PMCA 1234: Second Saturday

Second Saturday Spotlights take place on the second Saturday of every month at 2:00pm. This Spotlight will take place in the Founders Gallery in relation to Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo.

From Walls Of Empowerment To Screens Of Engagement: The Progression Of Murals

Eduardo Carrillo inspired and empowered people and communities through the tradition of mural making. Join acclaimed muralists and educators Yreina Cervántez and Barbara Carrasco, muralist Kristy Sandoval, and digital mural scholar Kaelyn Rodriguez in a panel discussion moderated by Charlene Villaseñor Black, Ph.D., professor of Art History and Chicano Studies, as they consider the artist-as-educator and the role of murals in the 21st century.

This event is presented as part of our PMCA 1234 monthly programming.
Free for PMCA members. Free with admission. Children 12 and under are always free!

Banner Image: Eduardo Carrillo, Cabin in the Sky [detail], 1966. Oil on board, 72 x 58 3/4 inches. Private collection

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Los Angeles based artist Yreina D. Cervantez is a second generation Chicana, born in Garden City, Kansas in 1952, raised in Southern California and currently based in Los Angeles. She works primarily in painting, printmaking and muralism. She earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from U.C. Santa Cruz (1975) and an M.F.A. from U.C.L.A. (1989), and is presently a tenured professor teaching in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at California State University at Northridge.

Her body of work reflects over forty years of exploration and the development of an iconography influenced by diverse creative expressions. Native Mesoamerican mythology and cosmology, Mexican art traditions, Chicana/o self-determination, women’s history, issues of ecology, globalization and international struggles for human rights inform her work. Ancient concepts and metaphors are combined with current issues and reality, creating a hybrid language of contemporary glyphs in a rich visual narrative.  A complex layering of symbolism and text from many sources characterize the compositions in Cervantez’ artwork; inscribed testimonies imbued with spiritual and political meanings.

Barbara Carrasco is an artist and muralist.  Her works have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America: Vincent Price Art Museum /ELAC (Mid-Career Survey Exhibition, 2008), Museo José Luis Cuevas, Mexico (2006), The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (1996); Armand Hammer Museum (1995,1999); Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (1988); Museo del Choppo, Mexico (1984); and The Mexican Museum (1992).  Her work has been featured in numerous publications: Ms. Magazine (2008), Los Angeles Times, New York Times; USA Today; Artforum; Boston Globe; new England Journal; High performance, and Flash Art.

She received her M.F.A. in art from California Institute of the Arts (1991) and her B.F.A. in Art from UCLA (1978).  Carrasco created numerous mural banners for the United Farm Workers Union (1976-1991).  She was invited to the former USSR to paint murals in Leningrad and Armenia (1985 and 1987).  Carrasco created computer animation PESTICIDES! that was presented on the Spectacolor Light-board at Times Square in New York (1989).

Raised in the Northeast San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California Kristy Sandoval (aka- kSan) is a first generation Chicana with roots also planted in Tijuana +Mexicali, Mexico, and San Diego, CA.

While attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Kristy formally received her degree in Art. During this time Ms. Sandoval explored Northern California and found such rich inspiration there it helped to juxtapose her experiences in Southern California.

Since 2008 Kristy has painted more than 30 public art murals. Her work focuses on human rights, world affairs from an environmental stand point, and Female Empowerment. As a dedicated advocate for arts education Ms. Sandoval has run mural design workshops for all age groups and skill levels in underserved communities throughout the greater Los Angeles area and other parts of Southern California.

Kaelyn D. Rodríguez is an Afro-Latina, Angeleno, editor with bozalta Journal and PhD student in the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. She holds master’s degrees in the History of Art and Chicana/o Studies, respectively. Her thesis research is an interdisciplinary expression of art history via geography and cartography, history, art making, and social activism in Watts, CA. For her dissertation, Kaelyn is digging into the history of Los Angeles at large to draw connections between Black, Latina/o/x and Afro-Latina/o/x communities and art histories. Additionally, Kaelyn is pairing those Black and Brown histories with new technologies and digital platforms to share and build with LA communities.

Charlene Villaseñor Black is Professor of Art History and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She recently edited Tradition and Transformation: Chicana/o Art from the 1970s to the 1990s, and a dossier on teaching Latina/o art in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. Her widely reviewed 2006 book, Creating the Cult of St. Joseph: Art and Gender in the Spanish Empire, was awarded the College Art Association Millard Meiss subvention. She has held grants from the Fulbright, Mellon, Borchard, and Woodrow Wilson Foundations, the NEH, the ACLS, and the Getty. She is Associate Director of UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center, and the editor of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. In 2016 she was awarded UCLA’s Gold Shield Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence.