Intersections: Recent Prints from TANA & the silkscreen printmaking program in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis
FIRST FRIDAY Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 6-9p.m.
Location: Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz
Remarks by visiting speakers: 7pm
Visiting speakers: Jose Arenas, Drucella Anne Miranda, Elyse Doyle-Martinez
Exhibit Dates: Wednesday April 4, 2018 to Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Exhibit hours: M - TH Noon - 4PM
Intersections: Recent Prints from TANA & the silkscreen printmaking program in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis.
This exhibition brings together posters from Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer and the silkscreen printmaking program in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis.
Drawn from a collection of recent prints, the show emphasizes the partnership and exchange between programs, and highlights a variety of socio-political themes that deal with immigration, education, social equality, and other issues identified by the artists and workshop participants as having an effect on their daily lives. It additionally reveals the formal and aesthetic concerns of each artist as they continue to develop a unique mode of self-expression.
The prints mirror the exhibition title, “Intersections” by casting light on the collective efforts of TANA participants and UC Davis Chicana/o students as they creatively engage in the printmaking process and utilize the medium to voice a wide range of social concerns. The silkscreen as a politically engaged tool is central to both programs.
Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer, being an extension of the silkscreen printmaking program in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis holds a space between creativity and activism. It engages community participants in the silkscreen and art-making process while emphasizing its capacity as a medium for social change. In the same way, students in the silkscreen printmaking program create posters that are both socially engaged and politically charged. Both are transformational spaces that blend creativity and community activism while fostering the individual growth of each budding artist. They are at once empowered through the creation of beautiful, thought provoking, and politically engaged posters that speak to the surrounding community.
Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA) is a collaborative partnership between the Chicana/o Studies Program at the University of California, Davis and the greater Woodland community. TANA offers a fully functioning silkscreen studio, Chicano/Latino Arts exhibition space, and a teaching center for the arts. Through exhibiting, printing, and teaching, TANA cultivates the cultural and artistic life of the community, viewing the arts as essential to a community's development and well-being.