Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas

January 17–March 21, 2009


Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas is part of a series of 516 ARTS programs focusing on activism and feminism. This exhibition brings together the multimedia work of 18 women artists whose work continues to challenge the inequities of male-centered sexist hierarchies. In photography, painting, drawing, performance art, installation, sculpture, untraditional craft forms, graffiti/stenciling, and paper and fabric fashion designs, the work of these artists talks back to unjust power in visionary and necessary acts of courage aimed at greater social justice. Drawing its subtitle Las Hociconas from the Spanish word for large or loud-mouthed (from the word hocico, animal snout), this exhibition proudly situates itself within the long struggle of Chicana and Latina feminist struggles against sexism. It features the work of three generations of artists from New Mexico, Texas and California. Co-Curators Delilah Montoya and Laura E. Pérez say, “We hope this project will strengthen and cross-fertilize Chicana Latina feminist art across state lines.” One of the inspirations for the exhibition is Pérez’s recent book Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities (Duke University Press 2007). The exhibition and special events are presented in conjunction with the Women & Creativity series organized by the National Hispanic Cultural Center (March 2009).

Featured artists: Elia Arce, Nao Bustamante, Marie Romero Cash, Diane Gamboa, Maya Gonzalez, Tina Hernández, Elisa Jiménez, Alma López, Pola López, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Delilah Montoya, Celia Alvarez Muñoz, Cecilia Portal, Anita Rodríguez, Isis Rodríguez, Maye Torres, Consuelo Jiménez Underwood and Rosa Zamora.

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KNME-TV (PBS) program In Focus featuring Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas for Women's History Month
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Opening Reception: Saturday, January 17, 6–8pm

Corrido music with Las Flores del Valle
Fashion & art/couture with Elisa Jiménez & Diane Gamboa Performance at 7pm

516 ARTS is pleased to announce two special art projects created for the Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas exhibition. Joining us from Los Angeles and Santa Fe/New York, it is an honor for 516 ARTS to present these renowned “badgirl” artists in New Mexico.

Elisa Jiménez will create an installation and art/couture performance at the opening called As Above, So Below — a tableau of sculpture, writing and drawing catalyzed by the couture fashion performance introducing the ultimate badgirl: Eve and her female counterparts. One-of-a-kind “dresses-yiangs” are featured in the performance and then become part of the installation and are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting 516 ARTS.

Diane Gamboa from Los Angeles will do a residency in Albuquerque and create paper fashion works for Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas, modeled live at the opening. Gamboa has been producing, exhibiting, and curating visual art in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. In the 1980s, she documented the punk rock scene in East Los Angeles, was a member of ASCO, a conceptual multi-media performance art group, and organized numerous site-specific “Hit and Run” paper fashion shows. Her paper fashions are multi-media, living sculpture/installation/performative pieces that have been exhibited in many museums, including in the collection of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

Chimayó (Güero): Saturday, February 21, 8pm

Join us for a screening of the new short narrative film Chimayó (Güero), followed by a discussion with screenwriter Art Corriveau. When Justin, a high school senior, loses his mom to leukemia, he suddenly finds himself living with his estranged grandmother in the 400-year-old village of Chimayó, equally known for its miraculous curative dirt as for its rampant heroin addiction. Justin’s resentment over the dirt’s inability to heal his mom propels him to seek the company of his cousin Miguel, a third-generation heroin addict. Suddenly Justin must choose between the healing power of community and faith, and the annihilating abyss of drug addiction. The film was produced through the New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive, a 9-month program in motion picture arts funded, in part, by the state of New Mexico. Screenwriter Art Corriveau is the author of the novel Housewrights and a the collection of stories Blood Pudding.516 WORDS reading: Saturday, March 7, 8pm

516 ARTS and the UNM M.F.A. in Creative Writing program present a reading celebrating Hispanic poets in conjunction with the exhibition Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas. Featured poets are Jessica Helen López, Michelle Otero, Levi Romero, Socorro “Cora” Romo, and Richard Vargas.

Panel Discussion: Saturday, March 14, 2pm

Co-curators, artist and professor Delilah Montoya and Dr. Laura E. Pérez (Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley) will be joined by University of New Mexico art history professor Holly Barnet-Sanchez and Los Angeles-based artist Alma López for a discussion focusing on Chicana feminist art today, its achievements and development and the cultural politics and economics surrounding the reception of its most innovative and challenging works. This event is in conjunction with the Women & Creativity series organized by the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Downtown Artscrawl: Friday, March 20, 5–8pm

Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a Division of the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

image above: Inner Scream by Pola Lopez