Manongs, Some Doors, and a Bouquet of Crates
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is thrilled to exhibit “Manongs, Some Doors, and a Bouquet of Crates”, a survey exhibition of the works of Carlos Villa, circa 1970-2011.
Influenced by investigations of his own Filipino heritage, the intricacies of immigrant identities and experiences, Villa’s work has consistently challenged the bounds of the “multicultural,” while resisting expectations that it remain there.
“Manongs, Some Doors, and a Bouquet of Crates” presents his latest work – minimalist engravings of time, meditation, and the human experience. Mr. Villa's renowned “Doors” series from the 1970s will be exhibited in the MCCLA Main Gallery.
Select drawings, photographs, and ceremonial attire will also be on display. The works are visual metaphors for the intercultural weaving that is the essence of his work.
This exhibition is funded in part by The San Francisco Foundation.
Carlos Villa is currently a Full Professor in the Painting department at the San Francisco Art Institute. He founded “Worlds In Collision” – an interdisciplinary symposium series and Filipino American Art History Curriculum (www.worldsincollision.org). Villa has exhibited his work internationally, including exhibitions at Syntex Gallery, Palo Alto, CA; INTAR Gallery, New York; and the American Academy in Rome, Italy. His work is in the collections of Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba; Columbia University, New York; the Oakland Museum of California; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Villa is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Rockefeller Travel Grant, and the SFAI Adaline Kent Award.