Chicano Art History: Presentations by Salvador Queso Torres Mar 21-April 15

Learn firsthand the history and development of the
Chicano visual arts and muralism in San Diego with artist
Salvador “Queso” Torres

Sponsored by MEChA and the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department
San Diego City College

Open to the general public. Free events

More information

Juanita Lopez
MEChA president, City College

Enrique Davalos
Chicano and Chicana Studies Department Chair, City College

Four Presentations

Centro Cultural de la RazaMarch 21, Thursday, 6-8 pm, in attendance: Prof. Abel Macias, Chicana and Chicano Studies City College and Mesa College. Meeting at the Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd., Balboa Park. More info Centro Cultural de la Raza, Prof. Abel Macias: 408.219.8891
Cesar Chavez ParkApril 3, Wednesday, 2:20-3:45 pm, in attendance: Prof. Jade Sotomayor, Chicana and Chicano Studies City College. Meeting at the Cesar Chavez Park, 1449 Cesar E. Chavez Parkway in San Diego, CA. 92113-- near the Barrio Logan Blue Line trolley stop, follow the bay to the left if you are looking north. Meet up by the Huelga Eagle statue/tree that’s near the entrance to the park. More info on Cesar Chavez Park
Chicano ParkApril 9, Tuesday, 11:10 to 2:10 pm, in attendance: Profs. Elva Salinas and Justin Akers, English and Chicana and Chicano Studies City College.  Info on Chicano Park
City CollegeApril 15, Monday, 9:35-11 am, Room MS 462, Overview San Diego Chicano Art, in attendance: Profs. Alicia Lopez and Enrique Davalos Chicana and Chicano Studies City College

Salvador Roberto “Queso” Torres, born in 1936, spent the majority of his first six years on a cotton plantation in Northern California-remembering using the “short hoe” as he worked alongside his parents in the fields at this very young age. In 1942, the Torres family started a new life in Barrio Logan. It is at this time that his experiences formed close to heart his dedication to the community, as his home was one of dozens that were bulldozed to make way for the construction of the Coronado Bridge. Torres chose to take on the challenge of “making something tragic into something beautiful”, and thus began a life time of work and dedication to the creation of incredible mural art, the transformation of Chicano Park, and to Barrio Logan.

Torres has constructed 6 major murals in San Diego, as well as facilitated the creation and application of a majority of murals, most notably those found in Chicano Park. Described as “the most important Mexican American artist and Chicano Activist of his generation” by Jorge Mariscal, Prof. of Literature at UCSD, Torres ‘s track record includes picketing and marching for farm worker’s rights, teaching art and mural art to children, and of being the creator of one of the most recognized symbols of Chicano/Chicana Civil Rights Movement-the “Viva La Raza” series with the image of a red phoenix rising. (LaPrensa de San Diego)


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