Chafismo: An Introduction to New Forms of Art Post-Rasquachismo
opening reception: First Friday, February 3, 2017, 7-10pm
opening reception performance by DJ Telepathic Juan tocando DIY Pop y Mexican Kitsch
free refreshments and no-host bar
exhibition: February 4 through March 12, 2017
curated by Angelica Muro and Hector Dionicio Mendoza
talk with the curators: Saturday, March 11, 5pm
Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains will moderate a discussion with Angelica Muro and Hector Dionisio Mendoza, curators of the exhibition. Doors open 4:30. Free admission and free light refreshments. See the talk event on Facebook!
Featuring work by Sita Bhaumik, Felix d’Eon, Karla Diaz, Monique Islam, Prole Arts Collective (Nosfe and Rarotonga), Isaías D. Rodríguez, and Arnoldo Vargas, this exhibition re-examines social based-phantom culture by sampling and appropriating sources that are linked to both high and low culture through use of materials that convey social-economic and political class, race, gender, and sexuality. Chafismo highlights work that moves towards the current dialogue surrounding the complexity within ChicanX practices. This often means artists giving a critical voice to prevailing theoretical paradigms that frame arte y cultura as long relegated issues that should be expanding our understanding of positionality, value, and worth. By questioning established standard tenets as idle, a new approach and visual language can emerge to probe the conventionality of what is considered broken, irreverent, or complacent.