“Building Bridges: Chicano/Mexican Art from Los Angeles to Mexico City” Chicano Art Exhibition Seeks to Share Commonalities Between Los Angeles and Mexico

September 05, 2018

Celebrating the cultural commonalities that Mexican-Americans in Los Angeles and Mexicans share, the unique AltaMed Art Collection exhibit aims to break down walls between two countries in an era of political tension 

LOS ANGELES – In a landmark cultural exchange, the renowned Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (MACG) in Mexico City and Los Angeles-based AltaMed Health Services, the nation’s largest federally qualified community health center (FQHC), will collaborate to present “Building Bridges: Chicano/Mexican Art from Los Angeles to Mexico City,” a multigenerational selection of works by Chicano and Latino artists from Los Angeles, that will open at the MACG on September 21, 2018.  

Featuring the works of nearly 30 Los Angeles-based artists, the AltaMed Art Collection exhibit “Building Bridges” aims to address the many commonalities rooted in the shared history, traditions, and rich appreciation for art, music, and family that exist between those who live in Mexico and those who have immigrated to Los Angeles to set roots in the United States.  

The landmark exhibition will feature more than 60 paintings, sculpture, photographs, videos, and mixed media works from renowned Los Angeles Chicano and Latino artists such as: Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, Patssi Valdez, Salomón Huerta, Ana Serrano, Vyal One, Gary Garay, Shizu Saldamando, Yolanda Gonzalez, Roberto Gil de Montes, Cindy Santos Bravo, Judithe Hernández, Jose Ramirez, ASCO, and more.  

 “Art has a powerful way of creating dialogue, knowledge and understanding of culture and history that’s relevant to Mexicans on both sides of the border,” said Cástulo de la Rocha, president and CEO of AltaMed Health Services, whose vision catalyzed the international exhibition. “With so many commonalities shared between us, it’s amazing that residents of Mexico City have little understanding of the cultural nuances of Chicanos in East Los Angeles. Art can begin a meaningful dialogue on the historic bond shared by all of Mexican descent.”  

Curated by Julian Bermudez, the AltaMed Art Collection is comprised of nearly 1,000 works, including prints, paintings, photographs, drawings, sculpture, and mixed-media.  

For nearly five decades, AltaMed has provided health services to Latino, multi-ethnic, and underserved communities in southern California. As part of its holistic approach to health care throughout its 50 sites, AltaMed exhibits an art collection whose subjects reflect the diverse communities it serves, through themes such as family life, celebrations, work, friends, socio-political issues, Los Angeles, LGBTQ stigma and celebration, popular culture, and history.  

In order to advance the visibility, understanding, and appreciation of Chicano and Latino art, AltaMed formed an Exhibit Advisory Committee comprised of business, civic, and cultural leaders from Los Angeles and Mexico City, which includes officials from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Foundation, Museum of Latin American Art, and more. This group has been instrumental in the creation of “Building Bridges.” 

The exhibition will be on display at MAGC in Mexico City from September 21 to November 25, 2018. 

To learn more about the “Building Bridges” exhibit, visit https://altamedfoundation.org/building-bridges