Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"... a retro twist with Mexican flavor."

                                                                  -Mi Corazon

Gustavo Rimada, a lowbrow artist with a surrealist twist, was born in Torreon, Mexico in 1981 and is the youngest of 4 children.  Gustavo’s parents moved to the United States when he was just seven years old to Indio, California, which is where Gustavo was raised and currently resides and proudly calls home.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Chicano y que? A look at El Movimiento through photographs.

Chicano y qué?
Exhibition at the San Bernardino Museum of Art
Photography by Jesús Manuel Mena Garza
From March 26, 2011 – November 6, 2011

“Chicano y que?” is not exactly what I asked myself as I wondered through Manuel Mena Garza’s exhibit at the San Bernardino County Museum. His exhibit, “Chicano y que?” will be up for the next couple of moths. The exhibit documents crucial Chicano history in a series of photograph taken by the photographer during the 1970s. While I found myself extremely pleased with the exhibit overall, I would have probably went with “Chicano pero porque?” I say this simply for one reason: the exhibit provided me with plenty of examples of what makes a Chicano a Chicano. Thus, I feel “Chicano pero porque?” would have perhaps been more fitting. Regardless, I’m not here to criticize the exhibit in some sort of analytical way but instead tell you about the impact it had on me.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

EXPLORING POMONA: visiting the DA Center for the Arts and Latino Art Museum

I’ve visited art museums before, but I never visited an art gallery till the day I visited the Pomona Arts Colony.

In order to live more about Chicana/o art in the Inland Empire, I decided to visit the Pomona Arts Colony.  Even though I live less than 10 minutes away from it, none of my friends @ the Claremont Colleges has visited the art galleries at the Colony. The Pomona Arts Colony is located in Pomona (surprise) – here’s a map There are a number of art galleries within a three block radius, and I visited the Latino Art Museum & the DA Center for the Arts.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mujeres de Maiz: the voice of a hundred women, including mine

Mujeres de Maiz is a grassroot organization started in 1997 by Chicana/Latina artists that unites women artists of color from all over Los Angeles.  Through this organization women of color are able to express their voice through performance art in local communities and educational events. On April 6th 2011 Pitzer College was able to bring Mujeres de Maiz to the Claremont Colleges with performances by D’Lo, Lak Ech, La Santa Cecilia, Mujeres de San Jarocho, and Paria B.  D’Lo is a Tamil Sri L.A.nkan American artist/ writer, director, comedian, and music producer of political theater. Lak Ech is collective song group of Xicana artist, writers, students, and organizers who tell their story through poetry comprised of artists Masrisol Torres, Felicia Montes, Claudia Mercado, Cristina Gorocica, Rachel Thorson Veliz, Liza Hita, and Marlene Beltran. La Santa Cecilia is a modern hybrid music group combining Cumbia, Bossa Nova, Rumba, Boleros, Tango, Jazz, Rock, and Klezmer music with artists Miguel Ramirez, Hugo Vargas, and Marisoul. Paria B is a spoken word EMCEE that mixes poetry and hip hop.  My entry is an abstract description of the artists’ performances, and an interpretation about those performances through my own life experiences and ideas. I believe that art is a medium through which we can view the world and our lives.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Graffiti Artist, Timoi Meets Claremont College "Rare Diamonds" Womyn of Color Collective

“Art, Women, and Action: Art that moves”
Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Femicide and Feminicide spread throughout the world like an epidemic. Women and feminine people are being tortured, mutilated, raped and killed just for being either a woman or feminine (Ciudad Juarez, Mex; Guatemala; El Salvador; Honduras; Dominican Republic; Haiti and others).  The School of the Americas (Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), just to mention one, is responsible for the wars and crimes that consume Guatemala.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ART without ACADEMICS excels CREATIVITY every time

Artist Profile: Xavier Cázares Cortéz
April 13, 2011

Posted by: Isabel Garcia, Pomona College ‘14

Artist, Xavier Cázares Cortéz, is a self-taught artist from San Bernardino, CA.  Born in Yuma, Arizona, Cortéz’s family moved to La Quinta, CA where he was raised.  He is an artist, curator, and educator.  He has held many shows across the United States.  His upbringing, educational background, and military backgrounds have differed from the usual career path, but nevertheless he has created various exhibitions shown in museums and galleries.  Some of his exhibitions include The Frame that Frames the Framing Frame, Affirmations and Proclamations, Death of the REAL: Where the Flesh Meets the Spirit World, Altered Altar for the Altered Alacrity, Man of Letters, I Haven’t Seen Her in 108 years, and MAKE IT [K] NEW.  Cortéz’s most recent exhibition, SOMETHING about NOBODY knowing ANYTHING for sure, was shown at Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art at Chaffey College, in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  This exhibition was on display from January 24 – March 5, 2011.  The following are photographs from the exhibit.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

EXHIBITION & UPCOMING RECEPTION: Ink & Clay 37 @ Cal Poly Pomona

Dates: March 17 - April 29, 2011
Reception: Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

@ the Kellogg Gallery in Cal Poly Pomona

"A competitive exhibition of ceramics, prints and drawings, Ink and Clay features richly diverse works by artists across the Western states. The 37th annual exhibition will be showcased at the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery from March 17 through April 29. A reception with the arts will be April 9, from 5 to 7 p.m."

CSU Pomona Kellogg Gallery Info 



EXHIBITIONS: @Pomona Arts Colony

Fantastic exhibitions! Make sure to make it to the Pomona Arts Walk this Saturday, April 9 from 6 - 9 pm.
Here is just a sampling of what the galleries have to offer. Also, make sure to check out the website for more exhibitions here. Need google maps directions?

Remember when we mentioned Cosme Cordova? Here he is again!