April 2019 – Chicano Art Now

March’s Presentation will be on Chicano Art in the World of Art Today

Chicano Art, the name given to art created by artists of Mexican-descent in the United States, is a richly vibrant and expressive body of artwork. Chicano artists draw from their Mexican/American experience to venerate, celebrate, contemplate, and deliberate the state of being of Mexican-descent in the United States. The range of color, form, composition, and content reflected in the artwork underneath this nationwide carpa, or tent, is representative of the diverse individual, regional, generational, and political sensibilities in this country’s Mexican/American communities. Dr. Gonzales’ presentation will situate Chicano art in the larger framework of American and Latin American art, provide a sampling of representative work, and connect it with the personal, cultural, and historical realities they project.

Joseph J. Gonzales, PhD, is a museum professional and educator with more than twenty-five years of experience in the arts.  He led the graduate Museum Communication program in Museum Studies at University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  At the University, he developed the International Museum Studies Residency Program in which he hosted leaders from China’s Changsha Province Museum for an intensive course on museum practice provided to major museums across the east coast.  He has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships for his work on successful strategies to connect museums and arts programs with diverse audiences –including his research into community engagement strategies that gained him a Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Fellowship to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Originally from Texas, Dr. Gonzales is currently the executive director of The Delaware Contemporary on Wilmington’s waterfront.

Free and open to the public – Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 PM in the Gild Hall