February 20 - March 22, 2003
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Rupert Garcia's new work re-examines images he produced as silkscreens during the turbulent decades of the 1960's and 70's. At that time, Garcia addressed political and social events via protest posters that referenced art and Chicano history, advertising and consumer iconography, the Vietnam War, and the Mexican Revolution. To recontextualize these issues, Garcia has digitized the images on large canvases and hand painted selected areas to enlarge the scale and also the significance. Familiar images such as Angela Davis, Perromictlan (the Aztec dog), Che Guevara, Frida Kahlo, the Cream of Wheat man and others in his personal panoply of political activists and emotionally charged symbols are reconsidered.
Rupert Garcia received a Masters degree in Art History at the University of California, Berkeley and currently is a tenured professor at San Jose State University. His work is included in many museum collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA; The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.