Upcoming Exhibitions

The Califas Legacy Project: The Ancestral Journey/El Viaje Ancestral

January 8, 2020 – April 11, 2021

The Califas Legacy Project is a multi-year, multi-medium, collaborative endeavor launched by Museo Eduardo Carrillo in Santa Cruz to document the legacy of our region’s Chicano/a cultural treasures. The project found its roots in a 1982 UC Santa Cruz conference organized by the late Eduardo Carrillo, Juventino Esparza, Tomas Ybarra Frausto and Philip Brookman, which brought together innovative Chicano artists, intellectuals and visionaries, titled “Califas: Chicano art and culture in California.”

Central to this multi-dimensional project, Museo Eduardo Carrillo invited the artists Guillermo (Yermo) Aranda, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Ralph D’Oliveira, and Carmen León to collaborate with Felicia Rice of Moving Parts Press in the creation of a remarkable hand-printed accordion book – or moveable mural – that intertwines the Mexican-American, Chican/a/x, Peruvian, and Indigenous heritages of five Central Coast artists, with a shadowbox assemblage cover by Amalia Mesa-Baines.

The resulting Califas Legacy Project moveable mural will be the centerpiece of an exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art (January 8 – April 11, 2021), that will be accompanied by artworks from the individual contributing artists (plus Eduardo Carrillo posthumously), each being paired in a generational dialogue with artworks by a new generation of LatinX / ChicanX artists – including Victor Cervantez and Irene O’Connell, Amy Diaz Infante, Armando Franco, Anjelica Muro and Jaime Sanchez. Concurrently, a selection of other Moving Parts Press artists’ books created by Felicia Rice will be featured in the Museum’s FLUX Gallery. The Monterey exhibition is a collaboration between Museum Eduardo Carrillo (https://museoeduardocarrillo.org/), Monterey Museum of Art, and Moving Parts Press (https://movingpartspress.com/publications/califas).

Accompanying the show will be a free trade edition replica accordion-book with an essay by Gabriela Rodriguez-Gomez that will be distributed at no charge to libraries, schools, universities and colleges and other cultural and social service agencies in our region. In addition, a parallel exhibition featuring the artists Amalia Mesa-Bains, Eduardo Carrillo, Carmen León, Ralph D’Oliveira and Yermo Aranda will be mounted at the Santa Cruz Art League (https://scal.org/), and a monographic digital exhibition of the work of Eduardo Carrillo, curated by Shelby Graham, will be showing at the Sesnon Gallery at UC, Santa Cruz (https://art.ucsc.edu/sesnon). Museo Eduardo Carrillo will also provide exhibitions at their online gallery and Google cultural institute partner for visitors observing social distancing.

Image: CALIFAS: The Ancestral Journey / El Viaje Ancestral, 2020. Photo: r.r. jones / © 2020 Moving Parts Press and Museo Eduardo Carrillo.

**This exhibition is subject to alter based on COVID-19 safety precautions**