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Christina Fernandez,
Lavenderia #1, 2002, C-print, 30 x 40 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica

Leaving Aztlán

Curated by Kaytie Johnson

August 28– October 7, 2006; Gallery talk with curator and artists: Tuesday, September 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m. immediately followed by Artists Reception, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Leaving Aztlán presents the work of contemporary U.S. artists who, by engaging a wide range of artistic practices, forms and strategies, produce work that challenges stereotypical perceptions of Chicana/o and Latina/o art as a homogenous “style” defined solely in culturally specific terms.

Rather than completely divorcing themselves from the visual legacy created by Latina/o and Chicana/o artists from previous generations, this group of post-identity practitioners produce work that resists a culturally essentialist reading, moves in new directions, addresses new concerns, and encompasses a broad range of formal and conceptual sensibilities and strategies. As they map out new and important terrain their work forces us to question, more than ever before, what it means to label work as “Chicana/o” or “Latina/o” art, as well as what constitutes the relationship between ethnicity and artistic production. Artists in the exhibition include: Jesse Amado, Connie Arismendi, Javier Carmona, Alex Donis, Christina Fernandez, Carlos Frésquez, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Salomon Huerta, Chuck Ramirez, Shizu Saldamando, and Rubén Ortiz Torres.  


Chuck Ramirez,
Anjali (Purse Portraits), 2005, pigmented inkjet print, 30 x 24 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio.

punk painting

Diana Guerrero-Maciá,
Punk Painting, 2004, wool, vinyl, safety pin and cotton, 48 x 48 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago.

spider johnson

Alex Donis,
Spider and Officer Johnson, 2001, oil and enamel on canvas, 60 x 84 inches, Courtesy of the artist.

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