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NHCC Art Museum Opens Qué Chola March 8

on February 21, 2019 - 6:34am
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum's upcoming exhibition, Qué Chola, opens Friday March 8, with a reception in the Art Museum 6-9 p.m., and closes Aug. 4.
The exhibit features Cholas and homegirls in art and pop culture and celebrates the Chola as a symbol of strength, power and resilience in the face of racial, gender and economic adversity.
The term Chola is commonly used to refer to women of a particular subculture in the U.S. often characterized by cultural pride, tough behavior and a distinctive style. The last few years have seen a surge in interest in the Chola persona and aesthetic in art, music, fashion and popular culture.
Exploring her presence in art can shed light on what she offers as an expression of Latina identity that, in many ways, challenges normative understandings of femininity and broadens conceptions of what it means to be Chicana in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The exhibition features artworks by 29 artists from New Mexico, California, Texas and Colorado. Themes include aesthetics, popular culture, women's solidarity, gender, practices of self-making and cultural pride.
The exhibition is really about honoring the impact of a figure that can help us think differently about who we are and the social structures we are a part of, NHCC Art Museum Curator Jadira Gurulé said. For some, the word Chola may be foreign or conjure up a stereotype. For other museum visitors, there may be an intimate familiarity and cultural connection. Regardless of individual experience, we hope the exhibition provides an opportunity for learning and reflection.
Artists include:
  • Adriana Avila and Benjamin Avila
  • All Chola
  • Amy Martinez, Kari Orvik, and Vero Mejano
  • Andrew Montoya
  • Antonia Fernandez
  • Arthur López
  • Blackout Theater
  • Jesús "Chuy" Rangel
  • Crystal Galindo
  • David Gonzales
  • Delilah Montoya
  • Eddyrose
  • Gaspar Enríquez
  • iLash
  • Judith F. Baca
  • Miguel Gandert
  • Nancy Camacho
  • Nanibah Chacon
  • Pamela Enriquez-Courts
  • Póla López
  • Rebekah Miles
  • Shizu Saldamando
  • Valerie J. Bower
  • Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin
  • Vicko Alvarez Vega
  • Zeke Peña