The History, Legacy, and Continued Impact of the Mujeres Muralistas


Thursday, July 19, 2018 6:00PM

The History, Legacy, and Continued Impact of the Mujeres Muralistas
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The Mujeres Muralistas were an all-woman collaborative of Chicana artists based out of San Francisco’s Mission District in the 1970s. They have painted some of the most well-known and historic murals San Francisco from Balmy Alley and beyond. The Mujeres Muralistas created landmark murals such as Latinoamerica (on Mission Street between 25th & 26th streets), MaestraPeace (San Francisco Women’s Building), and 500 Years of Native Survival (Balmy Alley). Join us for a discussion with three members of the Mujeres Muralistas— Patricia Rodriguez, Ester Hernandez, and Irene Perez—about their careers and current work. Terezita Romo, Lecturer and Affiliate Faculty in the Chicana/o Studies Department at the University of California, Davis, will moderate the discussion.

About the Moderator

Terezita Romo is a Lecturer and Affiliate Faculty in the Chicana/o Studies Department at the University of California, Davis. She also served as the Chief Curator at the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, where she organized exhibitions and public programs. Romo was the Arts Director at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and the Arts Project Coordinator at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC). Most recently, she was the Program Office for Arts and Culture at the San Francisco Foundation. An art historian, she has published extensively on Chicana/o art and is the author of Malaquias Montoya, an artist monograph within the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center book series A Ver: Revisioning Art History. An independent curator, Romo was the curator of “Art Along the Hyphen: The Mexican-American Generation,” one of the exhibitions within the Getty Foundation’s 2011 regional initiative, “Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980.”

About the Speakers

Patricia Rodriguez was 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. She received her 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 also organized the Chicano Studies Dept. to support her in getting a Chicano art exhibition at the UC Berkeley Art Museum. Rodriguez 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.

Ester Hernandez was born in California’s San Joaquin Valley to a Mexican/Yaqui farm worker family. The UC Berkeley graduate is an internationally acclaimed San Francisco-based visual artist. She is best known for her depiction of Latina/Native women through her pastels, prints and installations. Her work reflects social, political, ecological and spiritual themes.

Hernandez has had numerous national and international solo and group shows. Among others, her work is included in the permanent collections of the National Museum of American Art – Smithsonian; Library of Congress; Legion of Honor, San Francisco; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, Mexico City; Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her artistic and personal archives are housed at Stanford University.

Irene Perez conceived, raised and currently living in Oakland California. Parents of Mexican roots mother Maria del Refugio Perez, born in Zacatecas, Mexico and father Estanislao Alanis Perez, born in Sierra Blanca, Texas. Studied illustration at the Academy of Art and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. Irene Perez is a co-founder of the “Mujeres Muralistas”, a group Chicana artists who pioneered, collaborated and choosing to create the art and beauty of Mexican/Chicana women and culture. Starting as early as in 1972, they created large scale outdoor murals throughout the Bay Area and had sparked the beginning of the woman muralist movement in the US and Mexico. In 1993 she is proud to be a member and collaborator of the San Francisco Women’s Building mural “MaestraPeace”. Her prints and paintings have been exhibited throughout San Francisco Bay Area, California, US and Mexico.

Photo provided by Ester Hernandez. Left to Right: Patricia Rodriguez, Ester Hernandez and Irene Perez. 1974 Photographer: unknown

Photo of Professor Romo by Susan Macintyre

In Partnership with the Mechanics Institute

and The Mexican Museum


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