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UPDATE! Califas: The Ancestral Journey/El Viaje Ancestral

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries joins a host of local arts organizations in the Califas Legacy Project, an online retrospective of Califas Legacy artists with video vignettes and the book, Califas The Ancestral Journey/ El Viaje Ancestral. Starting January 8 and remaining through April, Califas: The Ancestral Journey/El Viaje Ancestral Series of banners will be displayed in street facing windows at the corner of Locust and Center streets.

Copies of the book will also be displayed and made available throughout the community through county Libraries. Additional virtual programs are in the works- so keep checking the calendar. Visit Museo Eduardo Carrillo for more information.

Partners include:

  • Monterey Museum of Art
  • Museo Eduardo Carrillo
  • Santa Cruz Art League
  • Santa Cruz Public Libraries
  • Watsonville Public Library
  • UCSC Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
  • UCSC Institute of Arts and Sciences and UCSC Library Special Collections & Archives, with Moving Parts Press

UPDATE: A series of short videos about the project are available on our Youtube Page. Videos cover various artist, an overview of the project, and the history of Chinao and Latino artists on the Central Coast.

The Califas Legacy Project has unified the Monterey Bay Crescent through public retrospective and multi-generational exhibitions, zoomed in opportunities, streetside art viewing, portable murals, documentary videos, panel discussions, and a Latinx-based symposium.

The Califas Legacy Project grew out of the recognition that our region represents an opportunity to fill in a missing piece of American art history. The story of Chicano/a art on the Central Coast is decades long, rich and varied.

In 1982, Professor Eduardo Carrillo conceived of the "Califas: Chicano Art and Culture in California" conference to bring together artists, scholars, and creative social instigators to take stock of La Raza y El Movimiendo after several decades of political awakening and action. Together with Philip Brookman, Tomas Ybarra Frausto, and Juventino Esparza, he assembled a remarkable group for a multi-day symposium. They argued and agreed that the Chicano movement in all its variety and manifestations was very much alive and needed continued nurturance.

Now, almost forty years later, the Califas Legacy Project features the art and ideas of our region's Chicano/a/x and Latinx creative leaders, our elders in the movement and the next generation artists across the Monterey Bay Crescent.


The Golden Hour with Wallace Baine on KSQD 90.7 FM

February 4th, at 6 PM on KSQD 90.7 FM or Stream Online 

Listen in this Thursday to the show featuring a terrific interview with Felicia Rice about the Califas Legacy Project and it’s many facets and cherished collaborators

Monterey Museum of Art
TITLE:The Califas Legacy Project: The Ancestral Journey/El Viaje Ancestral 
DATES: January 8 - April 11, 2021

UPDATE! Museo Eduardo Carrillo & Santa Cruz Art League

TITLE: The Califas Legacy Project (online retrospective of Califas Legacy artists with video vignettes and the book, Califas The Ancestral Journey/ El Viaje Ancestral)
DATES: January 16th, 2021 ongoing. Online Califas Legacy Project exhibitions launch March 5th on Museo Eduardo Carrillo and Santa Cruz Art League websites. Links Coming Soon!

Virtual reception and panel discussion hosted by SCAL  Califas Artist Conversation on Friday, March 5, 6:30pm-7:30pm. It will take place on Zoom and it will be Live Streamed. 

GCI exhibitions will launch on sequential Tuesdays in March beginning March 9th, 2021.

ADDRESS: and the Google Cultural Institute
CONTACT: Betsy Andersen

Santa Cruz Public Libraries
TITLE: Califas: The Ancestral Journey/El Viaje Ancestral (Series of banners displayed in street facing windows with the book displayed inside)
DATES: January 8, 2021 ongoing
ADDRESS: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (located att corner of Locust and Center)
Contact: Diane Cowen and Susan Nilsson
Book Distribution: Several trade copies of the book will be made available to students, teachers, and young writers. Hablamos Juntos Creating Bridges: Personal Journeys into Art and Writing is an 8-10 week unit curriculum using contemporary Latinx art to inform Personal Narratives for middle and high school students, developed by Museo Eduardo Carrillo in collaboration with the Young Writers’ Program. The curriculum is free for download. If you are a teacher or writing instructor you may request a copy of the book by emailing the contacts above while supplies last.

Watsonville Public Library
TITLE: Califas: The Ancestral Journey/El Viaje Ancestral (Series of banners displayed in outward facing windows in the City Hall rotunda with the book displayed inside)
DATES: January 8, 2021 ongoing
ADDRESS: 275 Main St, Watsonville, CA 95076
CONTACT: Alicia Martinez
Programming TBA

Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, UCSC
TITLE: Eduardo Carrillo: Comunidad de Califas (Virtual exhibition of Eduardo Carrillo monographic retrospective)
DATES: February 3 - April 3, 2021
ZOOM RECEPTION: February 3, 2020 @ 4:00-5:00pm (Tour of the virtual exhibition hub, website, and a panel discussion)
Register Here!
CONTACT: Shelby Graham and Louise Leong
More programming will be presented throughout the exhibition on Sesnon website

Institute of Arts and Sciences, UCSC and Special Collections & Archives, UCSC with Moving Parts Press
TITLE: Rising From the Ashes: The Artistry and Perseverance of Moving Parts Press (panel moderated by Rachel Nelson, Director, Institute of Arts and Sciences, UCSC, sponsored by UCSC Special Collections and Institute for Arts and Science featuring Felicia Rice)
DATES: January 28, 2020 @ 5-6:30pm
CONTACT: Teresa Mora and Felicia Rice

Brief description of the event:
In June 2020, book artist Felicia Rice completed her most recent piece, The Necropolitics of Extraction. Two months later the book, along with Rice's studio, was destroyed by the wildfires that ravaged the Santa Cruz Mountains. The only extant copies of the work are those that had already found homes in various institutions across the country. Despite this massive loss Rice's work continues as Moving Parts Press works to rise through the ashes.

Rice's work has always hinged on collaboration and community in order to explore and comment on some of the most tangled issues of our time, from questions surrounding identity to the sustainability of our planet. This event invites a number of her closest collaborators, including UCSC Arts Faculty, T.J. Demos and Jennifer González to join Rice in conversation about her work, the process of collaboration and the impact of the medium of artists' books.

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Posted by cowend on Jan. 27, 2021 at 7:54 a.m.


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