Jul 22 Sun
Educational Program

Amalia Mesa-Bains in Conversation with Pilar Agüero-Esparza

July 22, 2018

Amalia Mesa-Bains and Pilar Agüero-Esparza represent two generations of Latina artists, who have worked to define a Chicano and Latino aesthetic in California and the United States. The conversation will explore the evolution and impact of Mesa-Bains’ body of work, which includes interpretations of traditional Chicano altars and large-scale installations, resonating in contemporary art terms and in its ties to California’s Mexican-American community and her family’s agricultural histories in the Santa Clara and San Joaquin Valleys. 

$10 SVMA Members | $12 General Public


About the Speakers


As an artist Amalia Mesa-Bains works have been exhibited in both national and international venues including the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, the Museo del Barrio, the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Williams College Museum, the Queens Museum in New York, the Contemporary Exhibition Center of Lyon, France, the Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden, The Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland, and the Culterforgenin in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a community advocate she has served the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Board of Directors for both the Galeria de la Raza and the Center for the arts at Yerba Buena Gardens. She received her BA (1966) from San Jose State College, her MA (1971) from San Francisco State University, an M. A. (1981) and her Ph.D. (1983) in psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. She has been presented with special achievement recognition from the Association of American Cultures, The Association of Hispanic Artists, San Francisco State University Alumni Wall of Fame, Stanford University Ernesto Galarza Award, University of Texas at Austin Americo Paredes Award, the Visionary Woman Award from Moore College the College Art Association Women artists award and the Ziegfeld Lecturship from the National Arts Education Association.  She is a recipient of a distinguished MacArthur Fellowship and is the founder of the Visual and Public Art Department at California State University at Monterey Bay. She is now Professor Emerita at California Sate University of Monterey Bay.

Pilar Agüero-Esparza is a San Jose-based artist and educator. Originally from Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, she was exposed to the potential and richness of materials and the love of the hand-made working with her parents in their shoe repair shop. She holds a BA in Art from the University of California Santa Cruz, and an MFA from San Jose State University. Agüero-Esparza has been an active artist, arts educator, and arts administrator in the Bay Area exhibiting her work at the San Jose Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, MACLA, Palo Alto Arts Center, Galeria de la Raza, and the de Young Museum. In 2017, her work was featured in the exhibition The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, as part of the Getty Foundation Southern California initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art.


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