Exhibits Now

February 12 to April 16 2011

Enrique Chagoya: Surviving
Paradise/Sobreviviendo el Paraíso

Location: Gatehouse Gallery

A solo exhibition by renowned Bay Area artist Enrique Chagoya, Surviving Paradise/ Sobreviviendo el Paraíso features significant new work and a selection of previous pieces by the artist highlighting several themes that he has explored throughout his artistic career: immigration, colonization, political struggle, economics and cultural appropriation. Like certain artistic predecessors including Francisco Goya, Honoré Daumier, and José Clemente Orozco, Chagoya applies an observational and poetically critical eye on the follies of society’s institutions.
“Paradise” as a critical lens has been a preoccupation of Chagoya’s throughout his artistic career. As di Rosa curator Robert Wuilfe writes, “The Paradise we see in Chagoya’s work springs not from an untouched pastoral utopia, but rather represents the strivings, obligations and impositions of complex global economic and political forces.” Through masterful drawings, prints, books, and sculptural objects included in the exhibition, Chagoya forces us to confront a Paradise that is increasingly heralded by a universe of product logos, standardized pop-culture, and purveyors of adjustable rate mortgages.
Chagoya is a master of appropriation, creating a complicated and satirical juxtaposition of narratives that destabilizes the viewer’s point of view.  Without preaching or overtly pushing any agenda other than sanity, Chagoya encourages us to surrender the luxury of a single perspective. His ongoing project of “reverse anthropology”—in which he places the symbols of a dominant American culture into a visual context heavily influenced by pre-Columbian visual language—asks us to reexamine the costs and legacies of an often absurd and inhumane world.
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 19, 6-8 PM. Members’ Preview 5-6 PM
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, March 10, 7 PM. $10/$5 Members. Please RSVP via email or call 707.226.5991 x27.
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Enrique Chagoya was born in Mexico City in 1953. He immigrated to the United States in the late 1970s and graduated with a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute, then went on to receive an M.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1995, Chagoya has been teaching printmaking at Stanford University. He is a prolific artist whose works hang in some of the nation’s most esteemed galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum.
(image) Enrique Chagoya, Too Big, 2009. Courtesy Gallery Paule Anglim

Selections From the di Rosa Collection

Location: Gatehouse Gallery
A sampling of work by well known Bay Area artists including David Best, Joan Brown, Deborah Butterfield, Viola Frey, Robert Hudson, Manuel Neri, Richard Shaw, William Wiley, and others.

Selections From the di Rosa Collection

Location: In the Main Gallery
Work from 1957 to the present in all media by Bay Area artists including William Allan, Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Bruce Connor, Imogen Cunningham, Jay DeFeo, Roy De Forest, Wally Hedrick, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, David Ireland, Mike Henderson, Mildred Howard, Robert Hudson, Jim Melchert, Bruce Nauman, David Park, Alan Rath, Raymond Saunders, Larry Sultan, William Wiley, and others.