Sofia Ayala Perel
A Public Conversation: Muralist Juana Alicia: Public Art and Feminism in the Bay Area
Renowned muralist Juana Alicia will sit down with Guisela Latorre, scholar of Chicanx art, to discuss the artist’s career and the local mural scene in the Bay Area. The conversation will touch upon the disappearance of her iconic Mission District murals Alto al Fuego and Las Lechugueras, the relationship between feminism and muralism, and the work by a new generation of women muralists in the Bay Area such as Cece Carpio, Erin Yoshi, Lucia Ippolito, Keena Romano and the women of Few and Far, Twin Walls Mural Company, Moana Love and Crystal Clarity.
Attendees and community members are highly encouraged to participate in this dialogue.
About our Speakers:
Juana Alicia is a muralist, printmaker and sculptor, working in the San Francisco Bay Area and Mexico. She works in many media: traditional acrylic murals, true fresco, mosaic tile and ceramic relief sculptural murals. An accomplished printmaker and studio painter for four decades, her commissions SANTUARIO (San Francisco International Airport), LA LLORONA’S SACRED WATERS, GEMELOS in Mérida, Mexico, and THE SPIRAL WORD at Stanford University’s Centro Chicano. Her newest mural is SPILL/DERRAME, addressing the dangers of oil spills, at the corners of Emerson and Adeline, in Berkeley. Juana Alicia is recognized for the power of her style and content.
Guisela Latorre is associate professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. She specializes in modern and contemporary U.S. Latinx and Latin American art with a special emphasis on Chicana/Latina feminism. She is the author of Walls of Empowerment: Chicana/o Indigenist Murals from California (2008) and the co-author of ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/Chicano Murals Under Siege (2017). Latorre’s current book manuscript Democracy on the Wall: Street Art of the Post-Dictatorship Era in Chile is under contract with the Ohio State University Press.