The Design Museum on the campus of UC Davis is the premiere venue for this exhibit, running October 8 – December 7, 2012. One Shield Avenue, Davis, CA; 530.752.6150. The exhibit then travels to museums, galleries and cultural centers throughout the state.
The exhibition, produced by Exhibit Envoy and co-curated by seven curators, spans the decades from the 1970s to today. This remarkable assemblage of silkscreen prints represents the best in visual communication and artistry from California’s Latino/Latina printmaking community.
Featured are veteran poster-makers, such as Rene Castro, Linda Lucero, Malaquias Montoya, and Xavier Viramontes as well as emerging artists making waves today, including Melanie Cervantes, Daniel González, Favianna Rodriguez, and Ernesto Yerena. Their prints instantly convey powerful messages with bold images and sparse, but impactful text.
Serigrafía contains 30 prints framed original silkscreens from a variety of major collections and print shops throughout California including, Alliance Graphics (Berkeley), The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (Los Angeles), Mission Gráfica (San Francisco), All Of Us Or None Archive at The Oakland museum of California, Self Help Graphics & Art (Los Angeles) and UC Davis Department of Chicana/o Studies.
“The best posters are powerful and influential. The worst quickly forgotten. Their history is as varied as their messages, traveling from demonstrations to trash bins and occasionally to museum walls,” explains one of Serigrafía’s curators, Carol Wells, Founder and Executive Director / Center for the Study of Political Graphics in her essay titled “Have Posters, Will Travel,” in Visions of Peace and Justice: San Francisco Bay Area: 1974–2007.
Ranging from political and economic to social and cultural, these prints tackle issues, head on, from the personal to the global. They represent topics of concern to Latino/Latina communities, and all Californians, and were made by Latino/Latina artists. The result is set of prints designed to provoke, protest, and praise.
This traveling exhibition was made possible by funding from The James Irvine Foundation. Exhibit Envoy provides traveling exhibitions and professional services to museums throughout California. Our mission is to build new perspectives among Californians, create innovative exhibitions and solutions, and advance institutions in service to their communities. For more information, please visit www.exhibitenvoy.org.