1. DesertArtLAB

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    desert ArtLAB is an American desert based initiative exploring (dis)connections between ecology, culture and community. Through multimedia performance and social art desert ArtLAB seeks to question what we forfeit when our relationship with native desert ecology is sacrificed for a more manufactured environment. The project utilizes urban space and cactus as tools to engage residents to reclaim desert ecology through ecological intervention, multimedia performance, visual, and social art. desert ArtLAB seeks to inform a discourse of desert urban landscape, while challenging desert dwellers to consider how native ecology can inform identity, equality and the sustainability of desert culture and communities. desert ArtLAB projects have been exhibited and presented at international and US venues; have been the subject of local media attention; and have been honored by Phoenix Mayor, Phil Gordon.

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    • Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection

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      (Directed/Produced - Roberto S. Oregel (oregelfilms), Produced - Melissa Richardson Banks) An advocate and avid collector of Chicano art, Cheech Marin's most recent passion is collecting small paintings. Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn't matter} is an exhibition of paintings - all under 16 x 16 inches - showcasing 26 artists and a wide variety of artistic media. Ranging from photo-realism, to abstractions, portraits to landscapes, Chicanitas offers the viewer an intimate sampling from both established and emerging Chicano artists.

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      • Musink Festival 2009

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        Steve Soto tattooing at the Musink Tattoo Show 2009. You can get a look at some of Steve Soto's realistic tattoos. This video shows Soto's clients enthusiasm for his work.

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        • 1,000 Year Old Sex Goddess

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          I got to play with 1,000 year old dolls! One time, doing a fundraising commercial for the Museo I filmed a finger puppet staring at Mesoamerican figurines. The figurines were behind glass. I kept longing to "free" them, to "let them act," get them out - let them play. One day, I had a few hours alone with Museo's archive. The Venus figurine came to life! Shot all against blue screen, I chroma keyed Chaco Canyon later. The badass sound is done by my compadre - nothing less than five hundred years of history.

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          • Harriett and Ricardo Romo discuss "Estampas de la Raza" with curator Lyle Williams

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            Harriett and Ricardo Romo discuss Estampas de la Raza with curator Lyle Williams "Estampas de la Raza" introduces recent gifts of contemporary Mexican American and Latino prints to the McNay from collectors Harriett and Ricardo Romo. More than 60 prints by 44 artists reveal the richness of a mixed cultural heritage, with depictions of Frida Kahlo, lowriders, tattoos, and the Virgin of Guadalupe. The exhibition focuses on aspects of the Latino experience in the United States: the celebration of a mixed "identity"; the Chicano Movement’s "struggle" to achieve sociopolitical equality; "tradition, memory, and culture" in the everyday lives of Latinos; Latino "icons"; and "other voices" suggesting the diversity of the community. Many images are larger than life, serving up a colorful, visual feast.

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            • Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection

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              from The McNay Art Museum / Added

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              Estampas de la Raza introduces recent gifts of contemporary Mexican American and Latino prints to the McNay from collectors Harriett and Ricardo Romo. More than 60 prints by 44 artists reveal the richness of a mixed cultural heritage, with depictions of Frida Kahlo, lowriders, tattoos, and the Virgin of Guadalupe. The exhibition focuses on aspects of the Latino experience in the United States: the celebration of a mixed "identity"; the Chicano Movement’s "struggle" to achieve sociopolitical equality; "tradition, memory, and culture" in the everyday lives of Latinos; Latino "icons"; and "other voices" suggesting the diversity of the community. Many images are larger than life, serving up a colorful, visual feast.

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              • Oscar Castillo: Icons of the Invisible

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                In this video, Oscar Castillo talks about his experience photographing the Chicano community in Los Angeles. Chon Noriega, curator of the exhibition "Icons of the Invisible" at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, puts the importance of Castillo's work into context. This video was produced in conjunction with the exhibition "Oscar Castillo: Icons of the Invisible" at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. September 25, 2011 – February 26, 2012 For more information about the Fowler visit: www.fowler.ucla.edu CREDITS: Featuring: Oscar Castillo and Chon Noriega Artwork by Oscar Castillo Filmed by Agnes Stauber Still Photograp by Anabel Garcia-Romo Edited by Anabel Garcia-Romo

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                • CHEECH MARIN : UP IN ART

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                  Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Chicago Afrobeat Project Simmy Swinder of LA Centric Magazine interviews writer, director, and comedian Cheech Marin at his Pacific Palisades home. They talk about Cheech’s past and present motivations behind collecting and promoting Chicano art, and take a tour of his home to see the sizable private collection he amassed. They discuss his role in Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, an exhibition which he organized with curator René Yañez and which toured 15 cities between 2001 and 2007. These days, Cheech is partnering with Thomas Paul Fine Art to raise the profile of Chicano artists by setting up lectures, writing, and bringing Chicano art to major art fairs. Watch the interview here! Actor and collector Cheech Marin discusses Chicano Art and Art of the New America, a division of Thomas Paul Fine Art Gallery, while at home in the Pacific Palisades. Interested in any of the artists mentioned, please contact the gallery at: info@tpaulfineart.com For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website :www.thuvanarts.com ART SERIES: www.thuvanarts.com/take1 MUSIC VIDEOS: www.thuvanarts.com/musicvideos

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                  • GRONK ON CATHOLOCISM AND LATINO ART

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                    Directed by Eric Minh Swenson Gronk (born 1957 in East Los Angeles, California, USA) is the artistic name of Chicano painter, printmaker, and performance artist Glugio Nicandro. According to Gronk, his widely-repeated birth year of 1954 is false and directly attributed to his long-time dealer, Daniel Saxon, who wanted his young artist to "be older" and "taken seriously." The artist also states that "Gronk" is a name his mother found in an article on a Brazilian tribe in National Geographic while resting shortly before his birth. Gronk was a founding member of ASCO, a multi-media arts collective in the 1970s. Influenced by European film, existentialism, and literature (i.e., Camus, Beckett) Gronk and his early teenage cohorts made "movies without film", farcical "happenings" on the streets of their native East LA, with Patsi Valdez (magical realist painter of ominous domestic interiors) starring in female roles. Gronk is largely self-educated. Bored with High School and radicalized politically by the anti-Vietnam War and Chicano Walk-Out movements of Los Angeles schools, Gronk and friends barely attended their final years in school, and may not have graduated. He took some classes at Community College. Gronk reports that he was kicked out of famed East LA's Self Help Graphics "by that chain-smoking nun," Karen Boccalero, for not following instructions. He is best known for his murals, including those at Estrada Courts in East Los Angeles. More recently his murals have been intentionally painted as temporary art works (i.e., Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California) to be whitewashed later, Gronk has been involved with theater since his teenage ASCO days, through more elaborate stage design for organizations such as the Los Angeles Opera and Santa Fe Opera. His scenic work has also been featured onstage with Latino Theater Company and East West Players. He has collaborated with composer Joseph Julian Gonzalez on Tormenta Cantada, a visual/musical piece performed in 1995 with Kronos Quartet at University of California, Los Angeles. In 2003, Gronk was in residency at University of New Mexico as part of the Cultural Practice/Virtual Styles project. He was also given a career retrospective at the same art institution where Asco famously left its graffiti "tag" years early in protest against the official Chicano art of "Los Four"---Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He also curated "Altares", a small exhibition at UCLA Hammer Museum. Gronk was in residency at University of New Mexico as part of the Cultural Practice/Virtual Styles project. Gronk's murals, paintings on canvas, and widely-collected screen prints, relate to the direct visual aesthetic contained in works by German Expressionist Max Beckmann and the cartoon-like paintings of American Phillip Guston, along with vernacular arts of early civilizations (i.e., Toltec figurines). His work is original and constantly evolving. Gronk is prolific, filling pages of sketchbooks daily, often while enjoying his favorite cup of coffee on the streets of Los Angeles. He mostly paints at night. Gronk joins many first-class artists collaborating with master printers at Tandem Press. His work is represented by Daniel Saxon of Saxon Gallery, West Hollywood, California. Gronk is accessible to students and others, often seen walking all over his home turf (he does not drive), Downtown Los Angeles. Comfortable with the moniker "Chicano artist", Gronk's intense devotion to craft and multi-disciplinary pursuits are informed by a wide knowledge from a myriad of global and historic sources. Directed by Eric Minh Swenson. For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website :thuvanarts.com ART SERIES: thuvanarts.com/take1 MUSIC VIDEOS: thuvanarts.com/musicvideos

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                    • Scion Magazine 15: Robert Berman

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                      Art dealer Robert Berman interviewed at his gallery in Santa Monica, California. For much more go to scionav.com/lifestyle/scionmagazine.

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