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  • Current exhibition: Mi Barrio Es Tu Barrio, on view through August 3
  • Studio 24 Presents: Pocho Adventure Club
  • Digital Mural Project: Future Flags of America Project - Study for 2050 U.S. Flag
  • Next exhibition: TRACES
  • In and around Galería: Still Here, Acción Latina contest, Los Panchos live
New works by Victor De La Rosa
On view through Saturday, August 3
Mi Barrio Es Tu Barrio, featuring new works by Victor De La Rosa, explores the intersection of technology, art, and design through life-sized textile works that illustrate the diversity and change of Mission District inhabitants in San Francisco. Stories of Mission District residents, merchants, and visitors were gathered from interviews conducted in early 2013 from which De La Rosa chose subjects for his pieces; the life-size portraits were created by using computer-interfaced weaving and printing technology.
The traditional Mexican zarape textile is used as a recurring theme throughout the exhibition, utilizing resources such as jacquard power looms, digital fabric printers, and laser cutters to create portraits of the diverse subjects that make up the Mission District today. This re-contextualization of the zarape as a Mexican icon reflects the cultural mash-up that is present in the Mission District today and the multicultural experience across the nation.
Pocho Adventure Club, works by Rio Yañez
Now through September 13
Morrissey karaoke & storytelling night
Saturday, August 3 @ 7pm
Galería de la Raza is pleased to continue with Studio 24 Presents, a series of window installations and displays by local artists to be featured at our new administrative offices. For the second exhibition of the series, artist Rio Yañez debuts Pocho Adventure Club, featuring window installations and illustrations, public programs, and prints for sale.
Join in for the first event of the Pocho Adventure Club with a Morrissey karaoke and storytelling night on Saturday, August 3, in conjunction with the August Mission And Performance Project (MAPP) night. Bring your best Morrissey and Smiths stories, and partake in a Morrissey karaoke party after.
About the artist: “My primary interest, as an artist, is in combining icons and mythologies. As a child growing up Chicano, I was often frustrated that Chicano art and iconography rarely intersected with my personal mythologies of comic books, pro-wrestling, music, and Godzilla movies. My images bring together my heroes, friends, and childhood fantasies with Chicano aesthetics, traditional images, and politics. They are a fulfillment of my childhood yearnings and an exploration of my relationship to the worlds I walk between.”
Future Flags of America Project: Study for 2050 U.S. Flag
by Victor De La Rosa
In conjunction with current exhibition Mi Barrio Es Tu Barrio
Galería is proud to present the current installment of the billboard on the side of the gallery on Bryant and 24th Street, Future Flags of America Project: Study for 2050 U.S. Flag. A re-imagined version of Old Glory, De La Rosa’s flag comments on changing demographics in the United States regarding nationality, identity, and vision, this new billboard by artist Victor De La Rosa is complete with custom made fringe and textiles within the billboard and on its borders.
Constructed and presented in a mid-process manner, the techniques used raise questions of whether the flag is being constructed or dismantled.  As De La Rosa explains, “Is it possible to look at our past and our future at the same time? It can be startling or disturbing to do so – but if we consider incremental change in hindsight, the inevitable is not so surprising... it can seem predestined. One by one, human birth has shaped our world and defined time; ignoring manmade borders as it continually redefines nationality. Inspired by and utilizing U.S. Census and other demographic information, I propose this study of the flag that explores and represents the future of our nation as it changes in population. It speaks to an eventuality of change.”
Scale specifications for Study for 2050 U.S Flag are also based on research of Title 4 of the United States Code, which dictates the size and ratio of star to star-field and stripe-field of the flag. 
An exhibition exploring the use of indigenous ideologies and contemporary artistic practices in Mexico
Opening reception Friday, August 9 @ 7pm
Galería de la Raza is pleased to present TRACES, an exhibition featuring the work of five Mexican artists exhibiting for the first time in the United State who interweave indigenous ideology into their contemporary artistic practice utilizing various media, such as textile, collage, sound-based installation, and performance. Each artist uses a distinct visual language to articulate identities informed by a rich cultural ancestry, drawing upon the past to develop a layered understanding of present day place, space, and culture.
Through investigation, collaboration, and experimentation, all five artists produced a body of work illustrating the persistence of pre-colonial heritage in spite of colonization and globalization and draw on concepts such as indigenous autonomy, religious cosmovision, and ceremony. While some of the pieces pay homage to these pre-colonial practices, others present hybrid identities and new cultural myths. Programming for TRACES is funded in part by the National Association of Latino Art and Culture’s Transcultural Remittance Grant and is being presented in collaboration with the Wixárika Research Center of Berkeley, California.
Galería also seeks individuals with experience in verbally interpreting for public programs associated with TRACES. English-Spanish interpreters are needed for two public programs: a workshop with visiting Huichol artisans on Sunday, August 11, from 1-3 pm, and a panel discussion with artists featured in 'TRACES' on Saturday, September 28, from 2-4 pm. Previous experience is appreciated, though we welcome first time interpreters fluent in both languages. Galería de la Raza is happy to provide Project 20 volunteer hours in exchange for your time. Please email info@galeriadelaraza.org for more information.
Events and announcements from the Mission
Still Here encore performance
Tuesday, July 30 at The Garage
Galería de la Raza and the Queer Cultural Center are pleased to present an encore performance of Still Here, which made its debut at the National Queer Arts Festival last month. Still Here was conceptualized and orchestrated by Galería's ReGen Artist Fund grantees Cristina Mitra and Natalia Vigil. This coming-of-age, two-day performance project explores the complexities of growing up by posing questions of how one defines identity, love, family, loss, and coming out in a global gay mecca. Still Here showcases new work by artists raised in San Francisco during the 80s, 90s, and present that delves into these never-explored questions.

Acción Latina photography contest
Submissions due Friday, July 31
What does Latino/a life in the Bay look like? Acción Latina is looking for amazing images of what that life means to you – whether it be food, art, families, celebrations and traditions, protests and struggles, people, self-identity, or politics. Photographs that capture moments, that are controversial and turbulent, carefree and joyful, all that makes the quilt of what Latino/a life in the Bay Area represents.
Trio Los Panchos live at Brava Theater
Thursday-Saturday, August 1-3
Brava Theater is excited to announce the return of Trio Los Panchos in a benefit for Brava Theater. Recipients of a 2005 proclamation from the City of San Francisco for their cultural contribution, Los Panchos have enthralled audiences around the world with their seductive vocals and classic repertoire. Los Panchos are: Gabriel Vargas Aguilar, Taurino Vargas Aguilar, and Jamie Islas Miranda. All proceeds directly benefit Brava Theater.

Galería programs are made possible by the generous support of:
The California Arts Council, a state agency; Grants For the Arts - San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture - NALAC Fund for the Arts/Nescafé Clásico; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; San Francisco Arts Commission; San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The James Irvine Foundation; The San Francisco Foundation; the Zellerbach Family Foundation; and Galería members.
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