Understanding Boyle Heights/The Barrio Through Painting & Photography: Salomon Huerta & Rafael Cardenas

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Building 7 Atrium
Book cover (2016), Rafael Cardenas
Book cover (2016), Rafael Cardenas

Alvaro Huerta, assistant professor of urban and regional planning and ethnic and women's studies, will co-moderate a discussion about art and the urban space featuring artists Salomon Huerta and Rafael Cardenas.

Salomon Huerta is a critically acclaimed artist. Born in Tijuana (Baja California, Mexico), he was raised in Boyle Heights’ Ramona Gardens public housing project. Huerta obtained degrees from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (BFA) and UCLA School of Art (MFA). He first gained critical acclaim and success for his minimalist portraits of the backs of people's heads and color-saturated depictions of houses. Huerta’s art has been exhibited in influential exhibitions, galleries and museums, such as the 2000 Whitney Biennial in New York, the Gagosian Gallery in London, England, and Studio La Città in Verona, Italy. Organized by UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC), Huerta’s art is part of a major exhibition, “Home—So Different, So Appealing,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which will travel to Houston, Texas (Nov. 17, 2017 -- Jan. 21, 2018). Finally, Huerta was a Regents' Lecturer at UCLA (Fall, 2017).

Rafael Cardenas was raised in East LA. As a self-taught photographer, Rafael shoots from a gut level and selects images to evoke feelings of hope within a dark narrative. His book MAS ACA has found its way into many homes and sold out its limited edition run. He was awarded a spot in Metro’s Lightbox Exhibit at the Wilshire/Normandie station. After many years of putting together his own pop-up gallery shows, he’s currently working on his first solo exhibition at Vincent Price Art Museum, opening in Spring of 2018.

The event is co-sponsored by URBAN-LA, the American Planning Associate, Cal Poly Pomona's chapter of the Graduate Planning Association, and the GEMS Club.

Alvaro Huerta