Amalia Mesa-Bains and Pilar Agüero-Esparza represent two generations of Latina artists, who have worked to define a Chicano and Latino aesthetic in California and the United States. The conversation will explore the evolution and impact of Mesa-Bains’ body of work, which includes interpretations of traditional Chicano altars and large-scale installations, resonating in contemporary art terms and in its ties to California’s Mexican-American community and her family’s agricultural histories in the Santa Clara and San Joaquin Valleys.
Pilar Agüero-Esparza is a San Jose-based artist. Originally from Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, she was exposed to the potential and richness of materials and the love of the hand-made working with her parents in their shoe repair shop. She holds a BA in Art from the University of California Santa Cruz, and an MFA from San Jose State University. Agüero-Esparza has been an active artist, arts educator, and arts administrator in the Bay Area exhibiting her work at the San Jose Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, MACLA, Palo Alto Arts Center, Galeria de la Raza, and the de Young Museum. In 2017, her work was featured in the exhibition The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, as part of the Getty Foundation Southern California initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art.
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