¡Murales Rebeldes! Film Series:

These Walls Speak: PLACA

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 6:00PM

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These Walls Speak: PLACA

Join us for the final film in our series celebrating our exhibition, ¡Murales Rebeldes!: L.A. Chicana/Chicano Murals under Siege, a special screening of the film, These Walls Speak with one of the filmmakers, Carla Wojczuk, an artist who has painted in Balmy Alley, Patricia Rodriguez, and one of the originators of Balmy Alley, Artist Raymond Patlan.

The film documents and contextualizes San Francisco's community mural movement, early murals, and mural artists, incorporating old and new archival materials.

In 1984, more than 30 artists and activists came together to form the project PLACA, to demonstrate - in visual terms - their opposition to the US government's wars of intervention in Central America and their solidarity and respect for the people from these nations, who were arriving in San Francisco's Mission District by the thousands as exiles from thos wars. PLACA transformed Balmy Alley, in the heart of the Mission, into one of the first 'mural environments.'

Please reserve your tickets in advance. There is limited seating.

Carla Wojczuk is a cross-disciplinary artist and cultural organizer. She currently does community advocacy work across the Bay Area with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, facilitates community mural projects, and leads public mural education walks with Precita Eyes Muralists.

Patricia Rodriguez

Born in Marfa, Texas, raised in Ventura County, California. Residing in the Bay Area since mid 1960’s Awarded a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute 1970. BFA 1972. Received my MA degree at Sacramento State University 1975. During this time 1970-1975 known for Co-Creating the "Mujeres Muralistas" group of Chicana/Latina women mural painters. Many of the Murals are now in art journals and books. Taught at many community collages: San Mateo Community College, Contra Costa Community College Laney Collage in Oakland, San Francisco State University. UC Berkeley. She was one of the first Chicana Professors to create a course on Chicano Art History with a reader that lives in the Chicano Studies Library. 1977. The same year she organized the Chicano Studies Dept. to support her in getting a Chicano art exhibition at the UC Berkeley Art Museum. I was the conspirator and got the exhibition with a catalog. All Chicano Institutions around the Bay Area got to exhibit at the Museum.

She was invited to teach at The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Espanola Community Collage, Los Alamos Community Collage, NM. 1990-1996. In California, Did curatorial work for Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2001-2009. She was invited to be the curator for the Dead Exhibition “Love & Lost” at the Oakland Museum of California 2011. She continues to do her personal artwork of prints, art boxes for sale and exhibitions. Her art work has been published in Art Journals and Art Books.

She is currently working in the community with children and families, doing large sculptures with recyclables, for the Richmond Art Center. She is also currently working with the Oakland Art Commission doing workshops with Children and families at the County Libraries.

Raymond Patlan

As one of the earliest initiators of the contemporary Mural Renaissance in the United States, Ray Patlan’s earliest work and study finds its roots in the Chicago barrios, and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also studied and lived in Mexico and became close to the work of the Great Mexican Movement. During this period, Patlan befriended and studied the works of such renowned maestros as David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Chavez Morado, Jose Luis Soto, Arnold Belkin and Benito Messeguer. His work has involved directing and/or executing more than one hundred murals in the United States, Mexico, Asia and Europe. Simultaneously he has been an instructor and lecturer at various art institutions and universities including The Art Institute of Chicago, Stanford University, The University of California at Berkeley, La Academia San Carlos in Mexico City, Dartington College of Art in Devon, Great Britain and the Chelsea School of Art in London, England. Currently, Patlan is an Instructor at Laney College in Oakland California and The California College of the Arts also in Oakland.

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