Celebrate the Mexican Revolution and 100 years in the Mission during this final night of the Mission Muralismo series, organized by Annice Jacoby, in partnership with Precita Eyes Muralists.
Featured film: Excerpt of the opera Imperial Silence, an ambitious work conceived and directed by John Jota Leanos, in the lineage of Chicano avant-garde work of experimental performance, revitalizing the traditions of Day of the Dead animation, children's stories, radio, newscasts, and mariachi. Act 1 – Los ABC ¡Que Vivan los Muertos! is a short, fun animated primer on war and empires, in the tradition of corridos, the bittersweet epic ballads of Mexico.
Featured talk: Graphic Agitation by Favianna Rodriguez. Rodriguez has been admired as a prolific and participatory contemporary artist. She address the art and politics that influenced Mission artists. Rodriguez is co-editor of Reproduce and Revolt!, a book of contemporary political graphics collected from around the world, and she was named a visionary in the Utne Reader list of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World."
Featured performance: La Contra Pop Evolution is a performance and presentation by Isis Rodriguez, an outstanding Mission artist whose work spans graffiti, cartoons, and masterful responses to European oil painting.
Featured presentation: Annice Jacoby, editor of Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo, (Abrams, 2009) gives a brief closing overview on the legacy of the Mexican Revolution, the revolutionary art of contemporary Mission artists, and the continuing powerful and provocative abundance of Mission street art that is the agency for change and visual inspiration. From Rivera to Rigo, Jacoby will trace the artist provocateur tradition in San Francisco and how the Mexican Revolution leads to Mission Revolution.
Annice Jacoby (author) has produced innovative public art projects incorporating visual arts, literature, theater, and media. She has served as Director of Performing Arts Public Events at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Director of Public Relations at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her work includes launching City of Poets for the San Francisco Public Library; The Roof Is on Fire, No Blood, No Foul, multimedia community performances with youth, police, and national media, in collaboration with the California College of the Arts and the City of Oakland; The Fort Point Project, in collaboration with the United Nations, a multimedia site-specific performance; and Watershed & River of Words, national environmental programs with Poet Laureate Robert Hass.
John Jota Leanos
John Jota Leanos is a social art practitioner who utilizes all and any media to engage in diverse cultural arenas through strategic revealing, tactical disruption, and symbolic wagon burning, His practice includes a range of new media, public art, installation, and performance focusing on the convergence of memory, social space and decolonization. Originally from Pomona, California he identifies as part of the mainly hybrid tribe of Mexitaliano Xicangringo Gueros called "Los Mixtupos" (mixt-up-oz). Leanos' work has been shown at the Sundance 06 Film Festival, the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Leanos is a Creative Capital Foundation Grantee and has been an artist in residence at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Center for Chicano Studies (2006), Carnegie Mellon University in the Center for Arts in Society (2003), and the Headlands Center for the Arts (2007). Leanos is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Practices and Community Arts at the California College of the Arts.
Mr. Perez is one of the leading pop-graphic artists in the burgeoning Mission District in San Francisco. His works reflect on an urban experience, often juxtaposing a wide range of printed elements he finds around town. These found materials then take a character of their own, once they are transformed into a print screen. His works are reminiscent of Andy Warhol, but take Andy's concepts into the 21st century while adding a Chicano twist.
Favianna Rodriguez is a celebrated printmaker and digital artist based in Oakland, California. Using high-contrast colors and vivid figures, her composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Whether her subjects are immigrant day laborers in the U.S., mothers of disappeared women in JuÃ¡rez, Mexico, or her own abstract self portraits, Rodriguez brings new audiences into the art world by refocusing the cultural lens. Through her work we witness the changing U.S. metropolis and a new diaspora in the arts.
Hailed as "visionary" and "ubiquitous," Rodriguez is renown for her vibrant posters dealing with issues such as war, immigration, globalization, and social movements. By creating lasting popular symbols - where each work is the multiplicand and its location the multiplier - her work interposes private and public space, as the art viewer becomes the participant carrying art beyond the borders of the museum.
Rodriguez has lectured widely on the use of art in civic engagement and the work of artists who, like herself, are bridging the community and museum, the local and international. Rodriguez's has worked closely with artists in Mexico, Europe, and Japan, and her works appear in collections at Bellas Artes (Mexico City), The Glasgow Print Studio (Glasgow, Scotland), and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles).
Rodriguez has exhibited at Museo del Barrio (New York); de Young Museum (San Francisco); Mexican Fine Arts Center (Chicago); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco); Sol Gallery (Providence, RI); Huntington Museum and GalerÃa Sin Fronteras (Austin, TX); and internationally at the House of Love & Dissent (Rome), Parco Museum (Tokyo), as well as in England, Belgium, and Mexico. She was a 2005 artist-in-residence at San Francisco's prestigious de Young Museum, a 2007-2008 artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA), and received a 2006 Sea Change Residency from the Gaea Foundation (Provincetown, MA). Rodriguez is recipient of a 2005 award from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.
As a teacher, Rodriguez has conducted workshops and presentations at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), El Faro de Oriente (Mexico), de Young Museum (San Francisco), the Habana Hip Hop Festival (Habana, Cuba), as well as Williams College and The Commonwealth Club. In 2003, she co-founded the Taller Tupac Amaru printing studio to foster resurgence in the screenprinting medium. She is co-founder of the EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA) and Visual Element, both programs dedicated to training young artists in the tradition of muralism. She is additionally co-founder and president of Tumis Inc., a bilingual design studio helping to integrate art with emerging technologies.
Rodriguez is co-editor of Reproduce and Revolt! with internationally renowned stencil artist and art critic Josh MacPhee (Soft Skull Press, 2008). An unprecedented contribution to the Creative Commons, the 200-page book contains more than 600 bold, high-quality black and white illustrations for royalty-free creative use. Her artwork also appears in The Design of Dissent (Rockport Publishers, 2006), Peace Signs: The Anti-War Movement Illustrated (Edition Olms, 2004), and The Triumph of Our Communities: Four Decades of Mexican Art (Bilingual Review Press, 2005).
Isis Rodriguez is a second generation Mid-Western Latina who grew up in Topeka, Kansas and received her first lessons in art from copying Hannah-Barbera cartoons by hand. She attended the University of Kansas where she received her BFA in Painting in 1988.
Two years later, she moved to San Francisco to pursue her cartoon inspired artwork using various art forms: murals, paintings, silk screens, graffiti, flyers, and posters. Isis worked on murals for the Clarion Alley Mural Project in San Francisco from 1993 to 2002 and as a result, she emerged as one of the artists from an ad hoc artistic movement known as "The Mission school", that included painters like Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Rigo, Carolyn Castano, and Aarron Noble.
Since then, she has had numerous art exhibits throughout California, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Art, and The McPherson Center in Santa Cruz, to name a few. Her artwork has been critiqued and published in several books, such as Judy Chicago and Edward Lucie Smith's "Women and Art: Contested Territory", "Vicious, Delicious, and Ambitious: 20th Century Women Artists" and magazines such as LowRider Arte, Aztlan, Punk Planet, Juxtapoz and Mix Magazine.
In 2003, Isis completed her first public art commission of designing cartoon mosaics for "Parque Ninos Unidos" at 23rd and Treat, San Francisco and received the Norcal Sanitary Fill Artist in Residency Program, San Francisco.
Currently, Isis is working on an animation short entitled "The Re Awakening" funded by the Individual Arts Commission Grant.