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Published on October 3, 2008

Author: juarezhawkins


Slide 1: Social aesthetics (visual social commentary) have a long tradition in Latin American and Latino/a artistic narratives; this exhibition features three generations of artists whose cultural heritages belong to Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and Mexico. The multi-media exhibition features works by Latin American and Latino/a artists currently residing in the Midwest: Lucia A. Gomez (Chicago, Illinois), Diane Kahlo (Lexington, Kentucky), Jesus Macarena-Avila (Chicago, Illinois), Francisco Mora (deceased, Cuernavaca, Mexico), and Fabio Rodriguez (St. Louis, Missouri). Narratives from the Midwest Diasporic Narratives President’s Gallery: Chicago State University 9/10/2008 to 11/3/ 2008 Guest curator: Jesus Macarena-Avila with CSU curator, Joyce Owens Anderson E S T É T I C A S O C I A L Slide 2: LUCIA A. GOMEZ’s intimate photographic series confronts identity politics, landscape, and memory. Gomez has a BA degree in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Currently, she lives in Chicago, Illinois and was born in Guatemala. Slide 3: DIANE KAHLO’s lush and sensuous paintings look to feminist topics making religious iconic references to women and spirituality, often through the use of self portraiture. Kahlo is based in Lexington, Kentucky. Slide 4: JESUS MACARENA-AVILA’s digital works deal with racism and stereotyping making references to American and Mexican popular cultural icons. He is based in Chicago, Illinois and has a MFA degree from Norwich University. He is a guest curator for this special exhibition at Chicago State University. Slide 5: FRANCISCO MORA, a renown printmaker and painter was concerned with the rights of “campesinos” (laborers) and the Post-Revolutionary era of Mexico. He was born in Cuernavaca, Mexico in 1922. He was a member of the famous “Taller de Grafica Popular” in Mexico City. Mora is among Mexico’s important printmakers and passed away in 2002. His surviving family members include his wife, African-American sculptor Elizabeth Catlett. Slide 6: FABIO RODRIGUEZ’s paintings are influenced by the WPA mural traditions and Mexican muralists. Rodriguez explores topics with a strong relationship to his birth country, Dominican Republic, through painting and installation. He is based in the St. Louis area in Missouri and has a BFA degree from Columbia College in Missouri.

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