Ancestral Lights, Self Help Graphics & Art’s Annual
Día de los Muertos Exhibition


Curated by Melanie Cervantes and Marvella Muro

Our Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition, Ancestral Lights,

will be on view Thursday, October 10, 2019 - Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 10th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Artists include:
Melanie Cervantes
Natalia Anciso
John Jairo Valencia
Juan R. Fuentes
Kalli Arte
Roberto Benavidez
Wakana Kimura
Maria Ramos
Adrienne DeVine
Mi Estori
Ezria Torres
Youth Committee
Zeal Harris
Altar for Carlos Zaragoza organized by his sister, Annette Zaragoza-Bilow
Alfredo Calderón
Yreina Cervantes
SOY Artista Virtual Reality Video Art in partnership with TechnoLatinx -to be featured on November 2nd Community
Boyle Heights Community Altar led by Ni Santas - will be featured on November 2nd


Senator Maria Elena Durazo 
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago 
Supervisor Hilda Solis 
Council District . 14
National Endowment for the Arts
Department of Cultural Affairs
Bank of America
Union Pacific Railroad
Oscar Health 
So Cal Edison 
Boyle Heights Community Market 


Past Exhibitions

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Black, Brown, and Beige

Curated by Curated by Nery Gabriel Lemus and
Jimmy O’Balles of Subir Arts Collective

Artwork by Roberto "Tito" Delgado,
Study for Banya Marimba (Mothers of Songs), 2019

Exhibition On view august 17, 2019 - September 27, 2019

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In 1943 Duke Ellington performed the symphony Black, Brown, and Beige at Carnegie Hall for the first time, describing it as “a parallel to the history of the American Negro”. The symphony’s title referred to the mistaken assertion that African-Americans can be categorized by a single color. However, the title contends that the experience was broad in spectrum. 

Similarly, Latinos experience colorism and racist generalizations as African-Americans, evidenced by the various accounts of racial profiling by law enforcement and the media. Unfortunately the vast diversity in appearance within Latinos and African-Americans, as a result of various diasporas, falls behind the blanket of prejudice. As Ellington indicated, our variety in appearance perhaps will lead us to distinct experiences, but that does not negate that we still fall under the same umbrella.

In light of the shared experiences between both cultures and in an effort to highlight the complex stories that lie behind a label, the Black, Brown, and Beige exhibition brings forth artists whose work parallel the trajectory that Ellington’s symphony set out to cover; historical, transitional, and contemporary narratives, interweaving these intersections and interconnections guided by the beat of Ellington’s defying composition.  

Black, Brown, and Beige is curated by Nery Gabriel Lemus and Jimmy O’Balles of Suvir Arts Collective. Artists include Mario Ybarra Jr., Ken Gonzales-Day, Oscar Magallanes, Roberto “Tito” Delgado, John Valadez, Eric Almanza, Areli Arellano, Margaret Garcia, Poli Marichal, Lili Bernard, Dalila Paola Mendez, Adrienne Wade, Todd Gray, Umar Rashid, Sam Pace, Mark Steven Greenfield, Edgar Arceneaux, Wendell Wiggins, April Bey, Adrienne DeVine, Toni Scott, Holly Tempo, Richard Duardo and Loren Holland.

Black, Brown and Beige is a free exhibition at the SHG Gallery. ***New SHG Gallery hours.*** The SHG Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekends during select public programming only. The SHG Gallery is open Mondays by appointment only. To request a group tour, please contact us.




Curated by Miyo Stevens-Gandara
Artwork by Poli Marichal, Utopia (detail), 2019


Utopia/ Dystopia is a portfolio of fine art prints created in the form of a deck of 52 playing cards. Curated by Artist and Printmaker, Miyo Stevens-Gandara, twenty-six artists were invited to create two cards for the deck to create their interpretation of utopia and dystopia. The deck of cards allows the project to bring many different artists and styles together creating one unified artwork- a full deck, redefining a traditional portfolio. The concept of a deck of cards is intended to reference many things- games of chance, luck, fortune, war, solitude, precarious situations (house of cards), magic, empire, and divination. It serves as a container for many ideas, and each artist has chosen their own direction.

Artists include Pavel Acevedo, Kay Brown, Ada Pullini Brown, Leslie Dolin, Usen Gandara, Miyo Stevens-Gandara (Curator), Luis Genaro Garcia, J. Leigh Garcia, Margaret Griffith, Rogelio Gutierrez, Phung Huynh, Dongeun Lee, Kelvin Lopez, Rosalie Lopez, Sandra Low, Poli Marichal, Álvaro D. Márquez, Dalila Mendez, Wayne Perry, Sandy Rodriguez, Victor Rosas, Marianne Sadowski, Dewey Tafoya, Alex Fridrich-Ward, Christian Salcedo Ward and Andi Xoch.



Weaving our Legacies Thru Prayer

Curated by Mujeres de Maiz
Artwork by Lilia Ramirez

EXHIBITION ON VIEW March 9, 2019 THROUGH April 5, 2019

Weaving our Legacies Thru Prayer is an art exhibition by SHG Artists in Residence, Mujeres de Maiz. The exhibit features womxn, femmes, and GNC’s of color who use prayer to set intentions, send positivity and gratitude. This year's theme represents ties that people make to one another and to paths of healing and self-love. As womxn of the earth connected to spiritual powers, we set prayers through affirmations for self-respect and health, through healing friendships that we foster, through mandos we make to ánimas and santos, through dedication to family, and through the multiplicity of borders we cross and inhabit.

The exhibition features works by artists Adriana Arriaga, Alma Lopez, Amarise Carreras, Andrea Ramirez, Celina Jacques, Clara Ligia Chavez Vazquez, Claudia Mercado, Cuca Rivera, Emilia Cruz, Emilia Garcia, Eva Lopez, Jeaneen Carlino, Lara Medina, Lilia Ramirez, Linda Vallejo, Margaret Alarcon, Mayahuel Rosado, Megan Pennings, Monica ‘Moni’ Perez , Nayeli Guzman, Rafa Tarin , Tashina Emery, and Yolanda Gonzalez.


Infinite Light

Self Help Graphics is pleased to present #InfiniteLight, an exhibition co-curated by Juan Escobedo and Miyo Stevens-Gandara, on view at the SHG Gallery through January 15, 2018.

This group exhibition features photographic works by...
Juan Escobedo
Miyo Stevens-Gandara
Rafael Cardenas
Dalila Paola Mendez
• Cesar Tiznado
• Jennifer Gutierrez-Morgan
Star Montana

The works selected bring to light the individuals, communities, landscapes, and objects that are often overlooked by mainstream media and in daily life.