I'm happy to hear that folks I worked with on the Southern Exposure exhibition are going to be creating an altar to honor undocumented people at this year's Dia De Los Muertos Festival in Oakland, CA. My little piñata border wall will be included. Here is a short Emmy awarded video that featured that exhibition and the border wall. Hope to see you out there for this great annual event!
I will be a guest artist leading a workshop for several students grades 2-4 in Oakland on November 16, 12-2:30 pm. I look forward to sharing more about this day.
Fall Family Day:
Saturday, October 28
12:30pm to 3:00pm
The annual celebration welcoming family, honoring Dia del los Muertos through artmaking activities, and sharing a Community Altar takes place on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
The Richmond Art Center once again offers its popular Fall event, Fall Family Day, welcoming the community to this all-ages, free event to make art and celebrate family with a special Community Altar. The event will take place at the Richmond Art Center, located in Civic Center Plaza, 2540 Barrett Avenue, in Richmond from 12:30 to 3:00pm on Saturday, October 28. The Exhibition galleries will also be open to visitors, to experience the current Fall collections, which include Joan Brown: In Living Color; Earth, Wind, and Fire; and Pogo Park.
I attended this event to seek Latinx techies for a past job I was working and ended up pitching a business idea that got picked up. The whole experience was AMAZING and I am still tripping on everything that happened.
Short story, we won 3rd place and I met some great creative people. I will update this post with more pictures and details
I was delighted to have been invited to custom make 3 little piñatas for the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco, CA. I create a unicorn, burro, and rainbow based on their pink them color selection. I had a blast being one of the first groups to visit the museum and loved the sprinkle pool. I mean, who doesn't love a pool of sprinkles?
I will be one of the featured vendors at their Small Business Saturday event being held on Nov 25th 2017, 2-6:30 pm at the MOIC SF. More details to come about that event, stay tuned!
My Little Piñata Border Wall was featured in this exhibition in association with Sita Bhaumik's We are Against the Wall Exhibition at Southern Exposure.
The Piñata Exhibit (Sure to be a Smash Hit!) at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
I'm excited to be included in a new piñata exhibition at the National Hispanic Community Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico that opens in June! Visit this link to learn more.
Photo credit: Daniel Ward
Join us behind the Pirate Store for Spring Things, our second Goods & Good craft fair celebrating the talented community of volunteers supporting 826 Valencia's free writing programs behind the scenes. Our vendors support us in myriad ways: installation art for our window displays, illustrations for student publications, t-shirt and poster design, and more! Artists who will be selling this month include:
curated by Angelica Muro and Hector Dionicio Mendoza
Featuring work by Sita Bhaumik, Felix d’Eon, Karla Diaz, Monique Islam, Prole Arts Collective (Nosfe and Rarotonga), Isaías D. Rodríguez, and Arnoldo Vargas, this exhibition re-examines social based-phantom culture by sampling and appropriating sources that are linked to both high and low culture through use of materials that convey social-economic and political class, race, gender, and sexuality. Chafismo highlights work that moves towards the current dialogue surrounding the complexity within ChicanX practices. This often means artists giving a critical voice to prevailing theoretical paradigms that frame arte y cultura as long relegated issues that should be expanding our understanding of positionality, value, and worth. By questioning established standard tenets as idle, a new approach and visual language can emerge to probe the conventionality of what is considered broken, irreverent, or complacent.
365 South Market Street
downtown San José on the Market Street edge of
the San José Convention Center
Fri, 12-6 pm
Sat & Sun, 12-4 pm
Closed between exhibitions
Opening Reception | Inauguración: Friday, September 9, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Southern Exposure presents Estamos contra el muro | We Are Against the Wall, an exhibition by Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik in collaboration with Piñatas Las Morenitas Martínez, Little Piñata Maker, Cece Carpio (Trust Your Struggle), Iván Padilla Mónico, La Pelanga, People’s Kitchen Collective, and Norma Listman.
In this intensely divisive election season, Bhaumik and curator Michele Carlson produce a potent and nuanced response to our current social, political, and economic realities. A wall built of hand-crafted piñatas in the form of cinder blocks will dominate and divide the Southern Exposure gallery.
Walls and borders are built to protect, segregate, detain, and enact power. Donald Trump's proposed border wall projects the perception of national unity and, conversely, ascribes otherness to those who lie beyond. But borders are porous, shifting, illusive. Divorced from geographical position, Estamos contra el muro highlights how every border wall is imaginary.
Over the course of the exhibition, the wall will undergo a dramatic transformation that enacts the dynamic transactional nature of border sites. The opening reception on September 9 marks the completion of the wall’s construction with a Migration Mixtape by La Pelanga DJ collective, street food, and limited edition mini-piñatas by the Little Piñata Maker. Several days later, under cover of night, Cece Carpio of the collective Trust Your Struggle will intervene to tag and deface the wall. On September 22, the wall will serve as the literal backdrop for a public dialogue with artists and organizers working around the subject of migration. Finally, at the closing reception on October 15, we will all come together to pummel the piñatas – celebrating the destruction of the wall with a blow-by-blow narration by People’s Kitchen Collective, music by La Pelanga, and food to fuel our border crossings.
Like other political walls, the piñatas beg to be beaten down, pulverized by force, and left as a fetishized relic of times past. Bhaumik’s wall is not merely a narrative of division or a seductive solution to the problem of certain bodies. By questioning how one might unknowingly and unwittingly be complicit in its very construction, Bhaumik reminds us that, like these piñatas, all walls are built by hand.