Spoken/Unspoken: Forms of Resistance, Opening Reception February 8, 5:00—7:00p.m., Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, UC Santa Cruz

September 20, 2017

By , Director/Curator of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery 

© Self Help Graphics, Kimberly Robertson, Slay, 2017

The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UC Santa Cruz presents: 

Spoken/Unspoken: Forms of Resistance
February 8 - March 17, 2018
curated by Shelby Graham and UCSC students

This exhibition highlights a collection of artists and activists engaged with forms of resistance. Contributing artists include: Self Help Graphics, Ruth-Marion Baruch, Laura Kina, the Guerrilla Girls, Hung Liu, Yolanda Lopez, Yoko Ono, Jo Hanson, and others.

Free Public Events:

February 8, 5:00—7:00 p.m. with remarks at 6 p.m.
at Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
with visiting curators Betty Avila and Alexa Kim from Self Help Graphics
Public Lecture: Art Transforms Communities
Friday, February 9, 5:30—7:00 p.m.
at the Museum of Art & History (705 Front Street, Santa Cruz)
with visiting curators Betty Avila and Alexa Kim from Self Help Graphics

Description of Speakers:

Founded in 1970 in the heart of East Los Angeles,  Self Help Graphics is dedicated to the production, interpretation, and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicano/a and Latino/a artists.  It’s multi-disciplinary programs promote artistic excellence and empower community by providing access to space, tools, training, and capital. 

Betty Avila’s work has centered on the intersection of the arts and social justice, with particular focus on community building, public space, and youth empowerment. She has served as a research assistant and outreach specialist at the Getty Research Institute, as assistant program manager at The Music Center, and as community relations manager at the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park. Ms. Avila is also a founding board member and past president of Multicultural Communities for Mobility, an organization that supports low-income cyclists, pedestrians and public transit users of color through advocacy and education. In 2015, Ms. Avila joined the Self Help Graphics and Art leadership team in 2015, where she serves as associate director. This organization has a 44-year nationally-recognized artistic legacy of empowering the Chicano and Latino communities of Los Angeles through the arts. Ms. Avila was named one of C-Suite Quarterly Magazine’s 2016 NextGen 10 in Philanthropy, Arts and Culture and an Impact-Maker to Watch by City Impact Labs in 2017. She received her B.A. in Literature at Pitzer College, has an M.A. in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University, and is a 2008 Fulbright Fellow to Korea.

Alexa Kim is Program Assistant and Community Outreach Coordinator at Self Help Graphics and Art. Ms. Kim develops and coordinates the volunteer program which makes possible cultural programs such as Dia de los Muertos and the Annual Print Fair & Exhibition. Ms. Kim holds degrees in Art History and Sociology from Kalamazoo College and has held curatorial internships at Muckenthaler Cultural Center and the Japanese American National Museum. She was appraisal intern at the Yochim Arts consultation firm in Venice, California and worked in public relations at Barthelmes Display and Decoration in Germany. In addition to these positions, Ms. Kim has also organized community outreach workshops in Kalamazoo, Michigan such as “Partners in Art – Ministry with Community” in 2011 and “Partners in Art – Paint the Plate: Storytelling for Social Justice” in 2013. 

This event is co-sponsored by the History of Art and Visual Culture department and Chicano Latino Research Center.