State of the Art: Your Weekly Guide to LA’s Latino Art Openings

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State of The Art is Remezcla’s weekly guide to Latin art openings in your city each week. Mingle with art admirers, collectors and casual passersby to check out these new works. And don’t forget to grab a free glass of wine…or three.

Chicano Muralists in Southern California, 1968-1985 – Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art

In the history of mural paintings, Chicano artists play a huge role. Taking over walls in the city, they created – and continue to create – visually awesome, socially aware works that contribute to the beauty of public art and select, lucky neighborhoods. Photographer Elliot Barkan documented important works from the 1960s and now those snapshots will appear in a show entitled “Chicano Muralists in Southern California, 1968-1985: The First Generation of a Cultural Revolution – Through the Camera of Elliott Robert Barkan.” Head to the opening reception Saturday, February 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. to check out legendary works by muralists like Judith Baca, Gronk and more.

Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art
Cal State University San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 537-7373




Alejandro Cartagena: Carpoolers – Kopeikin Gallery

Oftentimes the camera can capture moments or scenes our eyes just pass over. Alejandro Cartagena puts his camera to exactly that use, catching passing trucks with workers sitting or lying in their truck beds. The Mexico-based photographer takes his camera to a point high above the road and catches these workers in various positions with an assortment of objects – sometimes even blankets to keep warm during the ride to work. Besides visually stunning, the photos bring awareness about Mexican workers and their conditions. The show opens Saturday, February 23 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kopeikin Gallery
2766 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90034
(310) 559-0800


Truth in Interactive Storytelling: An Evening with Artist-Writer Phoebe Gloeckner – University of Southern California

Comic book writer and artist Phoebe Gloeckner takes a different approach to the problem of murders of women in Ciudad Juarez – art. The well-known artist received a Guggenheim fellowship to complete a project on that topic and on February 19 at 7 PM, she brings part of that project to USC’s campus. During the free event, you can witness parts of her creation which include models of parts of Ciudad Juarez – like prisons, crime scenes – with digitally created dolls. The fascinating work proves artists can make politically conscious works – and awesome ones, at that. Head to the event to discover Gloeckner’s creativity and the power of art. Reception to follow.

USC University Park Campus
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall
Doheny Memorial Library 240