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To Tame a Wild Tongue: Art after Chicanismo.


July 16, 2020
November 19, 2020
Yolanda López, Portrait of the Artist as the Virgin of Guadalupe, 1978.
Oil pastel on rag paper, 30 x 22 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

This will be the first solo museum presentation of one of the most important Chicano/a/x artists working in California over the past five decades. The exhibition will present a compendium of Yolanda López’s work from the 1970s and early 80s, when she created a vivid body of paintings, drawings, and collages that reimagine representations of women within Chicano/a/x culture and mainstream society. Yolanda López: Portrait of the Artist will bring together over 50 works in oil pastel, charcoal, collage, printmaking, and paint, centering on the artist’s Guadalupe triptych and an expansive series of related works, including rarely seen larger-than-life self-portraits. The exhibition will explore López’s profound legacy as a political artist and activist whose works are characterized by their incisive analysis, indelible imagery, and wit. In addition, on July 16 the Museum will launch online programming related to themes of Chicanx, Latinx, and Border Art in its permanent collection, held in conjunction with the virtual exhibition To Tame a Wild Tongue: Art after Chicanismo.

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July 16 – November 19, 2020