"El Grito de Mi Raza: Arte Latino en Michigan" (March 10-April 21, 2017) is a beautiful show at Ellen Kayrod Gallery, located in Midtown Detroit right on Woodward Ave, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - MOCAD, and Detroit Artists Market. Co-curated by Diana Alva and Vito Valdez, it features Alvaro Jurado, Nora Chapa Mendoza, Mary A. Luevanos, J. Monte Martinez, Seri Erin Moran Martinez, George Vargas, and Peter Daniel Bernal. The works range from whimsical wood assemblages painted bright yellow (Jurado) and eye-catching popular culture-inspired collages (Vargas) to socially-inspired depictions of Latinx experience (Bernal) and beautiful depictions of animals (Mendoza). There is also a memorial painting in honor of Mary Laredo Herbeck, former curator of the Ellen Kayrod Gallery who passed away in 2010. There is something for everyone in this show.
Join George Vargas and other artists next Friday, March 17 at 1pm for a lecture and panel discussion (free and open to the public). Ellen Kayrod Gallery is a project of the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation and focuses primarily on artists 60 years of age and older. "El Grito de Mi Raza" showcases many Michigan artists with long careers but also includes young, recent arrivals such as Bernal, who moved from Texas to Detroit 1.5 years ago. The works range in price from $150 to several thousand dollars. Many of the artists in the show have been recognized in peer-reviewed arts publications.