An exhibit opening this weekend at downtown’s LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes helps commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Eastside’s Chicna feminist collective Mujeres de Maíz.

“Mujeres de Maíz: Twenty Years of ARTivism & Herstory en L.A.” celebrates “twenty years of visual and healing arts as well as political, social, and spiritual work that encourage women’s creativity and empowerment,” according to the LA Plaza website. Visitors will be able to explore the collective’s work  “through paintings, clothing, historic photographs, ephemera, and fascinating installations.”

One of the artists to be featured in the exhibit is Northern California’s Crystal Galindo:

To coincide the show’s opening, Mujeres de Maíz will hold its 20th Anniversary Live Art Show Festival on Saturday, March 4, with doors opening and vendors and food available at  5 and performance at 6 p.m.  

The collective website describes the evening planned as “an Intercultural, Interdisciplinary Intergenerational Arts Experience with performance ofrendas of music, spoken word, dance, artisans, vendors, and more featuring womyn and queer/trans people of color.”

An article published this week in the LA Weekly says the work done by the Mujer de Maíz collective is especially relevant in these times of community fear over ICE raids and deportations.

Tickets for the festival range from $10-100 and are available here.

“Mujeres de Maíz: Twenty Years of ARTivism & Herstory en LA” can be seen through May 29 at LA Plaza, 501 North Main Street Los Angeles. Open noon to 5 pm, Monday through Thursday and noon to 6 pm Friday through Sunday.  Closed Tuesdays. Admission FREE.


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