We are surrounded by the Hispanic culture in San Francisco in the form of music, art, and food, to name only the obvious few. But what do we really know about it? Can we ever know what it is like to be a Chicana? What about being a Chicana in the revolutionary 1960s? ChicaChic: La Nueva Onda/The New Wave of Chicana Art provides some insight into the joys and struggles of this culture. Artists who have works in the exhibit include Ana Teresa Fernandez. In September we told you about her work in a show called "Ablution" -- some of the same works are included here. Her paintings are cinematic, photorealistic, and extraordinarily large. We also let you in on Fernandez's ability to represent political reality. One of her paintings depicts a woman washing the beach at the U.S.-Mexican border with her hair. The image engages the viewer into the current debates over immigration and the politics of women and labor. Other artists in "ChicaChic" include Favianna Rodriguez, Shizu Saldamando, and Mitsy Avila Ovalles.
Jan. 22-March 18, 2011