By Tina Yapelli
California’s ongoing story of migrant farm workers and their families will be told through an art exhibition at the University Art Gallery from April 2 to May 2.
The exhibit is called Field Work: Documenting California’s Migrant Farm Labor Experience 1935 to 2003.
The exhibition examines the continuing role of migrant agricultural workers. The five artists represented in the exhibition have recorded and interpreted the labor and living conditions of this vital work force throughout California, from the Sacramento to the Imperial valleys.
Through their potent images, ranging from portraits of Dust Bowl refugees to depictions of contemporary undocumented workers, the ongoing and complex story of migrant farm laborers and their families unfolds.
The exhibition begins with a suite of 37 photographs made in 1937-1938 by Horace Bristol and collectively titled “The Grapes of Wrath Portfolio.”
Dorothea Lange is represented by 26 photographs created between 1935 and 1940, including her famed image of the “Migrant Mother.”
The exhibition continues with works by Bay Area photographer Roger Minick, who will present two series of images from the 1960s and 1970s that capture farm workers and the landscape in which they toil.
San Diego artist Paul Turounet will include works from his 1989 series “Los Vendimiadores” (The Grape-pickers), photographed in the vineyards of Healdsburg, Calif.
The exhibition culminates with an installation of sculpture and photographs from 2001-2003 by San Diego artist Louis Hock.
Participating artist Louis Hock will present an illustrated lecture at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in room 100 of Nasatir Hall. A reception with participating artists will follow from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the University Art Gallery. The slide lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated brochure with an essay by Arthur Ollman, director of the School of Art, Design and Art History at SDSU
For more info, call 619-594-5171.
Crossing Tracks Gallery proudly presents “Onda Cosmica,” an exhibition of contemporary Rio Grande Indio-Mexico-Americano art by Gabriel S. Gaytán. The opening reception is Saturday, April 14, 6 p.m. at the gallery (3275 Adams Ave). For more info, call 619-521-0676.
Healthy Kids Day and Jackie Robinson Day, a free fun-filled day of activities this Sunday, April 15 at the Jackie Robinson YMCA (151 YMCA Way), beginning at 8 a.m. For info, call Pedro at 619-264-0144 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies cordially invites you to attend a special book presentation by Samuel Schmidt, En La Mira El Chiste Político en México (Political Humor in Mexico: From Córtez to Calderón) on Friday, April 13, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Weaver Center Institute of the Americas on UCSD campus (9500 Gilman Dr) in La Jolla.
Los Bilingual Writers is accepting bilingual poetry, prose and narrative submissions for their next anthology. If your abuelos ever shared a piece of their history with you and you are a talented writer, submit no more than three pieces of work by April 30, 2007 to email@example.com.
Caballero’s Latin Jam at Voz Alta (16th and Broadway) in downtown every Thursday at 7 p.m. For more info, contact Bill at 619-628-8568.
“We didn’t Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Us,” will be the theme of this year’s 37th annual Chicano Park Day, which will be held next Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic Chicano Park, located in Barrio Logan (The corner of Cesar Chavez Pkwy and Logan Ave). This family celebration is free and open to the public.
The Mexican poet Alberto Blanco will be giving a bilingual poetry reading next Friday, April 20th at 7 p.m. in the Theater of the Institute of Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. For more information, please contact the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of San Diego at 619-260-4070.
(Planning a noteworthy junta, event, or show that the San Diego Latino/Latina community should know about? Send it to La Prensa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadlines are every Tuesday if you plan to host on the following Friday.)