Serigrafia – Exhibition Features Powerful Latino Poster Art of the 70s to Present

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org

Serigrafia

Exhibition Features Powerful Latino Poster Art of the 70s to Present

Serigrafía, a traveling exhibition featuring 30 influential silkscreen prints created by the best of California’s Latino/a printmaking community, will be on view in the San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, July 26 – Sept. 7, 2014.

The exhibition features poster art from the 1970s to the present, including works of Bay Area artists Juan R. Fuentes, Jos Sances, Favianna Rodriguez, Esther Hernandez, Yolanda Lopez and other California artists. Emerging in concert with the civil rights movement and activism for political and social justice for marginalized groups, these prints confront political, economic, social, and cultural issues on both a personal and a global level.

The art, which explores such subjects as the United States embargo on Cuba, and the Occupy Wall Street Movement, was conceived to provoke, protest, and praise. From the iconic “Sun Mad” by Esther Hernandez, who combined the familiar Sun Maid girl with the calavera (the satirically costumed skeletons) to bring awareness about the use of pesticides, fungicides, and other toxic chemicals in raisin production, to works by emerging printmakers like Gilda Posada, whose print “Libertad” was created to show the relationship between liberation movements for human rights in Palestine and in Mexico, this exhibition is varied in subject matter but rooted in a long heritage of California printmaking.

Many graphic artists called on the iconography of their pre-Columbian past, such as in Xavier Villamontes’ Boycott Grapes, which depicts a powerful Aztec warrior crushing handfuls of grapes that drip with the blood of exploited and injured farmworkers. When strikes, marches, and legislation failed to improve conditions in the fields, through posters like this one, the United Farms Workers Union (UFWA) asked the public to boycott grapes, wine, and lettuce in order to pressure growers.

This exhibition was made possible by funding from The James Irvine Foundation and was produced by Exhibit Envoy, a statewide organization that provides traveling exhibitions and professional services to museums throughout California.

For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.

Related programs:

Opening discussion with curators Juan R. Fuentes and Jos Sances
July 30, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

Voice on Ink/Voz en Tinta, poetry event with San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murgia August 7, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

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