Homeboy Industries to Hold Exhibit at CSUSB

"Bridging Homeboy Industries: Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu and Juan Carlos Mu??oz Hernandez" on display October 6

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: September 29, 2014

Homeboy Industries to Hold Exhibit at CSUSB

"Bridging Homeboy Industries: Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu and Juan Carlos Mu??oz Hernandez" will be on display Oct. 6, 2014-Jan. 31, 2015 at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at Cal State San Bernardino. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 4-6 p.m. with a special, artist-led preview at 3 p.m.

Shown for the first time in the Inland Empire, "Bridging Homeboy Industries" includes painting, sculpture, and collaborative work by three artists who share roots in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, a close-knit community impacted by poverty and violence. This traveling exhibition, organized by guest curator and CSUSB assistant professor of visual studies Annie Buckley, originated in 2013 at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. It will be presented at CSUSB with several community-based art features.

The artists also will participate in a community mural on Friday, Oct. 3, with participants from the Path of Life Ministries Family Shelter at the Riverside Art Museum. Path of Life is a non-profit service agency committed to serving the homeless, at-risk youth and lower-income family populations of Riverside County.

In addition, the Riverside Art Museum will display documentation of a collaborative mural between students from the CSUSB Community-based Art Program and inmates at the California Institute for Men, a prison in Chino. Students have led art classes there since January 2013. Photographs of the mural in process, by CSUSB M.F.A. candidate and prison art program intern, Andrew K. Thompson, will be on view alongside the new community mural.

Kizu and Mu??oz Hernandez each participated in this prison program as guest artists, on campus and at the prison, respectively. A reception for the artists will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, from 6 -9 p.m. at the Riverside Art Museum.

On Thursday, Oct. 16, community organizations, campus groups, service providers, and individuals from the local and campus communities are invited to come together to learn from one another, share ideas and resources, and find solutions to better serve the needs of system-affected individuals and communities, specifically those impacted by incarceration. Bridging the Gap: Community Forum, co-facilitated by The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (www.antirecidivism.org) and the CSUSB Community-based Art Program, will be held at 6 p.m. at RAFFMA.

Buckley will lead a tour of the "Bridging Homeboy Industries" exhibition on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. Following the tour, enjoy $1 tacos, sponsored by a generous donation from Zendejas Mobile Taco Man, with proceeds supporting Homeboy Industries.

Throughout the exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to support Homeboy Industries by purchasing a collaborative print, "One Must Return" (2012), created by Debora, Kizu and Mu??oz Hernandez and Otis Lab Press and donated to Homeboy Industries.

The three artists' distinctive styles come together in a limited edition letterpress print on view in the Public Practice Print installation at RAFFMA and available for the special sliding scale rate of $75-$125 each for the run of this exhibition only.

Father Gregory Boyle, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, is scheduled to speak at RAFFMA on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. A reception for this special event, as well as the Public Practice Print Installation will be held from 4-6 p.m.

In addition to being an assistant professor of visual studies, guest curator Buckley originated and facilitates the Community-based Art Program at CSUSB. The program is an initiative of student-led art programs throughout the Inland Empire at sites with limited access to art.

Buckley also is an interdisciplinary artist, author and art critic. Her curatorial projects have been on view at Ben Maltz Gallery, Luckman Gallery and P?ÿST, and her writing about contemporary art has been published

by The Los Angeles Review of Books, Artforum, Art in America, The Huffington Post, Artillery, KCET Artbound and other publications. Buckley earned her M.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design in 2003.


The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a Washington, D.C.,-based organization whose members must meet the highest standards in securing accreditation. It is the only accredited art museum in San Bernardino.

Over its 18-year history, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. The museum houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $5. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $5 per vehicle.

The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and is closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website at http://raffma.csusb.edu.

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