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    Opening Night Reception: March 13, 2020, 6-10 pm

    Closing Reception: April 25, 2020

    at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

    2828 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Opening Night: May 13, 2020 6pm – 10pm

    Opening begins outside of MCCLA at 6pm: Community Performance Art “Teatro Callejero” and “Mujeres con Faldas de Serpientes y Talones de Aguila” Flash Mob (all women invited to participate). Performance artist Berta Hernandez will lead performance of “La Tesis: Un violador en mi camino,” dedicated to missing and murdered women.

    MCCLA Theater: 7pm-8pm

    Screening of short film “Matriarchy” written by Patricia Zamorano, Produced by Lauren Ballesteros and Rosa Lisbeth Navarete

    Music Videos Produced by Mission Girls

    Music by Marci Valdivieso

    Poetry Spoken Word Artists: Berta Hernandez, Yenia Avery Jimenez, Simone Jacques

    MCCLA Gallery 2nd Floor: 8pm-9:30pm

    Exhibit features 50 established and emergent artists from U.S. and Mexico.

    Curator: Dr. Martina Ayala Theme: Coatlicue State

    “Though we tremble before uncertain futures may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength, may we dance in the face of our fears.” – Gloria Anzaldua

    The theme for this exhibit is inspired by Coatlicue, the feminine deity that comes from Aztec mythology. Coatlicue derives from the Nahuatl language meaning “the one with the skirt of serpents.” The word for serpent is coātl. “Mother Goddess of the Earth who gives birth to all celestial things, ” “Goddess of Fire and Fertility,” “Goddess of Life, Death and Rebirth,” and “Mother of the Southern Stars.”

    This show brings together women artists, “Nepantleras” that embody what author Gloria Anzaldua described as the “Coatlicue State” a term used to describe the “internal whirlwind” which “gives and takes away life,” “invoking art,” and that is “alive, infused with spirit” (Anzaldua 68, 88-89). Like Anzaldua, the artists featured in this show use the powerful symbolism and myth of Coatlicue to articulate a type of identity conflict experienced by herself, Latinas, and women in general. To be in a “Coatlicue State” is to experience and engage in a life changing experience that disrupts the “smooth flow (complacency) of life and propels the soul to do its work, our disappointments, painful experiences out of which we make meaning and lead us in becoming more of who we are.” (68)

    This is particularly noted among people who reside in lands where the dominant culture does not reflect the cultural traditions of their families, leading to an identity crisis between various cultures of their life. Coatlicue mother of life, death and rebirth, as well as Gloria Anzaldua’s definition provides a powerful term to describe the many aspects of women presented in this show reclaiming their sovereignty as women and honoring their sacred journey.

    “Nepantlera” identified women and allies are invited to submit their work for consideration for the 33rd “Solo Mujeres” Exhibition entitled “Mujeres con Faldas de Serpientes y Talones de Aguila” (Women with Serpent Skirts and Eagle Talons) Curated by Dr. Martina Ayala.


    Tatiana Aguilera, Sonia Baez-Hernandez, Lauren Ballesteros, Bubblebathsbitch, Magué Calanche, Nanibah Chacon, Jacqueline Chavarria, Martha Estrella, Erica Friend, Ana Gachero, Devyn Galindo, Emilia Garcia, Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez, Mission Girls, Mia Gonzalez, Nabil Gonzalez, Berta Hernandez, Jonathan Higadera, Jasmin Iraheta, Simone Jacques, Yenia Avery Jimenez, Diane Kahlo, J. L. King, Silvia Ledezma, Pola Lopez, Nancy Maldonado, Leila Mansur, Simone Monrad, Linette Morales, Montana Murdoch, Carmen Navar, Rosa Lisbeth Navarrete, Alejandra Palos, Viviana Paredes, Irma Sofia Poeter, G. Billie Quijano, Mikaela Rascano, Isis Rodriguez, J. Rodriguez De Ala, Keena Azania Romano, Sonia Romero, Manuel “Fases” Ruelas, Angeline Natalia Ramirez Tarigo, Michelle Tarigo, Claudia Lopez Terroso, Carla I. Tott, Luna Tott-Van Meter, Melly Trochez, Angelica Valadez, Marci Valdivieso, Kathy Vargas, Beatriz Vasquez, Patricia Zamorano

    The earlier show tomorrow, Friday, October 11 5 to 7 pm; Free

    State of California Bldg

    455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco

    Show runs through November 29, 2019

    A Senator Scott Wiener & Joseph Abbati presentation:

    We Belong - Pertenecemos”

    an art exhibit featuring the work of Latinx artists from around the Bay Area.

    The various pieces explore the narrative of Latinx cultural representation, identity and ethnicity, sense of place, history, and families.

    During the reception, Senator Wiener will also discuss various pieces of legislation he authored this year, including SB 288 which would make it legal for Dreamers and other immigrants to run for and be appointed to positions as Democratic & Peace and Freedom Party county central committee members.

    The artists participating include: Frederick Alvarado, Adrian Arias, Michelle Bond, Magué Calanche, Jaime Cortez, Samu Cortez, Emily Cruz, Theosis Damian, Daniel Diaz-Tai, Delaram Farzaneh, Wilson Ferreira, Diego Gomez, Alexander Hernandez, Tanya Herrera, Kavin Orantes, Mimi Herrera-Pease, Eugene Rodriguez, Ezequiel Rodriguez, Gala Sadurni, Durba Sen, Cat Sommer, Eddie Valentine, Camilo Villa, Victor-Mario Zaballa.

    The earlier show tomorrow, Friday, October 11 5 to 7 pm; Free

    State of California Bldg

    455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco

    Show runs through November 29, 2019

    The other show tomorrow,

    Dia de Los Muertos 2019:

    Opening Reception Friday, October 11, 6-9 pm

    at SOMArts, 934 Brannan St.

    Opening nite: $12-$20;

    Free afterwards through November 8, 2019.

    Curators: Rio Yañez and Carolina Quintanilla

    Now in its 20th year, SOMArts’ Día de Los Muertos exhibition is one of the most internationally diverse Day of the Dead celebrations in the United States. Día de Los Muertos at SOMArts merges traditional altars with contemporary installations, continuing to be a multigenerational gathering of remembrance while asserting the role of art as a platform for collective action.

    Curated by Rio Yañez and Carolina Quintanilla, this year’s exhibition features special altar structures to honor and manifest founding curator Rene Yañez’s vision for his final Día de Los Muertos exhibition, titled City of Souls, a reference to his 2001 exhibition City of Miracles. City of Souls invites artists who are most directly impacted by gentrification and displacement to engage audience members in dialogue on the future of San Francisco’s cultural identity.

    Housed in a translucent, labyrinthine city, this exhibition meditates on San Francisco’s rapidly changing landscape, asking artists and visitors: Who are the ancestors we need to call in to help fight for the soul of the City? What are the people, places, and institutions lost to time that have shaped us? What kind of future can we collectively envision for San Francisco?

    Día de Los Muertos 2019: City of Souls is dedicated to Dr. Dawn Mabalon, and to the children who have passed away in ICE custody.

    This is my installation piece consisting of over 1500 tamale husks with some LED lights, handmade cempasuchitl, and veladoras.

    A note of appreciation for their time and efforts to help with my tamaliada goes out to my husband, Dennis Hearne, and to my familia de amigas: Sophie Blue, LaShaune Fitch, Anne Ingraham, Patricia de Larios Peyton, and Céline Wallace. Graçias.