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Casper Banjo 1937-2008: at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

3 Worlds: Myth, Bricks, Prints
Arias, Fuentes, Banjo

August 14 - September 19, 2009
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco

Artists: Luis Arias Vera, Juan R. Fuentes, Casper Banjo
Curators: Art Hazelwood, Rene Yañez

show card Curators Rene Yañez and Art Hazelwood have organized this exhibition which celebrates artists from three very different worlds and ties their work together through a series of events.

Art Hazelwood is paying tribute to African American artist Casper Banjo who was widely known in the Bay Area before he was tragically shot by Oakland Police last year. Banjo was known as the "Brick Man" for his use of bricks which he used in a surprising range of imagery. This memorial retrospective explores the breadth of his work.

Rene Yañez has put together the work of Luis Arias Vera and Juan Fuentes. Vera, born in Peru, and now living in Berkeley has strong ties in Spain where he has been commissioned to create a significant public art sculpture. He will present a body of paintings as well as the on site creation of new work in collaboration with his son Adrian Arias and other artists.

Fuentes has been a part of the Chicano poster movement since the early 1970s. He has created screenprint posters for countless community groups and political causes. He was director of MCCLA's Mission Grafica screen print studio, from 1999 to 2007. Fuentes will be presenting linocuts and silkscreen prints and displaying sketches and photographs from his participation in a contingent of Bay Area artists visiting Peru.

Special Events: Casper Banjo Commemoration
Saturday, August 29, 3-5pm
The Casper Banjo commemorative event will include Tomye Neal-Madison and other guest speakers and musical performances by Pastor Michael Robinson and the Gospel Angels, with the participation of Casper's niece Akili Banjo. Artist/Curator Art Hazelwood will be printing on site a limited edition commemorative poster available to guests in attendance free of charge.

Video of Art Hazelwood discussing Casper Banjo

An essay by Art Hazelwood More of Casper Banjo's artwork at M. Lee Stone Fine Prints.