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Robert T. Matsui Art Gallery

City Hall Gallery
Located at Sacramento City Hall,  915 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. 
Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm


Women I Have Encountered
Malaquias Montoya

August 15 - November 3, 2019

Reception and Artist Talk - Free and Open for All!
Friday, September 27, 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm, City Hall Room 1119

Women I Have Encountered is an exhibition celebrating the contribution of women, selected from 40 years of work created by Malaquias Montoya, UC Davis professor emeritus of Chicano studies and art.

This exhibition includes Montoya’s powerful charcoal drawings, collage works and silkscreen prints, alongside his larger painted narratives, all of which depict the strength and extraordinary role of women during both peaceful and turbulent times. Montoya’s portraits of women include a series titled A Moment of Silence, in which a solitary woman reflects after hearing of César Chávez’s passing.

Montoya’s unique visual expression is an art of protest, depicting the resistance and strength of humanity in the face of injustice and the necessity to unite behind that struggle. Well known for his silkscreen prints, Montoya is credited by historians as one of the founders of the social serigraphy movement in the Bay Area in the mid-1960s. He has lectured and taught at numerous colleges and universities including Stanford, UC Berkeley, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Texas, San Antonio. He taught at California College of Arts and Crafts for 12 years, followed by 19 years teaching at UCD until his retirement in 2008. Montoya is co-founder of Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer, a community-based art center in Woodland, CA. In 2011, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center published a full-length monograph about Montoya and his work. A catalog titled Women I Have Encountered was produced by the Vacaville Museum and is available for purchase.

For all inquiries regarding this exhibition, please contact Lorrie Kempf: [email protected]


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