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Calli: The Art of Xicanx Peoples

Calli: The Art of Xicanx Peoples

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Opens June 14 | Great Hall
Experience intergenerational, feminist, queer, and Xicanx-Indigenous artworks offering ancestral forms of liberation, healing, and being at Calli: The Art of Xicanx Peoples, only at OMCA.

“Calli,” derived from Nahuatl, signifies the essence of home, family, and lineage. Immerse yourself in thought-provoking original artworks, installations, sculpture, painting, photography, poetry, and more, that showcase and honor the stories of Xicanx peoples across California in this temporary “Xicanx home.” 

Calli layers multiple artistic perspectives, featuring posters from late queer Chicana activist and professor Margaret “Margie” Terrazas Santos’ collection in conversation with contemporary works by Xicanx artists who expand the horizons of possibility, inspiring reflection and fostering dialogue about a world in which we can all belong.

Discover exhibition highlights by featured artists including:

  • rafa esparza’s adobe Mesoamerican stylized temple installation
  • Consuelo Jimenez Underwood’s site-specific Borderline installation conveying U.S.-Mexico border issues such as land commodification, militarization, dehumanization, and its ecological effects
  • Gina Aparicio’s ceramic and earth-based installation with audio composed by musician Joe Galarza, a member of Aztlan Underground
  • Melanie Cervantes’ soft sculpture installation of the Aztec moon goddess, Coyolxauhqui

This exhibition opens Friday, June 14, 2024. Though Calli will be open to the public starting Friday, June 14, 2024, the exhibition will be closed to the general public from 3 pm–5 pm for a private viewing for contributing artists and their guests. The exhibition will be reopened to the public for OMCA’s Friday late-night gallery access starting at 5 pm until 9 pm.

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