Exhibitions in 2018



Opening Reception, Thursday, october 4, 2018 7-10pm 

Exhibition on view october 4, 2018 through december 8, 2018

Self Help Graphics & Art Presents its 45th Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibition Opening Reception, "How We Remember and How We Survive," Thursday, October 4th 7-10 p.m. Curation and Commemorative Print by SHG Artist in Residence/ Printmaker, Dewey Tafoya. Featuring Artists: Amitis Motevalli, Cruz Ortiz, Dalila Paola Mendez, Dewey Tafoya, Jennifer Gutierrez-Morgan, Jose Sotelo, Michael Alvarez, Miyo Stevens-Gandara, Nani Chacon, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Noni Olabisi, Ofelia Esparza and Zeke Peña.

Brews provided by Border X Brewing

#SHGDOD #SHGLegacy #DiadelosMuertos 

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Entre Tinta Y Lucha

Opening Reception, Saturday August 25 5-8pm 

Exhibition on view August 21, 2018 through September 29, 2018


Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) and California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) proudly present Entre Tinta y Lucha: 45 Years of Self Help Graphics & Art at the College of Arts and Letters Fine Arts Gallery, from August 21, 2018 through September 29, 2018. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibition celebrates the 45th Anniversary of the East Los Angeles cultural and community art organization, Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) and looks back at over four decades of the organization’s artistic innovation and excellence and organizational resilience, by featuring a display of over fifty fine art prints from throughout the organization’s history. Curated by Cal State LA Faculty, Michelle Lopez, MA/MFA and Victor Hugo Viesca, PhD., in partnership with SHG, the exhibition also looks forward to an exciting evolution of Chicana/o and Latinx aesthetics.A press preview day at the Fine Arts Gallery (by appointment only) is slated Monday, August 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an opening reception on Saturday, August 25, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Fine Arts Gallery is located at Cal State LA's main campus and is open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. The gallery will be open extended hours, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., during exhibition programming on the following Thursdays:September 6th, September 13, and September 27.

“Self Help Graphics & Art is proud to partner with Cal State LA for our 45th Anniversary retrospective, which includes over four decades of fine art prints and curated programming that explores our organization's impact in the printmaking and cultural arts community throughout Los Angeles and the nation. We look forward to sharing this exhibition and programming with our local community and encourage the public to visit Cal State LA’s Fine Arts Gallery while this free exhibition is on view," said SHG Acting Director, Betty Avila.

Entre Tinta y Lucha: 45 Years of Self Help Graphics & Art marks a historic collaboration between Self Help Graphics & Art and Cal State LA, with support from the Fine Arts Gallery-- two community institutions with roots in the Eastside of Los Angeles. “Self Help Graphics is one of Los Angeles’s most beloved cultural assets. The College of Arts and Letters is not just a place where LA’s future culture makers come to study, it is also a place where our community’s cultural assets are amplified and celebrated,” said Linda Essig, dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

A mobile art workshop (September 6 from 7 p.m.-8:45 p.m.) and series of free artist-led panels will accompany the exhibition at the Fine Arts Gallery, to get perspective from the artists themselves about the history and value of the organization to the community and the greater Los Angeles art world.  Topics include “Exploring Technical Excellence” (September 6 from 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m.), “Cultural Significance & Social Justice in Printmaking” (September 13 from 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m.), “Embracing Identity in Chicana/o & Latinx Art” (September 13 from 7 p.m.-8:45 p.m), “Maestras” (September 27 from 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m.) and “Challenging the Binary: Queerness in Printmaking” (September 27 from 7 p.m.-8:45 p.m.).  


Hacer, Deshacer, y Rehacer

Opening Reception August 9 from 6-9 pm @ SHG 

On view August 9 - September 21, 2018

Hacer, Deshacer, y Rehacer brings together a selection of historical and contemporary viewpoints on the Latinx body and the city of Los Angeles. Primarily based out of Self Help Graphics & Art’s collection, this exhibition is founded on representations of bodies and spaces originated by Chican/o artists of the 1970s, introducing contemporary perspectives that return and challenge many of those same themes and renditions. Spanning more than a forty-year time period, the exhibition intends to foster an intergenerational conversation, placing recent artistic production into dialogue with their historical antecedents.

Building off of SHG’s groundbreaking “Homohombre LA” experimental print atelier of 2007 which provided a platform for queer brown artists, Hacer, Deshacer, y Rehacer brings together depictions of the body and space. Images such as the tough demeanored ELA cholos of George Yepes’ untitled drawing is placed alongside Rigo Maldonado’s Hard To Swallow confrontation with Latino machismo. The exhibition also pairs landscapes, like the utopian reimagining of South Central in Trenely “Clover” Garcia’s print, Los Caminos de la Vida, with master draftsman Frank Hernandez’s Untitled barrio landscape print. This curatorial premise focuses on the artistic tensions involved in making, unmaking and remaking personal and collective Latinx identities. Hacer, Deshacer, y Rehacer is curated by Juan Silverio under SHG's Young Curator Program.


Design Action Collective, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, People's Poster Project,
Housing For The People /  ¡La vivienda es del pueblo!, Offset, 2010, Berkeley, CA

Reclaim! Remain! Rebuild! Posters on Affordable Housing, Gentrification & Resistance

Opening Reception August 9th, 6-9pm

On view August 9 - September 21, 2018

Reclaim! Remain! Rebuild! Posters on Affordable Housing, Gentrification & Resistance at Self Help Graphics. Reclaim! Remain! Rebuild! is an upcoming exhibition that will feature political posters of topical issues such as affordable Housing, gentrification and community resistance, produced in partnership with Self Help Graphics, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics and the Eastside L.E.A.D.S. coalition. 


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Self Help Graphics & Art’s Annual Print Fair and Exhibition (#SHGPrintFair) is a highly anticipated one-day opportunity for art lovers to acquire new, limited edition, fine art prints created by dozens of artists at SHG between 2017-18, through our Professional Printmaking Program. The Annual Print Fair & Exhibition features serigraphs, monoprints, as well as new relief and intaglio print editions.

Although the #SHGPrintFair has passed, the exhibition continues at the SHG Gallery through August 3, 2018 and features work by artists such as Margaret Alarcon, Clover, Pepe Coronado, Sandra Fernandez, River Garza, Luis Genaro Garcia, Rosalia Lopez, Douglas Miles, Dalila Paola Mendez, Malaquias Montoya, Zeke Peña, Kimberly Robertson, Cynthia Velasquez and many more! Shop recent prints online anytime at bit.ly/SHGShop.

The Professional Print Program is supported in part by our artists, volunteers, board of directors, as well as collectors, and major donors including the Eastside Arts Initiative, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Pasadena Art Alliance, Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, California Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Los Angeles County Art Commission, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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ELA ICONS @ Tamayo Restaurant

Visit our exhibition ELA Icons, in partnership with Tamayo Restaurant. ELA Icons is a tribute to the work of Self Help Graphics' Professional Printmaking Studio, our artists and to Tamayo Restaurant in East Los Angeles, established in 1984. 

Select prints from our archives will be on view at Tamayo Restaurant & Gallery, on the second floor. Tamayo Restaurant is a cultural landmark built in 1928 purchased by TELACU in the 1980s as their contribution to celebrating the rich heritage of California's Latino community.  The restaurant is named after internationally renowned artist Rufino Tamayo. The restaurant proudly displays a stunning collection of his art amongst other Latin American and Chicanx icons.

Artists in the exhibition include:  

Kim Abeles, Lalo Alcaraz, Samuel Baray, Chaz Bojorquez, Ashley Cook, Dolores Guerrero Cruz, Alex Donis, Rosanna Esparza-Ahrens, Ofelia Esparza, Lysa Flores, Diane Gamboa, Leticia Huerta, Mavis Leahy, Sandra de la Loza, 

Jose Lozano, Alvaro D. Marquez, Ernesto Yerena Montejano, Ixrael Rodriguez,

Favianna Rodriguez, Reyes Rodriguez, Leslie Gutierrez-Saiz, Carol Shaw Sutton, 
Dewey Tafoya, Peter Tovar, Patssi Valdez, Vincent Valdez, Gloria Wescott, Larry Yanez




Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present and Future is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an integral part of the cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Today’s interpretation of the sacred indigenous tradition has been remixed and recycled into a commercial holiday blending Mexican, Latino, and American pop culture iconography with the spiritual aesthetics of the event’s indigenous and Catholic influences. Self Help Graphics (SHG) will trace the evolution of Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles and beyond through an exhibition and publication documenting its four-decade history of art, ritual, and celebration. Since 1972, when SHG organized its first public ritual for Día de los Muertos, its annual commemoration has developed into a complex and unique public observance. Día de los Muertos, A Cultural Legacy: Past, Present, and Future will include historical prints, photographs, and ephemera representing each decade of SHG’s commemorations, as well as three newly commissioned altars from artists Ofelia Esparza (Los Angeles), Gerardo “Acamonchi” Yépiz (Tijuana), and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario (Los Angeles).


Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Walkouts & Intergenerational Organizing

A collaboration between Mujeres de Maiz, Self Help Graphics & Art, InnerCity Struggle, and The California Endowment.

The art exhibition features womxn of color that are honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Walkouts focusing on their contributions and intergenerational organizing. The exhibition includes archival material, work by walkout participants, and new work inspired by the movement.

Exhibition runs from March 17th to May 30th, 2018 during regular hours and on special events. Additional support provided by CSULA, The Department of Chicanx and Latinax Studies.


Live Art Show Festival and Exhibition Opening
Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 7-10pm

Join us for a special Mujeres de Maiz (MdM) Live Art Show & Exhibition honoring 21 Years of MdM & Honoring Womxn Warriors - then and now. An Interdisciplinary, Intercultural, Intergenerational Art Festival and Exhibition Opening Reception including performances by Entre Mujeres, Medusa, and more.
Free, All Ages (RSVP requested)