Sesnon Speak Up: "Chicanx" Visual Aesthetics
Guest artists Amy Díaz-Infante and Angelica Muro share perspectives from their practices as artists and educators on the future of Chicano art and identity. What does a "Chicanx" or post-Chicano visual language look like?
Amy Díaz-Infante is a visual artist living and working in San Francisco. Díaz-Infante is a full-time faculty member in Printmaking, Drawing, and Design at the City College of San Francisco. She holds a BA in Art from Yale University, an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Collegiate Teaching Certificate from Brown University. She has exhibited nationally and within México and is an alumna of the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Community engagement has been a key component of her arts practice; and as an educator and administrator, she has been active in the fields of youth arts and youth leadership development.
Angelica Muro holds an MFA degree from Mills College and a BA in Photography from San Jose State University. Recent exhibitions include Photo ID, Santa Cruz Museum of Art; Chico & Chang: A Look at the Impact of Latino and Asian Cultures on California's Visual Landscape, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Chica\Chic: La Nueva Onda/The New Wave of Chicana Art, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA; You’re Breathing in It: Exploring the Studio and Alternative Art Strategies, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA; Domestic Disobedience, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, CA; Better to Die on My Feet, Self-Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA; and FiveXFive: Artist, Writers & Social Justice, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX. She is the recipient of the Herringer Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Art, the Trefethen Merit Award, and the Champion of the Arts Award, Arts Council for Monterey County. Muro’s curatorial projects have been awarded grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation through the Creative Capacity Fund, the James Irvine Foundation for Intersections: Adobe Youth Voices, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Robert and Florence Slinger Fund, Community Foundation for Monterey County, and the Walter and Elise Creative Work Fund. These projects include Public Space, Space 47 Projects, Chafismo: New Artforms of Art Post-Raquachismo, and Yo Soy Chinatown/I Am Chinatown: Cultural Revitalization and Urban Public Space. Muro is Principal and co-founder of Public Space/Chinatown, Director of the Visual and Public Art Gallery @ CSUMB, and Chair and Associate Professor of Integrated Media and Photography in the Visual and Public Art Department at California State University, Monterey Bay. Muro teaches photography, media analysis courses, and community engaged practices.
The Sesnon Speak Up Series aims to provide a safe space for students and the UC Santa Cruz community to engage with critical ideas generated from our programmed exhibitions. This event is scheduled in conjunction with the virtual exhibition, Eduardo Carrillo: Comunidad de Califas.
Eduardo Carrillo: Comunidad de Califas anthologizes the life-work of the titular artist through his personal manifestations of “Califas”– in identity, spirituality, and community. Califas is a branch of the Chicanx movement that centers Californian Latinx culture and struggle in its educational mission. In the current age, we seek a type of beauty that reflects our neighbors and our towns. We seek strength in togetherness, a notion that Eduardo Carrillo emulated in his art and during the conception of Califas. What can ancestry and tradition teach us about resilience in the face of oppression?