Our Programs

Visual Arts & Exhibitions

On Film: Capturing the Then & Now

On Film: Capturing the Then and Now showcases the work of artists who use film to explore self-representation, identity, and pop culture. The works of Djali Brown-Cepeda of Nuevayorkinos, Eliana Cetto, Jasmine Garcia, Thalia Gochez, Omar Juarez (El Olms), Javier Mendoza Fonseca, and Felix Quintana invoke strong feelings of nostalgia, tell the often-bittersweet stories of diasporas, and speak to communities' resilience through difficult times all while uplifting their truths.

Past Visual Arts Programming

Unicorns, Aliens, & Futuristic Cities: Speculative Latinidades

The exhibition Unicorns, Aliens, and Futuristic Cities explores the work of artists who use science fiction to reveal nuances in history, culture, and Latinx identity. Artists Claudia Blanco, James Canales, Jorge Gonzalez, Javier Martinez, Michael Menchaca, Veronica Rojas, and Stephany Sanchez present art in different mediums that reimagines a world in which the fantastical exists, history is explored through an animated lens, and viewers are asked to face their past while still moving forward.


21st Latino Art Now! Art Auction & Exhibition

Latino Art Now! Auction & Exhibition

Exhibition April 5 – May 18, 2019

Auction Saturday, May 18, 2019

Time 6 – 10 pm

Tickets maclaauction2019.eventbrite.com



April 5 – May 18, 2019

View the very best in contemporary Latino art from the Bay Area and beyond. Free and open to the public during gallery hours.


Art Auction

Saturday, May 18, 2019

$100 online / $125 at the door / $30 proxy bid

6 – 7 pm Reception + Auction Preview

7 – 10 pm Live Auction


Buy It Now!

Artwork designated as BUY IT NOW! Can be purchased between April 5-May 18, 2019.


Brunch with MACLA Now!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

10:30 am – 12 pm

Exclusive Auction Preview & Conversation.


MACLA Southwest Airlines Raffle

Enter our raffle for a chance to win two Southwest Airlines round-trip tickets to anywhere Southwest flys (domestic and international). Two drawings the night of the auction. Ticket holders need not be present to win. Drawing will be held May 18, 2019. All proceeds benefit MACLA and its programs. Terms and conditions apply. Contact MACLA staff to purchase $25 raffle ticket or for more information.

The auction welcomes both experienced and first-time collectors. Auction proceeds support MACLA’s programs, which reach over 35,000 people annually.

Collectors can preview the artwork on sale during gallery hours. The preview is free and open to the public. For more information: (408) 998-2783, www.maclaarte.org


7th Xicanx Biennial: Muxeres Rising

Dec 7, 2018 - Mar 10, 2019
Works of Shizu Saldamando, Vanessa “Agana” Espinoza, Pilar Agüero-Esparza

7th Xicanx Biennial: Muxeres Rising

Dec 7, 2018 - Mar 10, 2019
Works of Vanessa “Agana” Espinoza, Pilar Agüero-Esparza, Mitsy Ávila Ovalles, and Yolanda Guerra

7th Xicanx Biennial: Muxeres Rising

Dec 7, 2018 - Mar 10, 2019
Works of Vanessa “Agana” Espinoza and Stephany Sanchez

7th Xicanx Biennial: Muxeres Rising

Dec 7, 2018 - Mar 10, 2019
Works of Johana Moscoso, Erika Gómez Henao, Yolanda Guerra

7th Xicanx Biennial: Muxeres Rising

Dec 7, 2018 - Mar 10, 2019
Works of Yvonne Escalante, Sandra Antongiorgi, Natalia Anciso, & Elizabeth Blancas
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7th Xicanx Biennial | Muxeres Rising

The 7th Xicanx Biennial: Muxeres Rising exhibition highlights the artwork of 13 self-identified Latinx women who are disrupting and redefining social norms. Muxeres Rising underlines roles that Latinx women embody in the past and present through narratives of their communities, families, and homelands, all while openly critiquing the repressive qualities of American politics and Latino culture.

As of November 2018, an unprecedented number of children remain separated from their families within detention centers. In her work, Stephany Sanchez simplifies her resistance by stating “No More Cages” as news surrounding detained children continue to polarize American society. Natalia Anciso creates work establishing solidarity with detained children and their families. With powerful illustrations of families embracing and the use of an emergency blanket as a canvas, Anciso constructs a visual representation of family separation at U.S. borders.  

Muralist Jessica Sabogal, appropriates American propaganda to create a new narrative starring her own Latinx hero with their head held high. Sabogal fuses indigenous Colombian patterns with the American flag and simply expresses Walls can’t keep out greatness.  

Johana Moscoso shares the Ingrid López Project honoring a relative who was instrumental in assisting immigrants both during and post-arrival to the U.S. Moscoso create empathy by embroidering Ingrid’s skirts with abstract maps that trace time, labor, and nostalgia.  

Vanessa “Agana” Espinoza counters white xenophobic narrative by asserting America as a land of immigrants. Her work emphasizes the indigenous connection with nature and culture as a source of pride, love, and freedom.  

Yvonne Escalante’s installation looks at the absurdity of seeking easy fixes to unimaginably complex global issues. Escalante visualizes and fabricates four medical kits named Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death referencing the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Escalante reimagined them as an arcade claw machine which encapsulates the frustration and tension of trying to clench much needed solutions during the inconceivable issues of today. 


Muxeres Rising highlights portraits and compositions that seek to energize Latinx women spiritually and politically. In Sashiko, Wish Candy, Shizu Saldamando pays homage to a queer artist who encourages their social media followers to resist and persevere with whimsy and humor, many of whom may be struggling with marginalization and depression. Elizabeth Blancas submits imagery of a meaningful trans influencer to demand the inevitable non-binary future for the LGBTQ community which is currently under attack. Sandra Atongiorgi stages a tryptic of self-portraits sharing her own process of overcoming personal trauma with a warrior’s spirit.  


The mural of Pilar Agüero-Esparza investigates the experience of skin tone and its social and racial implications. Using geometric abstraction along with a skin-tone palette, Agüero-Esparza depicts evidence that skin cannot be reduced to a single color, when in reality, skin is spectrum of tones “woven” together. Struggling with the pressure of whiteness in America the self-portrait of Erika Gómez Henao provides a critique of racism perpetuated by socially prescribed labels. Henao questions “Am I white enough?”  

While the work of these artists touch upon the topics of identity and immigration politics, Yolanda Guerra focuses on the role of women within Latino culture. Guerra utilizes an ironing board with a cabinet to scrutinize roles women have traditionally played within Latino households. In Yolanda Guerra’s piece Strength, Will and Power of Protest, Guerra tells a story with imagery of female genitalia to challenge the notion that women should be domesticated.  

On the other hand, Mitsy Ávila Ovalles reclaims the domestic role of Latinx women in her inclusion of nostalgic items associated with the role Latinx women play in the household. While she portrays warmth in homemaking she juxtaposes it with soap bars spelling out pain reflecting the delicate balance she must maintain in her role as a wife and as a practicing artist. Ovalles simultaneously reveals the legacy of 1980’s L.A. Dodger, Fernando Valenzuela, a Mexican pitcher that became the face of Latinos in Major League Baseball. Valenzuela’s influence symbolized assimilation for Mexican families, but even with influencers like Valenzuela, Xicanx families are still being displaced. Ovalles returns to connect the displaced ghosts of Chavez Ravine with the Jose Mesa Velasquez mural being erased from the Payless building on the East Side of San Jose. With a broad-stroke, these images reflect equal joy and pain of Latinx culture.   

This survey of Latinx art showcases just how latinx muxeres have felt vulnerable but also empowered to challenge American and Latino power structures. The artists rise to hold their communities together, to humanize people, and to resist silencing. Muxeres Rising reflects perseverance in the face of adversity. 

Curated by Damian Kelly 

Assisted by  Ambar Gonzalez and Carla Paredes

Classic Tracks: Migrating Rhythms | Solo Exhibition of New Work by Carlos Rolón

Sep 5 – Nov 11, 2018

Classic Tracks: Migrating Rhythms

Solo Exhibition of New Work by Carlos Rolón/Dzine

Sep 5 – Nov 11, 2018 

Classic Tracks: Migrating Rhythms is a celebration of migration and the music of cultures that make up the Bay Area. Presented alongside the regional mobility-themed exhibition New Terrains: Mobility & Migration by the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA).

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