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Latino Subjectivity: Contemporary Artistic Convergences and El Velorio Celebration

On November 8th, Plaza de la Raza will host El Velorio’s 4th annual Day of the Dead celebration. El Velorio is a multicultural event celebrating the Mexican traditions of the Day of the Dead by featuring an art exhibition, live music, an altar installation and much more. Every year, thousands of people come together at El Velorio to celebrate the aesthetic convergence of Latino culture and heritage.

El Velorio began in 2010 with the sole purpose of creating a platform for emerging artists to exhibit their work. It quickly transcended into an event that has benefited various non-profit organizations. In 2014, El Velorio choose to donate a portion of the proceeds to  Plaza De la Raza, Los Angeles’ only multidisciplinary community arts venue dedicated to serving the Eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles

This year’s exhibition was curated by Erika Hirugami, a recent UCLA graduate who focused on Art History and Chicano Studies. It will feature a wide selection of works in a variety of  two-dimensional media that range from painting to photography, in an array of genres relating to the Day of the Dead and its subjectivity as interpreted by contemporary artists of the greater Los Angeles area.

The exhibition will feature the hyperrealist depictions of Otto Stürcke’s paintings, alongside the suprarrealism of Isaac Pelayo’s drawings. There will also be Steve Grody’s historical view of the city’s gang culture via photographs and Miguel Angel Mejia’s modern Mexican issues in mixed media via photograph, colliding and conversing about the myriad of ways in which the Latino community is affected on both sides of the border.

Antonio Pelayo, founder of El Velorio, will display an introspection about his own aesthetic development and the footprint he leaves behind as an artist in his own community. Nikko Hurtado and Mark Mahoney, tattoo artists by trade, give us a glimpse into a wider range of art forms and converge with UCLA Chicano Master’s own Alma Lopez, Frank Romero, and Patssi Valdez to bring together an array of instances and subjectivities towards discussing greater Chicano, Latino, and Mexican American concerns of the people in Los Angeles.

El Velorio seeks to generate an alternative space where artists from different backgrounds can come together and aesthetically converse Day of the Dead and modern concerns of Latino society and heritage. By showcasing emerging artists, El Velorio seeks to celebrate the Day of the Dead in a transcendental way that allows visitors to contemplate locally produced aesthetic developments. Also, featuring some renown artists alongside these emergent artists creates a space to converse aesthetically about the Latino subjectivity within the confines of the Latino experience, free of borders and limitations, generating an artistic convergence capable of transcending the local borders of the city, time and space.

For tickets, location, and all other details visit www.elvelorio.com

Images courtesy of Ralph Guzman

LASA’s 16th annual Festival Latino is calling for artists!

Festival Latino is an annual event that the Latin American Student Association (LASA) puts on. Festival Latino was created in 1997 to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Latino culture especially here at UCLA. The “Walk Through Latin America” is a section of the festival that is dedicated to representing the diversity of Latin America through art! This year our “Walk through Latin America” will explore the social political issues happening in various Latin American Countries. If you, or anyone you know, would like to contribute to the Walk Through please contact me, Olivia Ramos, at [email protected] and let me know! All art mediums are welcome! Check out the FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/291469151005641/
– Olivia Ramos

Taco Tuesdays!

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Looking for a casual place where to eat delicious tacos? Check out Tacos El Gallito near UCLA on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Westwood!

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Don’t know what to order? You can always have the classic meat burrito!

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Choose from a varied menu. Tacos, burritos or tortas with different kinds of meats: asada, lengua, tripitas, carnitas, chicken, you ask for it. Most importantly you don’t need to speak Spanish to order a meal. You can order in English if you’d like!

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Like most taco trucks, Tacos El Gallito does not have a restaurant setup with tables and chairs where to enjoy your food. If you are looking for something more formal check out their other location on the corner of Venice Blvd and La Brea Blvd.

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El Gallito Taco truck is open Mon-Thu 5pm-3am, Friday & Saturday 5pm-4am, Sunday 6pm-2am. It’s an ideal place for dinner or late nights out!

-Erika Ramirez