Mujeres de Maiz started creating pop up exhibitions in 1997, since then our one day pop up art shows featuring all womxn, femme and gender non conforming artivists have transformed to month long exhibitions featuring intergenerational, intercultural holistic artivists from beginning, established and veteran artists.
Weaving our Legacies thru prayer March 9th - April 5, 2018 at SHG
We use prayer to set intentions, send positivity and gratitude, and prepare. This year's theme of Weaving our Legacies Thru Prayer represents ties we make to one another and to our paths of healing and self-love. As womxn of the earth connected to our spiritual powers, we set prayers: through affirmations for self-respect and health, through healing friendships we foster, through mandos we make to ánimas and santos, through our dedication to family, and through the multiplicity of borders we cross and inhabit.
This year, Mujeres de Maíz asks artistas to submit verbal and visual exhibitions of this space of prayer, healing, ties, and self-love. What types of prayers do you practice? How do you tie prayer and intentions across friendships and families? Which parts of community or self are illuminated with these practices? In what ways do connections to the spiritual and to borders pave the way towards self-love and healing?
Womxn Warriors: Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Walkouts & Intergenerational Organizing.
A project and program in collaboration with Mujeres de Maiz, Self Help Graphics & Art, Innercity Struggle, and The California Endowment.
Exhibition 3/17.19 thru 5/30/18
The Art exhibition features womxn of color that are honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Walkouts focusing on their contributions and intergenerational organizing. The exhibition includes archival material, work by walkout participants, and new work inspired by the movement.
Exhibiting Artists included:
Andi Xoch, Bianka Miranda, Claudia Bibiano, Clover, Gabriela Yoque, Claudia D. Hernández, FE (Felicia Montes), Gabriella Claro, Joan Zeta, Las Fotos Project, Liliflor Arte, Margaret Quica Alarcon, Marisol Torres, Margarita Cuaron, Ramona Garcia/ Nancy Ledesma, Norma Coronado, Sarah Habib, Stephanie Godoy, and Soledad Alatorre. As well as archival items from Innercity Struggle, and the Cal State LA Special Collections archive of Gloria Arellanes.
Mujeres de Maiz: Twenty Years of ARTivism & Herstory en LA
March 4th- May 29th, 2017
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes - 501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Mujeres de Maiz welcome visitors to Mujeres de Maiz: Twenty Years of ARTivism & Herstory en L.A. Celebrating twenty years of visual and healing arts as well as political, social, and spiritual work that encourage women’s creativity and empowerment, Los Angeles-based collective Mujeres de Maiz has transformed LA Plaza's galleries into a living codex which brings their unique history and culture to life. Visitors are invited to discover MdM through paintings, clothing, historic photographs, ephemera, and fascinating installations. Engage all of your senses as you explore an experiential art space, browse the zine library, and encounter artistic interventions across LA Plaza.
Mujeres de Maiz, a prolific women’s ARTivist (artist + activist) and wellness collective, combines traditions of feminist, LGBTQ, and civil rights activism with indigenous practices to create sacred spaces within diverse communities. Since its 1997 founding in Los Angeles, the group has collaborated with many organizations and had over 11,000 people attend their more than 200 events, including live art shows, poetry processions, and wellness workshops. Mujeres de Maiz: Twenty Years of ARTivism & Herstory en L.A celebrates MdM's contributions to the "herstory" and rich culture of women's empowerment emerging from Eastside of LA, as well as an extensive, women-centric, spiritually charged body of art, performance, and activism.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Mujeres de Maiz encourage visitors to experience this collective’s many different parts, which are rooted in ancestral knowledge and connect the mind, body, and spirit. We honor the legacy of women’s culturally, politically, and spiritually grounded creativity, and are dedicated to empowering future generations—for the next twenty years and beyond.