Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers / Soñadores + creadores del cambio

  • May 12, 2022 - January 1, 2023
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Location: Museum of Anthropology at UBC
  • Address:
  • 6393 North West Marine Drive
  • Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
  • Admission: From $13.00

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC and The Americas Research Network (ARENET) announce the world premiere of Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers / Soñadores + creadores del cambio, on display at MOA from May 12, 2022–January 1, 2023. The exhibition will showcase for the first time in Canada the rich traditions of 33 Xicanx artists, whose art practices draw on their Mexican-American heritage and generations of activism that began as part of El Movimiento, the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s in the U.S. The exhibition is a celebration of the many Xicanx artists who have and continue to combine art and activism in the vital, ongoing fight for social justice for all. Xicanx is jointly curated by Greta de León, Executive Director of The Americas Research Network, and Jill Baird, Curator of Education at MOA.

Xicanx features artworks by 33 Mexican American artists from Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, New York and Texas, most exhibiting in Canada for the first time. The exhibition is centered around five themes: neighbourhoods, identity, borderlands, home, and activism. The works span from 1970 to 2022, and encompass predominantly paintings and prints, but also sculptural works, multimedia, and a newly commissioned, site-specific altar installation with a spoken-word video component celebrating “Rasquachismo,” a term coined by eminent Chicano scholar Tomás Ybarra Frausto. Each theme will be accompanied by quotes from Xicanx writers, scholars or artists, thereby centering the voices of the community as the authors of their own story. Representing an expansive collection of Xicanx works, diverse in form, aesthetic, and theme, the curatorial variety showcases an inherent strength in the movement’s diversity of thought, influence, and practice, while inclusive of their shared intercultural and intersectional identities.

Museum of Anthropology 
May 12, 2022 to January 1, 2023

Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers / Soñadores + creadores del cambio
6393 North West Marine Drive