Cypress College Art Gallery

 
O'Cadiz Moctezuma's iconic  Library Mural  at Cypress College, photographed by Julius Schulman, 1970. © J. Paul Getty Trust.  Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

O'Cadiz Moctezuma's iconic Library Mural at Cypress College, photographed by Julius Schulman, 1970. © J. Paul Getty Trust.

Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

 
 
 
 
 
Hostile Terrain  toe-tags filled with death information for deceased border crossers

Hostile Terrain toe-tags filled with death information for deceased border crossers

 
 

Current Exhibitions

J. Sergio O’Cadiz Moctezuma: El Artist

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – Thursday, NOVEMBER 14, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19, 5-9pm

Sergio O’Cadiz Moctezuma’s public artworks, Chicana/o and community-based murals, and studio-based practice made significant, sometimes controversial, contributions to the cultural life of Orange County for over fifty-years. While many of his artworks have been destroyed – most recently in July 2019, at Raitt St. in Santa Ana – Cypress College has proudly conserved O’Cadiz Moctezuma’s stunning concrete relief, Library Mural (left).

Curated by Janet Owen Driggs and presented as part of the SUR:Biennial, this exhibition explores El Artist’s innovative processes for sculpting and coloring poured concrete, and presents paintings, drawings, and public artworks that demonstrate his boundary-crossing creativity. Speaking to the ways in which dominant culture can absorb and erase alternative values and aesthetics, O’Cadiz Moctezuma’s work continues to raise such compelling questions as: Who determines history? Who gets to have a voice in the public arena? What and who is an American?

The exhibition is complemented by a public program that includes talks by the author of the exhibition essay, Gustavo Arelleno – the man behind both !Ask a Mexican! and the Murals Rebeldes L.A. Chicana/Chicano Murals Under Siege foreword and afterword; and Gregorio Luke, former Director of the Museum of Latin American, who “gives cultural lectures with the fervor and reverence of a missionary hungry for converts” (L.A. Times). MORE

READ Gustavo Arellano’s Exhibition Essay HERE

Related Events

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19, 5-9pm

Concrete Casting Workshop, w. Ed Giardina: Mon. Sept. 23, 11am-12.30pm

Gustavo Arelleno – Sergio O’Cadiz, El Artist: Thursday October 3, 1-3pm

Gregorio Luke – Siqueiros: A Revolutionary in Art and Life: October 15, 3-5pm

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Jason De León: Hostile Terrain

Organized by the NOCCCD office of Diversity and Compliance

Located in the Cypress College Theater Lobby

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019

This global pop-up installation and wall-map by anthropologist Jason De León, author of The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail, asks visitors to fill toe-tags with information about the 3,000+ people who have died trying to cross into the U.S. through the Sonoran Desert over the past 25 years, and whose bodies have been found.

The goal of this exhibition is to raise awareness about the United States' brutal immigration enforcement policy known as “Prevention Through Deterrence” that has and continues to claim the lives of thousands of people since the mid-1990’s. Located in the Fine Arts Department Lobby, Cypress College, next to the Art Gallery.

Hostile Terrain is a precursor to the 2020 global participatory exhibition titled “Hostile Terrain 94curated by Dr. De León. 

Part of SUR:Biennial

Related EventS

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19, 6-8pm

CC Dance Department and Maha & Company present Piedras y Luz: Thursday, September 19, 6.30pm

Screening: Border South/Frontera Sur followed by Q & A with director Raúl Paz Pastrana: Thursday, September 19, 4.30-5.40pm

Organized by the NOCCCD office of Diversity and Compliance

Located in the Cypress College Theater

Documentary Border South/Frontera Sur, directed by Raúl Paz Pastrana, melds ethnography and cinema verité to explore the harsh environment and brutal journey of undocumented immigrants from Central America crossing through Mexico towards the United States.

A Mexican immigrant filmmaker, cinematographer, and multimedia creator, Pastrana’s work intersects contemporaryart, political documentary, and visual ethnography to explore themes of “belonging” and “alienation” in immigrant communities. Border South /Frontera Sur is Pastrana's first feature film.  

 

Future Exhibitions

SPRING 2020

SUPERSCOPE Ceramics 2020 

The Students’ Show

FALL 2020

Watch this space!

Exhibition History

Beyond the Pale l Spring Semester, 2019

Trajectories I Spring Semester, 2019

A Different 1% I Fall Semester, 2018

Annual Student Exhibition | Spring Semester, 2018

Authenticate | Spring Semester, 2018

DIS...MISS | Fall Semester, 2017

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About CCAG

Cypress College Art Gallery (CCAG) presents professional and student exhibitions, performances, workshops, lectures, and visiting artists’ projects to enhance Fine Arts coursework, further support student success, and enrich the broader Cypress community. CCAG is located in the gateway area of the Cypress College campus near the campus theater. CCAG is closest to Valley View Street, which is accessible from the 405, 91, and 5 Freeways. Park in Lot 1 in the designated visitor’s area, and remember to purchase a parking pass. Visit the CCAG Facebook Page for more exhibition information.

 

ADDRESS

9200 Valley View Street
Cypress, CA 90630

Gallery Hours

Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and by appointment.

 

Contact

jdriggs@cypresscollege.edu

213 864 1242

Parking

Park in Lot 1. Parking permits can be purchased at a kiosk in front of the Business Building located on the edge of Lot 1.

 

Staff

Janet Owen Driggs, Director 

Kirk Pickler, Exhibitions Manager

Nadia Wallace, Adminstrative Assistant