National Hispanic Heritage Month 2018: Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/

Links to Selected Exhibits and Collections here~ https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/exhibits-and-collections/

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For more information on the artists featured in the slide show:

Judith F. Baca~ http://www.artnews.com/2017/04/19/concrete-history-chicana-muralist-judith-f-baca-goes-from-the-great-wall-to-the-museum-wall/
Daniel Martin Diaz~ http://danielmartindiaz.com/about.php
Carmen Lomas Garza~ https://americanart.si.edu/artist/carmen-lomas-garza-6783
Ester Hernandez~ http://artinprint.org/article/ester-hernandez-sun-mad/
Yolanda Lopez~ https://www.library.ucsb.edu/special-collections/cema/lopez_y
Soraida Martinez~ https://theartguide.com/artists/soraida-martinez
Manuel Neri~ https://anderson.stanford.edu/programs-exhibitions/manuel-neri-assertion-of-the-figure/
Royal Chicano Air Force~ http://www.galeriadelaraza.org/eng/exhibits2/archive/artists.php?op=view&id=3&media=info
Richard Serra~ https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/richard-serra
Patssi Valdez~ https://americanart.si.edu/artist/patssi-valdez-7289
Emigdio Vasquez~ https://www.library.ucsb.edu/special-collections/cema/vasquez_brochure
Los Four~ https://latinomurals.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/losfour/

March 29~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Judy Chicago (Born 1939)
American feminist artist, art educator, and writer known for large collaborative art installations
https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/chicago-judy

Female Rejection Drawing from the Rejection Quintet / 1974 / Colored pencil and graphite on paper / 40”x30”

 

Carrie Mae Weems (Born 1953)
African-American photographer, performance artist, activist, filmmaker, and videographer
http://carriemaeweems.net/bio.html

Untitled (Kitchen Table Series) / 1990 / Gelatin silver print / 27 1/4”x27”