Sí Here Biweekly Arts Report

October 2nd, 2017 - Curated over the past two weeks.

Latinx Community Activism and Social Art Practices Get A Rare Spotlight in New Exhibit from kcet.org : California

It’s not often that artworks that emerge out of community activism and social practices get center stage in art galleries, which makes the latest exhibit at Otis College of Art and Design a particularly unique and poignant one. “Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas,” which runs now through Dec. 10 at the college’s Ben Maltz Gallery, is a multimedia exhibit that offers a rare glimpse into several ongoing social art practices that amalgamate activism, community organizing, education and art in the Americas.

Lin-Manuel Miranda To Trump: 'You're Going Straight To Hell' For Blasting San Juan Mayor from huffingtonpost.com : Puerto Rico

in-Manuel Miranda has taken aim at President Donald Trump over his unjust attacks on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. Cruz has criticized the federal government’s response to the devastation that Hurricane Maria caused in Puerto Rico. Trump hit back Saturday morning on Twitter, calling the mayor “nasty” and slamming her “poor leadership ability. ”

Our Latin Influences in Art: Chicana and Chicano Works From the 50s to Today from smmirror.com : California

As part of the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, which aims to showcase Latinx and Latin American art throughout Southern California art galleries, the Robert Berman Gallery, located in unit C2 at Bergamot Station, is currently showing “LA / LA / LA,” a play on the “LA/LA” subtitle of the Pacific Standard Time initiative, referring to Los Angeles and Latin America. The exhibit is comprised of two primary sections: works taken from and inspired by two important Latin American art books – 1987’s “Hispanic Art In the United States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors” and 1989’s “Le Demon des Anges,” released in France – and paintings by Martín Ramírez.

Precita Eyes Muralists' Celebrates 40 Years Of Community Art from hoodline.com : California

This Saturday, Precita Eyes Muralists, headquartered at 2981 24th Street (near Harrison), will mark 40 years of creating community art. The Mission-based nonprofit will celebrate with a 40th anniversary gala that includes an art auction, live entertainment, and catering from food incubator La Cocina.

Proud to be Mexican': Meet the baby whose huge image gazes over the border from theguardian.com : Mexico

The art installation emerged last week near Tecate, highlighting controversy over Trump’s proposed wall – but Kikito’s family would rather stay in Mexico

Queer Chicano Art Is as Timeless As It Is Vital from vice.com

In a new exhibition of queer Chicano art from the 60s through the 90s, certain timeless questions about identity and protest ring true today.

Renowned Artist Pablo Stanley Launches “We Are All Dreamers” Website to Advocate for the 2017 Dream Act from americasvoice.org

Today, Pablo Stanley, designer and co-founder at Carbon Health, launched the “We are all dreamers” website, which showcases stories and portraits of young Americans who are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Superpowering La Raza: "Latinx Comic Book Storytelling" - Book Review from santafenewmexican.com

If Latinx Comic Book Storytelling: An Odyssey by Interview were merely Frederick Luis Aldama’s fifth book on the subject in 10 years, that feat alone would be impressive. (Latinx, pronounced “La-teen-ex,” is a term that is both gender-neutral and trans-inclusive that has emerged primarily in academia and activist social media to refer to persons of Latin American heritage. ) But Aldama’s new tome on the ever-expanding universe of Latinx comics is also one of 29 books he has published in the last 14 years. It’s a vast oeuvre that includes Aldama’s own bilingual flash fictions along with his well-regarded studies of Latinx pop culture, cinema, fiction, sports, and multicultural modes of humor.

"How to Read El Pato Pascual": Latin America's Dialogue with Disney from kcet.org : California

More than 75 years later, Mickey's impact can be felt in the group exhibition “How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney's Latin America and Latin America's Disney,” curated by Lerner and artist Rubén Ortiz-Torres. It's part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA collaborative project. Featuring 150 works by 48 Latino artists, “How to Read El Pato Pascual” opened Sept. 11 and runs through Jan. 4, 2018, at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House and the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at CSU Los Angeles.

‘Journey of being’: TLU hosts acclaimed Chicana writer from seguingazette.com : Texas

The sound of conjunto music engulfed the Dunne Conference Center at Texas Lutheran University (TLU) as Bárbara Renaud González twirled around and gave a few gritos toward the crowd. González — an award winning independent, Chicana columnist — was invited to the campus to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month and read from her new book, “Las Nalgas de JLo. ”

A Conversation with Paraguayan Artist Enrique Collar and His Search for Identity from globalvoices.org : Paraguay

This is an abrdiged version of an interview with Paraguayan artist Enrique Collar originally published by Kurtural under its series “Artifices”. Interview by Sofía Hepner, Silvia Sánchez Di Martino and Juanma López Moreira.

A New Exhibition in Los Angeles Celebrates the Power of Latino Art from aldianews.com : California

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. The opening of the exhibition is signigicant in times of current divisive political moment.

A photographer who made a name shooting Mexico’s ’85 earthquake is now fighting for his life from pri.org : Mexico

Exactly 32 years later, on Sept. 19, another massive earthquake struck Mexico. And this time, it toppled his home, leaving Bocxe seriously injured and killing his wife, Elizabeth Esguerra Rosas. It's one of the many dramatic stories unfolding after the country's deadliest earthquake in decades crushed apartment blocks, schools and office buildings, claiming more than 300 lives.

PR Art of Villalpando will bring together philanthropists in New York to support Mexican culture from prnewswire.com : New York

The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York will host a benefit reception at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the context of the exhibition Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque - Part of the proceeds will be donated to support the conservation of cultural sites damaged by the recent earthquakes in Mexico - The exhibition is the first major Mexican art project at The Met since 1990

Art over easy: Guatemalan avant garde arrives in LA disguised as an egg from theguardian.com

ne of the biggest museums in the United States is now home to one of the world’s smallest. Following a Kickstarter campaign and two weeks on the road, a life-sized replica of Guatemala City’s Nuevo Museo, an egg-shaped former kiosk that now shows contemporary art, has arrived on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s campus for a six-month stay.

Arts in South America: The failure of Venezuela’s ‘cultural revolution’ from elpais.com : Venezuela

Suspension of literary award and cancellation of youth orchestra tour highlight crisis in sector

Australian Production of In the Heights Canceled After Whitewashing Casting Controversy from playbill.com : Australia

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ musical, which captures a slice of the Latinx-American experience in Washington Heights, was cast with a predominantly white company.

Boyle Heights Museum opens with exhibition on Mexican Repatriation from boyleheightsbeat.com : California

A photo exhibition about the Mexican Repatriation of the 1930’s marks this weekend’s opening of a new Boyle Heights Museum at Casa 0101 Theater. Aqui Estamos y No Nos Vamos (We Are Here and We Won’t Leave) opens Sunday at the theater’s gallery –the online museum’s temporary home. The show highlights how both Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans in Boyle Heights fought against the forced repatriation, an official campaign of relocation which removed about a third of Los Angeles’ Mexican-born population.

Cine Sin Fronteras highlights Latinx identities at Milwaukee Film Festival from radiomilwaukee.org : Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Film Festival is in full swing today, and Cine Sin Fronteras is excited to be a part of the festival for a second season. The program began last year after the Milwaukee Film Festival approached Claudia Guzman and Jeanette Martin about creating a Latin American program. Both Guzman and Martin were curating minority film screenings for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee prior to being approached.

Exhibit Explores Polish Links of Artists Kahlo and Rivera from usnews.com : Poland

A new art exhibit that explores the little-known connections Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera had to Poland is bringing works inspired by Mexico's indigenous cultures to a European audience which rarely has the chance to see them.

Famous Mexico City murals to be fully restored from aldianews.com : Mexico

The murals in the Polyforum Cultural by famed Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros, designated an Urban Cultural Heritage three years ago, will undergo a full restoration in order to assure their long-term preservation.

Groundbreaking Latin artists who aren’t Frida Kahlo from dazeddigital.com : California

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, a new exhibition on view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, is a major step towards setting the record straight with more than 260 works by 116 women artists now on view through December 31, 2017. Curated by Dr. Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Dr. Andrea Giunta, Radical Women is a watershed moment in the art world, illustrating the power of intersectionality in the new millennium.

Host of Puerto Rican Panorama Diego Castellanos honored from 6abc.com : Pennsylvania

A big honor Friday evening for 6abc's Diego Castellanos as a new mural was dedicated in North Philadelphia. The scene painted on the Julia De Burgos Bilingual Elementary School at 4th and Lehigh, includes Diego among the Latino and Latina cultural and community leaders.

How to See All of PST: LA/LA in 14 Days (Part II) from laweekly.com : California

There's an infinite number of worthwhile art shows to see in L. A. and its environs between now and early next year — and 70 of those are part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the Getty's massive Latinx and Latin American art initiative that's taken over institutions throughout Southern California, from Riverside, down to San Diego and out to Palm Springs. Seeing all of it won't be easy, but it's doable. Earlier this month, we published part one of our 14-day agenda for seeing all of PST, which largely covered L. A. proper. You've covered all that ground by now (obviously), so let's venture away from the center of town.

La Bloga: Chicanonautica: SoCal Art Gets Sci-Fiized from labloga.blogspot.com : California

A summer from Hell is over, and I'm glad to have something to announce other than dystopian absurdity and apocalyptic tragedy. La Cultura is rising. Getting sci-fiized. In Southern California. Being a product of SoCal--my first few years on this planet were spent on Bonnie Beach Place, East Los Angeles--I'm glad to see it.

Latin American Film Festival brings power to Latinx voices from dailytarheel.com : North Carolina

Film has been used for decades to make personal stories accessible to a wide audience. The Latin American Film Festival, to be held from Sept. 28—Nov. 8, 2017, will create a platform for the stories of the Latin American community to be shared on a wider scale.

Latinopia art Carlos Almaraz at LACMA from latinopia.com

Playing With Fire: Painting by Carlos Almaraz is the first major exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art of the work of Chicano artist Carlos Almaraz (1941-1989). In this first of four videos, Artist Elsa Almaraz, Carlos’ widow, talks about Carlos’ art and their work together.

Major MCASD Exhibition Explores the Art of Latin American Underdevelopment from timesofsandiego.com : California

A major international exhibition opening Sunday at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego explores the often revolutionary avant-garde Latin American art from the 1960s to 1980s. “Memories of Underdevelopment” encompasses more than 400 objects by some 50 artists from eight countries in the museum’s downtown location in the Santa Fe Depot.

New JANM Exhibition Explores Japanese Latino/Latin American Artists from rafu.com : California

“Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo,” a new exhibition opening at the Japanese American National Museum on Sept. 17, will examine the experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California.

Prayers for Ancestors Passed and Intermedia Arts during opening reception of Festival de las Calaveras Arts from mndaily.com : Minnesota

Festival de las Calaveras is a multimedia and multidisciplinary arts exhibition that highlights Day of the Dead and explores correlating social justice issues through Latinx art, music and discussion. The opening reception for the exhibition took place Thursday at Intermedia Arts on Lyndale Avenue South, despite announcements of financial crisis and staff cuts. By Friday, all of Intermedia Arts' staff was laid off as a consequence of the financial situation.

Scripps Celebrates Cross-Generational Latina Photography from tsl.news : California

The sound of a band blended with jovial Spanish conversation into a melodic symphony fitting for the opening night of “Revolution and Ritual” at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery of Scripps College’s exhibition in conjunction with the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA series.

Sotheby's Prize Recognizes Forthcoming Nasher Museum Exhibit on Latin American Influence on Pop Art from today.duke.edu : North Carolina

A Nasher Museum of Art exhibit planned for 2019 is one of two winners of the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize, meant to support exhibitions that explore underrepresented areas of art history. Pop América, 1965-1975, which will open in February 2019, will showcase the significant contribution of Latin American and Latino/a artists working at the same time and alongside their U. S. and European counterparts in the time period. The second winner is an exhibit of Middle East art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Both exhibits will receive $125,000.

Tales From Puerto Rico: The Young Photographer at the Heart of the Protest from ozy.com : Puerto Rico

Before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, knocking out power and leveling homes across the island, OZY video producer Amberly Ellis traveled there to document the efforts of the arts community to engage in political conversations around gentrification, immigration and belonging.

Tender Photos of Colombia's Beauty Amidst Times of Strife from vice.com : Colombia

American photographer Matthew O'Brien spent a decade documenting the people and places of Colombia.

The Metropolis in Latin America 1830-1930' at Getty Research Institute from blouinartinfo.com : California

Getty Research Institute is showcasing an exhibition of photography and architectural relevance titled "The Metropolis in Latin America 1830-1930. "It explores the transformation of six Latin American capitals: Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago de Chile. Urban growth, sociopolitical upheavals, and cultural transitions that reshaped the architectural landscapes of these major cities in Latin America over the course of a century form the theme of this exhibition.

These Shorts Docs Examine What Life Was Like Before DACA from remezcla.com

The recent controversy over the President’s proclamation to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has instigated a conversation about the lives of those who would be affected, particularly young adults and teenagers who arrived in the U. S. as children. Two short films, playing as part of a series known as DREAMer Docs, seek to cast awareness on the topic through the voices of two young women currently living with DACA.

This Is What Junot Díaz's First Year in NYC Was Like from remezcla.com : New York

For New York transplants, they’ll always remember their first year in the city. Junot Díaz is no different. In an essay for Time Out, Díaz talked about moving to Brooklyn in 1995. He had just moved from Ithaca into a less than ideal apartment. “My apartment on State Street was slumlord shitty and had no insulation, and when it got cold, winter came right through me and my roommate’s big front windows like a White Walker, and we had to wear our coats indoors if we wanted to live,” he wrote.

Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos from labloga.blogspot.com

Acclaimed author and Pura Belpré Award honoree Lulu Delacre’s beautifully illustrated collection of twelve short stories is a groundbreaking look at the diverse Latinos who live in the United States. In this book, you will meet many young Latinos living in the United States, from a young girl whose day at her father’s burrito truck surprises her to two sisters working together to change the older sister’s immigration status, and more.

What about these voices? First-time 'Destinos' theater fest has an answer from chicagotribune.com : Illinois

Myrna Salazar, executive director and co-founder of the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA), may not be able to sway Hollywood, but she’s definitely putting Latino artists front and center this month through the first Chicago International Latino Theater Festival. Called “Destinos” (www.clata.org) the festival presents work across the city at venues large (Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare’s The Yard) and small (the new Back of the Yards Storyfront venue, founded by South Side native Ricardo Gamboa), as well as panel discussions on Latino political and identity issues.

Wild Beauty' by Anna-Marie McLemore Is Bustle's American Woman Book Club Pick For October from bustle.com

Wild Beauty, the third book from the Latina author, is a magical realism dreamscape. The story follows the Nomeolvides family, a band of tight-knit women who have been the caretakers of the lush gardens of La Pradera for nearly a century. But these women have also carefully tended to an unfortunate secret for all those years: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish.

7 Poems By Latinx Writers That Will Inspire You To Give The Genre A Try from bustle.com

The seven poems below mix well-known classics from the likes of Pablo Neruda, with modern writers like Carmen Giménez Smith for a preliminary list of just some of the incredible Latinx poets out there whose work you can delve into, discuss and devour. If you've been looking for a reason to get more into poetry, consider this your gentle reminder.

8 Up-and-Coming Latinx Romance Writers Who Should Be on Your Radar from popsugar.com

There's never a bad time to shine a spotlight on the next crop of Latinx writers hungry for their share of the romance genre's pie. There's plenty of variety on this list, ranging from authors who write sweet tales about love and family to those who devote a plethora of pages to steamy encounters in the bedroom — and elsewhere (ahem). The unifying theme? These women are proud Latinas whose books offer happily-ever-afters that will make you laugh, swoon, and fan yourself.

Artist Ambar Navarro created shrines to honor the Mexican candies of her past from hellogiggles.com

Inspired by miniatures, Mexican culture, and candy, Ambar created a shrine to honor some of her favorite Mexican treats. We talked to the artist about her inspiration, how her background influences her art, her favorite candy, and about what she has coming up next.

Clinic will explore Latin music from thegazette.com : Iowa

Musicians who want to explore fusing Latin musical styles into their repertoire are invited to a free clinic and jam session with Grammy-winning Mexican-American band La Santa Cecilia on Monday. The group performs many styles of music including cumbia, bossa nova and bolero. The band will start with a master class-style demonstration, followed by an open jam session.

Experimental Film from Chile and Brazil Screens at LA’s Filmforum from hyperallergic.com : California

Los Angeles Filmforum screens Raúl Ruiz’s short films focused on anthropology alongside works by his Brazilian contemporaries Arthur Omar and Anna Maria Maiolino.

Living Her Truth, Unapologetically: Alvin Ailey's Belén Pereyra-Alem from huffingtonpost.com

American by birth and Dominican by heart, this Latina never let her failures define her. Born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Belén Pereyra-Alem never lost sight of her dreams despite the numerous moments of doubt and insecurity. Raised by the diverse city of Lawrence, Pereyra-Alem shares the fond memories of her childhood and how her heritage made an impact in her personal and professional growth.

Midwest Theater observing Hispanic Heritage Month with film festival from starherald.com : Nebraska

The Midwest Theater is hosting its first Hispanic Heritage Film Festival in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. The theater will be showing “Selena” on Sept. 30 at 7:30 p. m. and “La Bamba” on Oct. 1 at 1:30 p. m. Patron Experience and Volunteer Manager for the Midwest Theater, Abigail Torres, shared about Hispanic Heritage Month and the film festival.

New Focus on Chicanx and Latinx Art from thehoya.com : District of Columbia

In partnership with AltaMed Health Services, a Los Angeles-based community health center, the Mexican Culture Institute presents “Before the 45th: Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art,” an exhibition featuring emerging and established Chicanx and Latinx artists. Dating back as early as the 1970s, these artworks survey an ongoing dialogue shaped by Chicanx and Latinx leaders and their successors about the hopes, dreams and fears of multicultural communities.

New mural unveiled at UO for Hispanic Heritage Month from kval.com : Oregon

The University of Oregon is unveiling a new mural on Saturday in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The UO Division of Equity and Inclusion hosted a re-dedication of the Aztlan Topializti mural, painted by Martha Ramirez Oropeza in 1989, and it will hang inside the Erb Memorial Union.

Official Latino Short Film Festival Lineup 2017 - Lower East Side from remezcla.com : New York

If you’re in New York, you might want to stop into the Official Latino Short Film Festival. Founded in 2015 by Panamanian-Mexican-American Danny Hastings, the fest will include 128 films, panel discussions and a section of shorts written, directed, and produced by women. This year’s crop of movies feature several from directors in the United States and the international community.

PanaFest 2017 Is a Showcase of Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles from remezcla.com : California

Returning to Los Angeles for its third edition, PanaFest, presented by the Panamanian International Film Festival and co-produced with NewFilmmakers LA, is a one-day event screening recent short and feature works from the Central American country and Latin America in general, as well as several US Latino works. The full lineup of films, panels, and cultural activities will take place on November 4, 2017 at the South Park Center in Downtown LA.

Public art display celebrates Hispanic Heritage with 16 unique doors from abc7chicago.com : Illinois

A new public art installation celebrating Hispanic Heritage is coming to the streets of Humboldt Park. Sixteen doors on Division Street between Western and California are being transformed as part of a project that's four years in the making.

See John Leguizamo Transform Into Frida Kahlo for Broadway Show from hiplatina.com

John Leguizamo is finally opening his new Broadway show and he also has a new look. The actor and social justice activist is debuting “Latin History for Morons” on Broadway after it played at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Public Theater earlier this year. But everyone knows, when you’re on Broadway you have to make a splash, and Leguizamo is no different. Yesterday the Colombian-American arrived on the streets of New York City to present the marquee to his play and we were left with our mouths open.

The LatinxArts festival gets on its feet with a show of dances by immigrant choreographers from chicagoreader.com : Illinois

In a year that's been especially tough on immigrants, the arts can foster a sense of community that provides relief. Hairpin Arts Center is rising to the occasion with the monthlong LatinxArts festival, featuring free workshops, exhibitions, and performances—among them, the one-night-only Movements: A Show of Work by Three Immigrant Dancemakers.

This Frida Kahlo Portrait Made Out of Rice and Seaweed Is Too Beautiful to Eat from popsugar.com

Samantha Lee is the food artist who brought the Mexican artist to life as a modified sushi piece, and from the looks of her Instagram, she is truly great at her job.

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