Selected works from Make 'Em All Mexican, The Brown Oscars, and The Brown Dot Project
"El Andy" by Linda Vallejo, 2014
On display in the Reynolds Gallery from September 14 - October 29, 2016.
The Memorial Student Center Visual Arts Committee is proud to be present Linda Vallejo: Selections from the Make ‘Em All Mexican, The Brown Dot Project, and The Brown Oscars. In her series Make ‘Em All Mexican, Vallejo uses repurposed iconic figurines, images, and artifacts from pop culture and redefines them through her own experience as a Chicana artist. These works evoke intense conversation about how race, color, and class define our understanding and identification of culture. Vallejo’s series The Brown Dot Project articulates the national representation of Latinos in the works force by conceptualizing US data into brown dots on paper. Each "Brown Dot" piece forms an image that represents where Latinos are employed collectively across the United States. The exhibit includes works from the recent Brown Oscars, in this suite Vallejo draws attention to the lack of diversity in one of the nation’s largest industries. Together the Make ‘Em All Mexican, The Brown Dot Project, and The Brown Oscars provide an intentionally challenging yet playful depiction of what it means to be Latino-American.
About Linda Vallejo: Linda Vallejo's early years were spent traveling throughout the United States and Europe. She returned to her native state California to complete her Master in Fine Arts where she developed an appreciation for Chicano art and indigenous communities. Her experiences during this time informed her cultural perspectives as well as her art practice. Recently her work has been displayed at the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, Il), El Museo del Barrio (NY), and the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum. She currently lives and creates art in Topanga Canyon, California with her husband. You can find more information about Linda Vallejo at lindavallejo.com.
Opening Reception: An opening reception will take place September 28th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Reynolds Gallery. Artist Linda Vallejo will be speaking and available for questions. Receptions are open to the public, admission is free.
Hours and Location: The Reynolds Gallery is located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center. Open to the public Tuesday—Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday—Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.