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Since 2006, artists Juan Luna-Avin and Angelica Muro have collaborated on inter-disciplinary projects that revolve around the cult of personality in pop culture, i.e., fictitious characters, urban myths, and legends. Their most recent collaboration proposes a narrative where two cultures intersect in both a fictional space as well as a real location; an entertainment venue in downtown San Jose called Lido Night Club. The cultural balance at this venue teeters between a downstairs Mexican cantina and an upstairs Vietnamese dance club.

New works featured in “Finos Detalles” @ Ruths Table.  See info below:

Finos Detalles, featuring nine Bay Area artists whose practices and work emphasize the concept of the handmade. The title, which translates to “fine details” in Spanish, is taken from a hand-painted sign of a Mexican furniture store. Through a wide range of techniques, the artists explore personal and social issues that cross cultural boundaries.


Curated by Juan Luna-Avin, featuring the works by: 
Facundo Argañaraz
Sofía Córdova
Pablo Guardiola
Julio César Morales
Hector Dio Mendoza
Angelica Muro
Mitsy Ávila Ovalles
Shalo P
Veronica Rojas


Opening reception: Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 6 to 9 pm

Location: Ruth’s Table, 580 Capp Street, San Francisco 

www.ruthstable.org

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Chico & Chang through September 16, 2012 @ SJICA

“Chico & Chang is part of the 2012 Zero1 Biennial, an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology. This year’s theme is “Seeking Silicon Valley,” Chico & Chang unexpectedly (and delightfully) stretches the biennial’s territory in complicated directions: through cultural and subcultural terrains, political activism, and silenced histories.”

excerpt from Art Practical review: 

http://www.artpractical.com/review/chico_chang/ 

Visiting Information:

Gallery Hours
Wed. Sept 12: 10am – 5pm
Thurs, Sept 13: 10am – 5pm
Fri, Sept 14: 10am – 10pm
Sat, Sept 15: 12pm – 10pm
Sun, Sept 16: 10am – 4pm

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Chico & Chang, originally curated in 2011 by Kevin B. Chen for Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, explores the interwoven and sometimes incongruous cultures of two of California’s largest populations, the Latino and Asian communities, through irreverent humor and inspiring candor. Posing complex questions about the assumption and construction of culture, the work in this exhibition provides opportunity to see where the boundaries of these two cultures begin, intersect and sometimes collide.

Photo credit: Carlos Luna, Intersection for the Arts, SF, June 2011

http://theintersection.org/2011/08/chico-chang-a-look-at-the-impact-of-latino-and-asian-cultures-on-californias-visual-landscape/

 

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Images from the opening of Chico&Chang @ the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, June 2012.

From a low-rider rickshaw to work made by “Dreamers,” undocumented youth who are fighting to gain legal status, Chico and Chang examines the impact of Asian and Latino cultures on the changing face of California through sculpture, video, illustration and painting.

In our ever-changing society, the word “diversity” is more than a cliché. It is a call to action that is necessary for growth and adaptability. Results of the 2010 census show a continuing shift of California’s ethnic composition. Latinos and Asians have accounted for the majority of California’s population growth since 2000, a statistic that is accurately represented in San Jose. Immigrant communities directly impact the look and feel of our community, from our diverse residential neighborhoods to downtown businesses and restaurants. 

Chico & Chang, originally curated in 2011 by Kevin B. Chen for Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, explores the interwoven and sometimes incongruous cultures of two of California’s largest populations, the Latino and Asian communities, through irreverent humor and inspiring candor. Posing complex questions about the assumption and construction of culture, the work in this exhibition provides opportunity to see where the boundaries of these two cultures begin, intersect and sometimes collide.

Participating artists include Pablo Cristi, Sergio De La Torre, Takehito Etani, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Mike Lai, Angelica Muro and Juan Luna-Avin, Favianna Rodriguez, Lordy Rodriguez, Tracey Snelling and Charlene Tan.


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Chico & Chang @ SJICA as part of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial

The San Jose ICA is pleased to be among the cultural partners participating in the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial taking place in San Jose and throughout the broader San Francisco Bay Area from September to December 2012. The ICA’s response to the Biennial theme “Seeking Silicon Valley” is realized in our two summer exhibitions on view through September 16, 2012.

Inviting more than 150 artists from over 13 countries, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, presents works at the forefront of media art – collaborating with international cultural institutions and iconic Silicon Valley companies to showcase three months of Bay Area exhibitions, events, and performances – in museums and galleries, in skywriting above San Francisco, in the streets and storefronts of Silicon Valley, on iPads and smartphones, and across the internet. Find out more at zero1biennial.org.

Chico & Chang features work by Pablo Cristi, Sergio De La Torre, Takehito Etani, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Clement Hanami, Mike Lai, Angelica Muro & Juan Luna-Avin, Favianna Rodriguez, Lordy Rodriguez, Tracey Snelling and Charlene Tan

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SAN JOSE EXHIBIT LOOKS AT IMPACT OF ASIAN CULTURE

Asia Week Guide

Before there was Silicon Valley, there was the valley. As a western territory and wild frontier, the Bay Area has promised opportunity throughout its history, whether in gold, agriculture or technology. Along with these successes, however, are stories of class struggle and racial bias which are often excluded from the mainstream narrative.

Two new exhibits at The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) the topic of Asian Culture and California’s Visual Landscape.

In response to the ZERO1 art and technology biennial thematic Seeking Silicon Valley, City Beneath The City exposes a history of the valley before it was dubbed Silicon Valley. Whereas Silicon Valley is obsessed with the next technology that will revolutionize our lives, this project looks to the past in order to understand the significance of Silicon Valley today. At the height of its existence, the Market Street Chinatown, located at the intersections of Market and San Fernando Streets in downtown San José (a ten minute walk from the ICA), was the largest Chinese community anywhere in the U.S. outside of San Francisco. It flourished both economically and culturally from the 1860s until it was destroyed in an arson fire in 1887.

The installation will include a collection of artifacts including ceramic bowls, glassware and vessel fragments that will be presented to render a physical and tactile field. This visual experience seeks to elicit an emotional response, drawing on the viewers’ memories and assumptions about what these domestic, fractured and historic objects may represent in the context of a contemporary art space.

Archival photograph showing arson fire destroying San Jose's Market Street Chinatown (History San Jose )

Archival photograph showing arson fire destroying San Jose’s Market Street Chinatown (History San Jose )

A second exhibit, Chico & Chang: A Look at the Impact of Latino and Asian Cultures on California’s Visual Landscape explores the interwoven and sometimes incongruous cultures of two of California’s largest populations, the Latino and Asian communities. From a low-rider rickshaw to work made by “Dreamers,” undocumented youth who are fighting to gain legal status, Chico and Chang examines the impact of Asian and Latino cultures on the changing face of California through sculpture, video, illustration and painting.

Chico & Chang features work by Pablo Cristi, Sergio De La Torre, Takehito Etani, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Clement Hanami, Mike Lai, Angelica Muro & Juan Luna-Avin, Favianna Rodriguez, Lordy Rodriguez, Tracey Snelling and Charlene Tan

http://www.asiaweekguide.com/2012/05/23/san-jose-exhibit-looks-at-impact-of-asian-culture/

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CHICO & CHANG Exhibition Gallery Guide (PDF) →

Chico and Chang @ SJICA was originally curated by Kevin B. Chen for Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco

Supported in part by a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Donor Circle for the Arts 

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You’re Breathing in It! Alternative Art Practices

opening reception @ Riverside Museum of Art, July 14, 2012



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You’re Breathing in It! Alternative Art Practices

opening reception @ Riverside Museum of Art

Exhibition: July 14 - September 22, 2012
Reception: July 14, from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

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