Posts in category "arts"

18th Street Pilsen Open Studios showcases more than 80 artists

Prospectus Gallery group exhibit Made in Pilsen IX
The 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios continues Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. It was started in 2003 by a group of local artists who live in, work in or have a strong historical connection to Pilsen. In addition to mural walks, there are guided studio and van tours. See map. Among the artists featured... Read more »

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 24 days 'til Christmas

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 24 days 'til Christmas
I will count down the days ’til Christmas with the Chicanísima Advent calendar. I will post an original photo from December 1st to December 25th designed to lift your spirits for the holiday season. This first photo is from the National Museum of Mexican Art’s Mercado Navideño, Christmas Market, that runs today from 10 a.m.... Read more »

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: August in Chicago

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: August in Chicago
Here is a sampling of a few events happening this month in Chicago’s Latino community. If you haven’t yet seen the play Mojada by Luis Alfaro, this is your last weekend. The play is a reinterpretation of Euripedes’ Medea set in the Pilsen neighborhood. The play ends Sunday at the Victory Gardens Theater. On Sunday,... Read more »
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John Valadez champions Chicano art

John Valadez champions Chicano art
Artist John Valadez explores Chicano culture in his exhibit “Santa Ana Condition” now showing at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Valadez, 62, from Los Angeles, earlier in his career captured low riders to cholos in photographs and translated much of the Chicano identity into paintings. “I identified with the Chicano movement because... Read more »

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: April 2013

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: April 2013
We’re still waiting for spring to arrive in Chicago, but there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house this month. Here is a selection of events that may interest Chicanísima readers. Chicago Latino Film Festival The film festival in its 29th year began April 11 and continues through April 25. There are... Read more »

Frida Kahlo on her death and birth days

Frida Kahlo on her death and birth days
Frida Kahlo has become one of Mexico’s most celebrated artists. This Friday marks the 58th anniversary of her death and last Friday was the 105th anniversary of her birth. When she was alive, her work and life was eclipsed by her famous muralist husband Diego Rivera. Last year I saw an exhibit of Rivera’s work... Read more »
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The Pilsen Picasso: Francisco Mendoza, 1958-2012

The Pilsen Picasso: Francisco Mendoza, 1958-2012
Francisco Mendoza, 53, an artist and a teacher, left his mark in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Every day thousands walk by his murals at the 18th Street Pink Line “L” stop. His mosaic murals grace Orozco Community Academy in Pilsen. Among his many other works is a mural at the YMCA in South Chicago, the neighborhood... Read more »

A Grinch stole computers from Pilsen arts program; help with a Christmas donation

Photo from Pros Arts Studio of former computer lab. A Grinch stole 14 computers from a community arts program in the Pilsen neighborhood last weekend. Now Pros Arts Studios,  a nonprofit that has helped thousands of youth and families in Chicago since 1978, is raising funds so they can purchase new equipment and software. “There... Read more »