DEPS - Department of Exhibitions, Performance & Student Spaces Columbia College Chicago

September 5-November 4, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, September 15, 2017, 5-8pm

¡Sí, Se Puede! is an exhibition that connects the legacy of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and their work with the UFW (United Farm Workers) Movement to current artistic practices centering on education, history, acts of resistance, and community work in Chicago. For the exhibition, five artists have immersed themselves in the UFW archives to use the documents, images, and publications they found as springboards for creating new works. A selection of’ photographs by Victor Alemán, Cesar Chavez’s personal photographer, is also included to provide illuminating historical context of the UFW movement. ¡Sí, Se Puede! extends beyond this gallery along the Wabash Arts Corridor—with two new murals being painted in September—and stretches west to partners in Pilsen and Little Village. This program provides a crucible for creating a dialogue about self-determination movements and the relationships among the archive, history, and current contemporary culture.

Participating artists: Victor Alemán, William Estrada, Ian Kerstetter, Nicole Marroquin, Victoria Martinez, and Gloria "Gloe" Talamantes, with murals by Hector Duarte and Sam Kirk.

This exhibition is organized and curated by Meg Duguid with related programming facilitated by Rogelio Becerra-Ramirez.


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This exhibition is generously funded by a grant from The Joyce Foundation and created with support from Cesar Chavez Foundation, United Farm Workers Foundation, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Chavez Institute for Law and Social Justice, and Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs.


Exhibition Contact: Meg Duguid, Director of Exhibition, / 312-369-8686

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 am–5 pm, Thursday 9 am–7 pm, Saturday 12 pm–5 pm