For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, (510) 981-7533
MI AMERICA / MY AMERICA SERIGRAPHS BY CARLOS JACKSON
Berkeley, California (Tuesday, March 08, 2011) - Carlos Francisco Jackson has been developing a series of creative works titled Mí America/My America which consists of 16 large screenprints (3’x4’) and 16 large pencil drawings (3’x4’) that accompany the prints in exhibitions. About half of the series will be on display at the Addison Street Windows Gallery in Berkeley from March 4th thur April 15th, 2011.
The exhibition provides a public narrative of the Chicana/o community’s contemporary and historical relationship to social justice struggles with particular emphasis on moments of confrontation where people are seeking self-determination and equal access to democracy.
Events represented in the series include depictions of “guest workers” leaving Mexico City upon the initiation of the Bracero Program and their subsequent arrival in the United States. The series also includes depictions of Elizabeth Ekford entering Little Rock Central High School and the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge during Bloody Sunday.The range of issues addressed and compiled in this body of creative work creates an important dialogue between the Chicano/a community and the larger American experience.
While rooted in a history and tradition of Chicano Printmaking, Professor Jackson’s creative works provide contemporary representations of the Chicano/Latino community and its growing impact on the culture and economy of the United States.
Exhibits in the Addison Street Windows Gallery, located on Addison Street between Milvia and Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley’s downtown Arts District, can be viewed 24 hours a day from the sidewalk, are free and wheelchair accessible.
For more information, contact:
Mary Ann Merker/ Civic Arts Coordinator MMerker@CityofBerkeley.info
Greg Morozumi/ curator firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by the Civic Arts Program of the City of Berkeley in cooperation with the Civic Arts Commission.