It is impossible to narrow Latinx art to a single aesthetic. Artists today are pushing the boundaries of their medium and subject matter, amplifying the stories of those previously overlooked. Here is your art guide for Latinx art on view in the San Francisco Bay Area, from photography to neon art.
“Martine Gutierrez: Half-Breed”
Through January 29
Acting as both subject and photographer, Martine Gutierrez explores the complexity of identity as a Latinx artist of indigenous descent in a series of pop-influenced scenes. Her solo exhibition includes selections from three recent photographic series. One piece is the critically acclaimed “Indigenous Woman,” a 124-page art magazine replete with fashion spreads, advertisements, and an editor’s letter dedicated to “the celebration of Mayan Indian heritage, the navigation of contemporary indigeneity and the ever-evolving self-image.”
“Beyond The Diaspora”
Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
Through March 13, 2022
“Beyond The Diaspora” showcases artwork, we actively consume without realizing its connection to African culture. The group exhibition features 9 local Bay Area artists working in visual and performance art to visualize narratives and aesthetics of the African diaspora in Latinx culture.
“La Luz Entre Nosotros / The Light Between Us”
Gallery Wendi Norris
Through March 20, 2022
Artist Julio César Morales utilizes the front windows of Gallery Wendi Norris as a public art space for an accidental audience who may not typically visit a gallery. “La Luz Entre Nosotros/The Light Between Us” responds to a dream at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bilingual neon art installation alludes to the physical measures that have separated us since March of 2020 and the emotional forces that continue to bind us together.
“Borderless: Artist’s Books by Enrique Chagoya”
Legion of Honor
Through March 6, 2022
Enrique Chagoya has been creating wildly imaginative artist’s books for nearly thirty years, most of them based on Mayan, Mixtec-Zapotec, and Aztec Codice models. Borderless features works that juxtapose the Mesoamerican Codice tradition with politically charged and often humorous collages to address the legacy of colonialism.
“Our Whole, Unruly Selves”
San Jose Museum of Art
Through June 26, 2022
While not exclusively a Latinx art exhibition, “Our Whole, Unruly Selves” includes artists that identify as queer, Black, undocumented, Brown, and immigrant. From the 1960s to the present, the artists on view interrupt traditional portraiture and respond to the nuanced experiences of existing within a specific body. This includes photographs from Laura Aguilar’s “Motion” and “Stillness” series–black-and-white poetic portraits that fuse her body with the American Southwest landscape.
“Pan American Unity: A Mural by Diego Rivera”
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Through Summer 2023
Diego Rivera’s “The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and South on the Continent,” more commonly known as “Pan American Unity,” is on display for an extended period at SFMOMA’s free-to-the-public Roberts Family Gallery. Hailed as one of the greatest works of public art in San Francisco, the 60,000-pound, 74 foot-wide mural depicts working-class solidarity interwoven with an eclectic mix of South and North American historical references and symbolism.