¡Sí, Se Puede!

¡Sí, Se Puede!

Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago

Cesar Chavez snd Dolores Huerta, Salinas, California. Photo: Victor Alemán.

September 8, 2017
¡Sí, Se Puede!
September 5–November 4, 2017
Opening Reception: September 15, 5–8pm
Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago
1104 S Wabash Ave
60605 Chicago IL
Hours: Monday–Friday 9am–5pm

¡Sí, Se Puede! is an exhibition that connects the legacy of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and their work with the UFW (United Farm Workers) Movement to current artistic practices centering on education, history, acts of resistance, and community work in Chicago. For the exhibition, five artists have immersed themselves in the UFW archives to use the documents, images, and publications they found as springboards for creating new works. A selection of photographs by Victor Alemán, Cesar Chavez’s personal photographer, is also included to provide illuminating historical context of the UFW movement. ¡Sí, Se Puede! extends beyond this gallery along the Wabash Arts Corridor—with two new murals being painted in September—and stretches west to partners in Pilsen and Little Village. This program provides a crucible for creating a dialogue about self-determination movements and the relationships among the archive, history, and current contemporary culture.

Participating artists: Victor Alemán, William Estrada, Ian Kerstetter, Nicole Marroquin, Victoria Martinez, and Gloria "Gloe" Talamantes, with murals by Hector Duarte and Sam Kirk

This exhibition is organized and curated by Meg Duguid with related programming facilitated by Rogelio Becerra-Ramirez.

Events + related programming 

Wednesday, September 27, 6–7:30pm
Latinx alumni panel and reception

Hokin Lecture Hall, 623 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floor
Come celebrate the careers of Ruben Aguirre, Ruth Camargo, and Rebecca Nieves Huffman who each offer a unique perspective on the influence that art and culture have on the world we live in today.

September 22–28, 2017
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N State St
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Dolores (September 22 to 28), a compelling documentary that chronicles the tumultuous life and groundbreaking work of Dolores Huerta, who cofounded the nation’s first farm workers’ union with Cesar Chavez.
Tickets: 11 USD general admission; 7 USD students; 6 USD Film Center members.

Friday, October 20, 5–8pm (tour starts at 6pm)
Sí, Se Puede! Exhibition tour and catalog release party
Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S Wabash Ave
Celebrate ¡Sí, Se Puede! with a catalog release party and tour facilitated by Meg Duguid, Director of Exhibitions. Many of the artists will be present to discuss their work.
Please RSVP to attend.

This exhibition is generously funded by a grant from The Joyce Foundation and was created with support from the Cesar Chavez Foundation, United Farm Workers Foundation, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Chavez Institute for Law and Social Justice, and Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs.

Exhibition contact: Meg Duguid, Director of Exhibition, mduguid [​at​] coolum.edu / T 312 369 8686

The Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces (DEPS) is the College’s student-centered galleries, performance venues, and art boutique. The spaces are hubs for social, educational, and cultural activities for all Columbia students and the broader community. As an extension of the classroom, DEPS incorporates the College’s curriculum by building programs with academic departments combining theory with practice. Through civic engagement, DEPS connects students and the college to local, national, and international partners to provide experiential learning and professional development through collaboration. The spaces present innovative and accessible programs and opportunities for students, the college, and beyond. 

Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business for more than 8,000 students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Dedicated to academic excellence and long-term career success, Columbia College Chicago creates a dynamic, challenging, and collaborative space for students who experience the world through a creative lens. For more information, visit www.colum.edu


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