A Look at the Que Chola Exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center


Photo: Chris Roybal

Albuquerque’s National Hispanic Cultural Center is “dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities.” This is done through their art museum, genealogy center, educational resources, library, and over 700 events. One such event is Qué Chola, an art exhibit featuring 28 artists and their artistic interpretations of la chola. The NHCC’s description of the show, which runs from March 8 to August 8, gives a little more insight into its inspiration:

“The Chola is a significant figure in the Latina imagination for the ways that she represents a feminine strength, power, and resilience in the face of racial, gender, and economic adversity. She is a figure that many young Latinas in the U.S. admire and emulate. The last few years have seen a surge in interest in the Chola as a figure and this exhibition will explore this dynamic from a feminist perspective through art and popular culture.”

In addition to art, in the form of paintings, photography, art on a lowrider, sculpture, and more, there is also a Qué Chola Photo Board, which gave people “an opportunity to honor the Cholas in our lives, past and present, by sharing photos of homegirls showing off their style and pride.” Artists participating in the show are:

Adriana Avila and Benjamin Avila
All Chola
Amy Martinez, Kari Orvik, and Vero Majano
Andrew Montoya
Antonia Fernandez
Arthur López
Blackout Theater
Jesús “Chuy” Rangel
Crystal Galindo
David Gonzales
Delilah Montoya
Eddyrose
Gaspar Enríquez
iLash
Judith F. Baca
Miguel Gandert
Nancy Camacho
Nanibah Chacon
Pamela Enriquez-Courts
Póla López
Rebekah Miles
Shizu Saldamando
Valerie J. Bower
Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin
Vicko Alvarez Vega
Zeke Peña

To celebrate this dope art show celebrating chola and Chicana culture and history, especially in the Southwest, we are going to take a look at 15 pieces of art that you will see there.

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