Through exhibitions and events, we uplift the diversity of Latino voices, change narratives and bring community together to celebrate our cultural heritage.
Due the Covid-19 pandemic, the Gallery is open to the public by appointment only.
The Chicano & Latino Studies (CLS) department at the University of Minnesota celebrates 50 years of scholarship and activism through this exhibit at the CLUES Latino Art Gallery. Six commissioned artists and two artist teams respond to materials from the CLS archives through poetry, video work, installation, painting, sculpture, and photography, tying their diverse art practices to ongoing scholarship and activism, and bridging the past with the present and future of Latina, Latino, and Latinx resiliency.
Artists: Luisa Armendariz, Margaret Ogas, Eric Garcia, Alondra Garza, Cadex Herrera, Flor Soto, Xavier Tavera and Aleydis Valdovinos.
Address: Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), 797 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55106
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Artist Panel: February 18, 5:30-7 pm via Facebook Live.
Poetry Reading: March 25, 5:30-7 pm via Facebook Live.
Artist: Flor Soto
Bio: An immigrant from Mazatlan, Mexico, Flor is a talented artisan based in Austin, Minnesota, who specializes in the traditional folk arts of Mexican paper. “My intuitive artistic process for making piñatas and paper sculptures does not require molds or balloons to create their shapes. Instead, I recycle paper and cardboard to form interactive hand-crafted sculptures. I approach each creative idea to keep this traditional art form alive and to bring joy to children’s birthday parties and any fiesta (party)” - Flor Soto.
Date and time: October 29, 2020 – January 14, 2021
Description: Flor Soto's solo art exhibition "Piñatera", features her fascinating paper-mâché sculptures, creative paper flower installations, and unique piñata creations.
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Artist: Grettel Arrate Hechavaría
Bio: Grettel is a painter, mural painter, illustrator and graphic designer from Santiago de Cuba. She graduated in painting and drawing from the Provincial Academy of Plastic Arts José Joaquín Tejada of Santiago de Cuba. She holds a Bachelor of Art History from the Universidad de Oriente. She is a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and a member of the Association of Publicists of Cuba. Hechavaría has had 14 solo exhibitions in important museums and galleries in Cuba and around the world.
Date and time: March 9 - March 27, 2020 *Collaboration with Sol y Luna Gallery
Description: A celebration of Art for the International Women's Day. Presentation by visiting Cuban painter Grettel Arrate with art and cultural activities, and Latino food.
Artist: Zamara Cuyún
Bio: Zamara Cuyún is, for better or worse, a product of colonization, with Indigenous roots in Guatemala – born and raised in Minneapolis. A self-taught, “Gringindia” artist of de-Indigenized Highland Maya ancestry, she works in acrylics, using elements of Guatemalan Maya history, ideology, and iconography - sometimes to explore and create a vibrant, colorful, imaginary dream universe and, at other times, to represent the restless, violent, and unsettling world we are often forced to inhabit. The themes that inspire her work and to which she is drawn back to, time and again, include Indigenous identity (her own, as well as that represented in Guatemalan society), the history of colonization and resistance, the persecution and genocide of Indigenous populations, and the call for social justice, reconciliation, revitalization, and decolonization and the central role and strength of women in this process.
Color and light are of the utmost importance in her work. She wants her subjects – the lovely, as well as the gruesome – to pulse with color, light, and life from within. Vibrant Guatemalan Indigenous Maya textiles and art - contemporary and precolonial - as well as European stained-glass, Scandinavian rosemaling, and contemporary graphic novels inspire and inform her use of color and brushstroke.
Date and time: January 30 - February 27, 2020
Short description: In contemporary society, indigenous women are often objectified, romanticized, hyper-sexualized, and de-humanized. These seemingly harmless stereotypes produce devastating consequences including alarming rates of abuse, rape, disappearance, murder, self-harm, and suicide plaguing indigenous women and girls. Cuyún combats these injustices with painted visual stories that re-imagine new systems of understanding and healing for indigenous womanhood and identity. Using elements of Guatemalan Maya history, ideology, myth, and iconography, Cuyún presents a world that is at times vibrant, colorful and dreamlike while at other times restless, violent and unsettling.
Artists: Gustavo Boada, Xilam Balam, Dougie Padilla, Andrea Castillo, Xavier Tavera, Constanza De La O, Monique Payan, Leiny Krumm, Gustavo Lira, Marina Castillo, Olivia Levins Holden, Xena Goldman, Maria Cristina Tavera, Javier Carrasco, Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, Ricardo Bennett, Diana Gallardo, Erika Herrera, Alex Jalapa, Carleen Cuevas Martinez, Ana Laura Juarez, Zamara Cuyun, Camila Leiva, Gabi Estrada, Ricardo Levins Morales, Cadex Herrera, Ken Rivera, Luis Fitch, Jimmy Longoria, Alonso Sierralta, Aaron Johnson-Ortiz.
Date and time: September 2 - December 13, 2019
Description: For our first-ever art exhibit, “Visualiz/Arte,” we called upon MN-based Latino/a/x artists to build community with us, co-imagine our collective future, and co-create our new casa (home) for Latino/a/x arts and culture in Minnesota. Thirty-one local visual artists responded to our call --with work ranging from folk art to fine art-- in a wide variety of media, including painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.