Entre Tinta y Lucha:
45 Years of Self Help Graphics & Art

at California State University, Los Angeles, Fine Arts Gallery

Sam Coronado, Pan Dulce, 1988

ABOUT

Entre Tinta y Lucha: 45 Years of Self Help Graphics & Art
Exhibition runs August 21 through September 29, 2018

California State University, Los Angeles, Fine Arts Gallery

As Self Help Graphics & Art enters its 45th Anniversary, we look back on four plus decades of artistic innovation and excellence, organizational resilience, and expanded activity. We also take this time to look forward towards an exciting evolution of Chicana/o and Latinx aesthetics. Founded by Franciscan nun Sister Karen Boccalero and local Chicano artists Carlos Bueno, Antonio Ibañez, and Frank Hernandez inside a garage in East L.A. on Cesar Chavez Avenue, Self Help Graphics & Art has continued to represent the heart of the Chicano Art Movement.

Before major art institutions began exploring community engagement in the arts, Self Help Graphics & Art understood the power of art to affect change in our communities, and that this experience defined how people from diverse backgrounds related to themselves, their creative practices, and each other. Local artists continue to be central to this movement. Side by side, artists and individuals, experienced liberation, cultural pride and storytelling through the act of making art that embodied the path of our ancestors who came before us.

Early on, Self Help Graphics & Art found the democratic values inherent in printmaking--namely accessibility, multiplicity, and collective idea sharing—to be a powerful tool in the evolving Chicana/o Movement and reflective of the traditions of the Mexican and Russian revolutions. After 40 years of creating world-class fine art prints through its renowned studio, printmaking remains the anchor artistic medium of the organization. Self Help Graphics & Art has produced over 1,000 editions including 54 Ateliers projects, and exhibited our work the world over.

Now, almost a half century later, Self Help Graphics & Art continues to nurture emerging Chicana/o and Latinx artists through its world-class printmaking studio, and to maintain the role of the artist as leader both within the organization and community. Self Help Graphics & Art continues on this journey from a position of strength, recognizing that although we have achieved much over the past 45 years, we find ourselves at the beginning of a new chapter. Our work together, including support from our partners and community, will take Self Help Graphics & Art into the future as we celebrate the artist in everyone.

Entre Tinta y Lucha: 45 Years of Self Help Graphics & Art is made possible through a partnership with California State University, Los Angeles, with support from the Fine Arts Gallery.

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ARTISTS

William Acedo, Margaret Alarcon, Judy Baca, Sandow Birk, Chaz Bojorquez, Barbara Carrasco, Yreina Cervantez, Sam Coronado, Alfredo de Batuc, Roberto Delgado, Victoria Delgadillo, Alex Donis, Richard Duardo, Felipe Ehrenberg, Enik One, Luis Genaro Garcia & Lilia Ramirez, Mark Steven Greenfield, Dolores Guerrero-Cruz, Gronk, Miles Hamada,  Wayne Healy, Ester Hernandez, Bernard Stanley Hoyes, Jean LaMarr, Leo Limon, Alma Lopez, Jose Lozano,  El Mac, Dalila Paola Mendez, Willie R. Middlebrook, Delilah Montoya, Malaquias Montoya, Eduardo Oropeza, Raymond Pettibon, Miguel Angel Reyes, Sonia Romero, Favianna Rodriguez, Shizu Saldamando, Teddy Sandoval, Miyo Stevens-Gandara, Joey Terrill, Eloy Torrez, Peter Tovar, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, Vincent Valdez, Linda Vallejo, Lawrence M. Yanez, Ernesto Yerena, Jaime (Germs) Zacarias

PRINT SELECTION COMMITTEE

  • Yreina Cervantez, Artist, Professor, California State University, Northridge
  • Karen Mary Davalos, Professor, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
  • Evonne Gallardo, Former Executive Director, Self Help Graphics & Art, Art Consultant
  • Joel Garcia, Artist, Co-Director, Self Help Graphics & Art
  • Gronk, Artist
  • Colin Gunckel, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
  • Michelle Lopez, Lecturer, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Poli Marichal, Artist
  • Karen Rapp, Art Gallery Director, Loyola Marymount University
  • Tatiana Reinoza, Department of Art History, Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College
  • Linda Vallejo, Artist
  • Sybil Venegas, Curator, Art Historian, Professor
  • Victor Viesca, Associate Professor, California State University, Los Angeles

exhibition & Programs COMMITTEE

  • Betty Avila, Co-Director, Self Help Graphics & Art
  • Joel Garcia, Artist, Co-Director, Self Help Graphics & Art
  • Alexa Kim, Program Coordinator, Self Help Graphics & Art
  • Michelle Lopez, Lecturer, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Kimberly Robertson, Assistant Professor, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Raquel Rojas, Intern, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Imelda Romero, Intern, Self Help Graphics & Art 
  • Victor Viesca, Associate Professor, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Richard Wearn, Full Professor, California State University, Los Angeles

Organizers

  • Betty Avila, Co-Director, Self Help Graphics & Art
  • Joel Garcia, Artist, Co-Director, Self Help Graphics & Art
  • Michelle Lopez, Lecturer, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Victor Viesca, Associate Professor, California State University, Los Angeles

Shizu Saldamando, Cobija, 2008

In The Print Studio, is a series of talks by the artists included in Self Help Graphics & Art's 45th Anniversary Exhibition, Entre Tinta y Lucha, a retrospective of the acclaimed Professional Printmaking Program at SHG. You will hear from the artists' perspectives, their experience in the Professional Printmaking Program and the impact on their career trajectory. The series touches on topics such as the technical side of printmaking, social justice, historical contributions, genders, and identities.

Programming (RSVP OPENS JUNE 1, 2018)

PANELS

In The Print Studio: Exploring Technical Excellence
Thurs. Sept 6, 6-7:15pm

Miyo Stevens (moderator)
Delilah Montoya, Chaz Bojorquez

This panel will explore the process through which artists who specialize in different mediums experiment and learn screen-printing techniques in order to most effectively translate their primary art forms into screen-prints.

**disclaimer - California State University, Los Angeles and SHG reserve the right to cancel any RSVP if we discover duplicate names and emails.

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In The Print Studio: Cultural Significance & Social Justice in Printmaking
Thurs. Sept 13, 6-7:15pm

Favianna Rodriguez (moderator) Linda Vallejo, Malaquias Montoya, Ernesto Yerena, Luis Genaro Garcia

This panel will explore the role of the printmaking studio in increasing access to pre-colonial knowledges and practices, such as Dia de los Muertos, and influencing the role of art in political struggles in Southern California.

**disclaimer - California State University, Los Angeles and SHG reserve the right to cancel any RSVP if we discover duplicate names and emails.

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In The Print Studio: Embracing Identity in Chicana/o & Latinx Art
Thurs. Sept 13, 7:30-8:45pm

Yreina Cervantez, Esther Hernandez

This panel will explore the ways in which artists construct and convey the multiplicity of identities that inform contemporary expressions of Chicana/o and Latinx identities.

**disclaimer - California State University, Los Angeles and SHG reserve the right to cancel any RSVP if we discover duplicate names and emails.

WORKSHOPS

Barrio Mobile Art Studio Workshop
Thurs. Sept 6, 7:30-8:45pm

Participate in printmaking workshops with renowned Boyle Heights-based visual art center Self-Help Graphics & Art. Create your own unique work of art to take home with you and contribute to a community art installation with artist Dewey Tafoya, Co-Director, Joel Garcia and a team of talented printmakers.

 

 

 

 

In The Print Studio: Maestras
Thurs. Sept 27, 6-7:15pm

Victoria Delgadillo (moderator)
Yreina Cervantez, Barbara Carrasco, Dalila Mendez

This panel will explore the experience female printmakers encountered in working in the screen-print studio at Self Help Graphics, and the significant role they played in shaping the program and organization.

**disclaimer - California State University, Los Angeles and SHG reserve the right to cancel any RSVP if we discover duplicate names and emails.

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In The Print Studio: Challenging the Binary-Queerness in Printmaking
Thurs. Sept 27, 7:30-8:45pm

Dalila Mendez (moderator)
Favianna Rodriguez, Alfredo de Batuc, Joey Terrill

This panel will explore the way in which printmakers have used the medium of screen-printing to address and express queer identities and politics through their art.

**disclaimer - California State University, Los Angeles and SHG reserve the right to cancel any RSVP if we discover duplicate names and emails.