July 28, 2023 to September 23, 2023

Me Llaman Calle: The Monumental Art of Juana Alicia

Solo exhibition by Juana Alicia 

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Main Gallery is thrilled to present Me Llaman Calle: The Monumental Art of Juana Alicia, a solo exhibition celebrating the work of iconic muralist and multidisciplinary artist Juana Alicia Araiza. The exhibition centers on a few of Juana Alicia’s renowned mural works around the San Francisco Bay Area as well as a new body of work on the story of La X’tabay, a Yucatec Mayan myth.  

Curated by Marco Antonio Flores, the exhibition features Juana Alicia’s sketches for her murals, pages from her sketchbooks, and illustrations from the forthcoming graphic novel with Tirso González Araiza, La X’tabay, presented in the exhibition as a hand-printed artist’s book in codex form.    

“I am thrilled to present an exhibition reflecting the exuberance of San Francisco’s multicultural communities and the importance of art in everyday life,” said Marco Antonio Flores. “Juana Alicia has been a leading figure in the California mural movement since the early 1980s and this show reflects the scope of her public works from fresco to fused glass, bringing attention to the colorful palette that makes up the streets of San Francisco.”

“I am deeply honored to present a survey of my mural designs at the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries. Most of the works highlighted here are found in the Mission District, the heart of a vibrant mural movement in which I have been active for over four decades,” said Juana Alicia. “The San Francisco Arts Commission has been a constant supporter of my public projects over the years. I look forward to several upcoming public programing events over the course of the show and to interacting with the attending audiences across the Bay Area.”  

About Juana Alicia Araiza 
Juana Alicia was born in 1953 in Newark, NJ and has been based in the Bay Area since 1973. Alicia is a key figure in the Chicano Art movement and her murals can be seen across the globe, and in the Bay Area at notable sites such as The Women’s Building, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, University of California in Santa Cruz, and numerous other locations. Her highly political work has deep ties to activism and comments on the injustices we grapple with, particularly through the intersectional lenses of decolonization, feminism, and Mexican and Indigenous identity, as well as hope for a more equitable and just world. Alicia spends time between Berkeley and Mérida, Yucatán. 

About Marco Antonio Flores
Marco Antonio Flores is a doctoral student at Stanford University where he specializes in modern and contemporary art of the United States and Latin America. In 2019, he curated staring at the sun, a solo exhibition featuring rafa esparza at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Flores received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a second M.A. from the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art. 

Image credit: Juana Alicia, La Llorona’s Sacred Waters, 2004. Acrylic mural on stucco, located at York and 24th Streets, San Francisco Mission District. Photography by Ben Blackwell

Opening Public Reception Details 
Friday, July 28, 6 – 8 p.m.  
SFAC Main Gallery, War Memorial Veterans Building 
401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 126, San Francisco, CA 94102 
Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary.

A Guide to the Bay Area’s Summer Art Scene (Latina Magazine)

Juana Alicia on The Talkies (KPFA) [audio; interview begins at 1:23:30]

A Cultural Mission paints the town (Mission Local)

Juana Alicia (Art is Awesome) [audio]

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