines databases of information and cultural research to trigger images and memories in the viewer’s physiological experience of the work. In this featured work, Fantasy is a Place Where it Rains, spinning monitors activate digital sculptures, rendering time and space as phantoms— a literal (dis)embodiment of the “constant present” that is symptomatic of our contemporary moment.

Currently Rivera is Visiting Lecturer at University of California, Berkeley in the department of Art Practice, and a lecturer at City College of San Francisco. Additionally, his diverse practice has led him into collaborations with Christophe Fellay, Kim Anno, Benoit Antille, David Coll, Violeta Luna, Jose Navarrete, and Terry Berlier. Rivera is a member of the Ice on High collective, and is currently working in collaboration with Jose Navarrete, and Violeta Luna on their landmark work Atlacualo, which premiered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in March of 2011. Awards and Residencies include the Visions from the New California Award, Exploratorium Museum of Science art and Human Perception residency. Centre de Réflexion sur l'Image et ses contextes, Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais, Sierre Switzerland. Rivera received his B.F.A and M.F.A from the San Francisco Art Institute..

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS / DAY OF THE DEAD

Wednesday, Nov. 2 “Death in Parallel/ Muerte Paralela”
6:30 - 11:00pm

Día de los Muertos Gala Reception
Gallery / $5 admission

Una noche especial, visit MCCLA’s Main Gallery for our annual Day of the Dead exhibition featuring “Pan de muerto”, exquisite steam-roller printed banners from students at the University of Montana Print Department, new work from resident artists LAPIZTOLA Collective from Oaxaca, Mexico, and altars representing the resilience and leadership of our Mission community.

Main Gallery, ALTAR ARTISTS: Jennifer Beach and Susan Prentice, Rocio Miller, Carlos Juan Castillo, Hector Zavala, Nelly Reyes, Nina Reyes Rosenberg, Mara Lea Brown, Victor Carrillo, Vanessa M. Mosqueda, Olivia Muñoz and Margarita Muñoz, Paul E. Zinser and John Skwiot, Carlos Martinez, Robert Marosi Bustamante, and Fernando Marti, Melody Rodriguez, Alfonso Ochoa, Herminia Albarrán Romero.

Paypal price includes $1 service fee
Tickets purchased through paypal may be picked up at the Box Office on or before the date of performance.

Dead Steamroller Print Project

Galeria Zapatista @ Mission Grafica, MCCLA 4th Floor.
Nov 2 - 19 / Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm / Saturdays: 10 am to 2 pm


The Day of the Dead Steamroller Print Project began in 2001 as a collaborative, community-based public art project. Blocks are carved over the course of a month utilizing both traditional hand tools, electric carvers, and routers. Prints created during a day long print event are displayed in Missoula's Annual Day of the Dead Parade each November 2nd. Prints are also exhibited around town to further showcase the created works. The event began with students enrolled in printmaking courses at The University of Montana under the direction of professors James Bailey and Elizabeth Dove. The project has expanded to include high school, middle school, and elementary school students, and artists from the community.

University of Montana Print Department students have printed 54 unique images, 250 prints under the Steamroller Print Project, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Concierto de Reyes - Coro Hispano de San Francisco
Directed by Juan Pedro Gaffney R.

Refreshments & piñata – FREE admission / entrada GRATIS
Saturday January 7th, 2012, 2:00 pm in the 2nd floor Main Gallery

A concert for kids – concierto para niños
En Celebración del dia de reyes “La Epifania”
A chorus of Spanish-speaking communities exploring Latino choral literature.

Founded in 1975, the Coro Hispano de San Francisco is a chorus of the Spanish-speaking communities of the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to exploring and performing the choral literature of the peoples of Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Ranging from the 12th through the 20th century, this repertory embraces both classical and folk music from all parts of the Hispanic World, as well as ethnic music in Amerindian tongues. Conjunto Nuevo Mundo is an ensemble of professional vocalists and instrumentalists dedicated to the parallel repertory of vocal chamber music and solo literature of Iberian and Latin American composers. Performing together as a company, the Coro and Conjunto provide a rich and vibrant energy that makes every concert a celebration.

You Are Beautiful

Wednesday January 18th, 6:30 pm / Main Gallery
Main Gallery, Cash Bar and Light Snacks/ $5 admission



You Are Beautiful is a simple, powerful statement aspiring to create moments of positive self realization. The exhibition is an anonymous collective of community based projects and interventions, using drawings, photographs, found objects, sound, and installation to engage this fundamental concept in innovative and diverse ways. Also on view, is the You Are/ I Am Book Series, a global, collaborative project from the 2005 exhibit in Chicago.

Solo ESAS Mujeres
Documenting the Universal Material

Curated by iona rozeal brown and Veronica Jackson, this 25th Annual Solo Mujeres exhibition utilizes photography, watercolor, graphite, textiles, audio, video, and mixed-media to explore aspects of female empowerment through documentation. As documenters of their identity, lives, loves, losses, and related matter, these artists, as narrators, are chroniclers of the worlds around them. They are the visual story tellers interpreting their visual voices through these various mediums.

The distinguished line up of artists includes: Nina Chanel Abney, Dawn Black, Zöe Charlton, Gina M. Contreras, Lisa Cortés, Martha Diaz, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Deborah Grant, Jessica Ingram, Nicole Markoff (Nicacelly), Kelly Ording, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (Chuleta), Stephanie Syjuco, and Robyn Twomey. These artists acknowledge and continue the tradition of documentation using their own language.

Public Programs:
April 25, 6:30-9p, “Night in Conversation”: Join participating artists and curators, moderated by Dr. Ella Diaz (Visiting Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, SFAI), as we explore their various processes and motives, in so doing, their relationship to the conceptual line of the exhibition― identity explored through documentation. FREE admission. RSVP requested by April 18. 415.643.2775 or galleryasst@missionculturalcenter.org

iona rozeal brown's most recent paintings are an unprecedented mixture of anonymous courtesans, geisha and other Japanese subjects. She explores the theme of afro-asiatic allegory, addressing the global influence of african american culture as fetish. brown's work signals the energy, critical direction and complexity of contemporary practice that is engaged in a tenuous marriage of commerce and resistance. She has had solo exhibitions at MOCA, Ohio; Goff + Rosenthal Berlin, Germany; VOLTA4: Voltany, Basel, Switzerland; G Fine Art, Washington, DC; Caren Golden Fine Art, New York; Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles; and the Luggage Store, San Francisco. brown received a BS at University of Maryland, a BFA at San Francisco Art Institute, and an MFA at Yale University.


La Quebradora:
MCCLA presents an exhibition of Contemporary Art from Mexico
"Finishing Move"

August 4th, 3:30 - 6P

With Promo Lucha Azteca & Los Bomberos de San Francisco Featuring:
The Legendary Mil Mascaras


Join us in the final battle between good and evil as we celebrate the closing reception of LA QUEBRADORA! The event will eature a high flying exhibition of strength and acrobatics performed live by Mil Mascaras and local Bay Area Luchadores!






SPACES THROUGH GENDER
AN EXHIBITION OF LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE

Curated by Nora Enriquez
August 25 - September 29, 2012

Opening Reception August 29 6:30 - 9:30p

“Spaces Through Gender” is curated by Nora Enriquez, a mexican architect and designer based in San Francisco who has lent her own perspective to architectural projects in the United States and Mexico. In collaboration, she has also curated “Exonome”, a collection of artwork from Latin American artists living in California, as well as “Mexico 2010”, a celebration of Mexico’s Bicentennial at the de Young Museum.
Special Event:
Join architects, Sandra Vivanco, Ila Berman, Ana Elvira Velez, Frida Escobedo on September 24th for a panel discussion hosted by the California College of the Arts.

Women’s influence to the world of design has been slowly recognized by the collective consciousness. In Latin America, the first generation of influential women in architecture is just emerging. This exhibit showcases the contributions of some of these pioneers, each of whom runs their own firm, has a unique theoretic approach to the design process and plays a significant role in shaping the built environment. The work is presented in various forms of media including drawings, 3-D models, photography, videos and temporary installations, all of which feature the distinct viewpoints of these women.

This selection of works highlights the similarities, adjacencies and differences among the projects and intends to ignite the dialogue: what is the perspective of gender in architecture and how is it relevant? Does gender matter?

The design process is influenced by various external parameters such as geography, environment, economy, culture and society; however, individuals interpret these parameters based on subjective factors such as personal preference and experience, which are often influenced by their gender. The concepts behind the exhibited work trend toward social architecture by creating meaningful environments, integrating buildings with nature, using local resources and materials, and attaining sustainability and contextual design, however, one should be careful not to generalize this as a single, collective, feminine approach. It is often claimed that women perceive the world differently from men, but one can only speculate whether a “women’s worldview” can be appropriately defined and whether women’s involvement will shift the established paradigm of design and aesthetics.

Through this diverse collection of work, the audience is encouraged to explore and examine the broad spectrum of factors that influence architectural design and thought, as well as to consider how women’s unique experiences shape their perspectives, and consequently, how those perspectives reflect in their contributions to the built environment and to determine whether gender matters.