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Movimientos: Two Generations of Chicana Artists

September 24, 2009


The Union Art Gallery in Milwaukee continues its long standing tradition of hosting exhibitions with vital political and social content. A show featuring the work of Ester Hernandez and Justseeds members, Favianna Rodriguez and Melanie Cervantes opens tomorrow night at the Union Art Gallery. Stop by if you are in the area!
Opening reception: Thursday, September 24, 5-8pm
Gallery Talk with Favianna Rodriguez : Friday, September 25th, 4pm
September 24 – October 16
Union Art Gallery
Campus Level, Room W199
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 12-5pm; Thu 12-7pm

In this group exhibition, contemporary artists representing two generations of Chicana feminist artists will exhibit an array of work that reflects pride in their Mexican heritage as well as pattern s of racial inequality in the United States for Mexican Americans. Exhibiting prints, paintings and installation, these artists open dialogues about sexism, racism, homophobia, and poverty as interlinked issues for women of Mexican descent in the US. These Chicana artist-activists participated in or grew out of the Chicano movimiento of the 1960s and 70s which sought to define a cultural and political identity for Americans of Mexican descent.
The first generation is represented by Ester Hernandez and the second by Favianna Rodriguez and Melanie Cervantes.


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2 comments on “Movimientos: Two Generations of Chicana Artists”

As a Chicana artist born in L.A and growing up during the 1960’s and 1970’s I am still inspired by the images and colors of that time and incorporate them in my artwork. During those days it was very tough to be Latino outside of the neighborhoods, which exposed Chicanos (like me) living outside of them to a lot of prejudice. I can still remember watching my dad being frisked by police on the sidewalk of Rodeo Drive when I was 11. He was wearing his new Brooks Brother’s suit and I was in my Sunday clothes on our way to a fancy lunch.
Thank you for promoting Chicano artwork. If you have a chance, take a look at my latest exhibit, “Reshaping the Divine – Contemporary Hispanic Retablos Exploring the Sacred Feminine.” I wrote about it on one of my blogs. Here’s the link