1976 – 2019

 Durón Gallery Exhibitions 2016-2019

20 Years of the UCLA/SPARC Digital Mural Lab

Tomboys by Christina Schlesinger: June 8th – August 16th, 2019


SPARC presents Christina Schlesinger in the  Durón Gallery . Tomboys features a vibrant collection of artworks by Christina Schlesinger that examines the intersections between gender, identity, fashion, sex, and representation. The exhibition includes over twenty mixed media oil paintings that explore self-portraiture, feminist nudes, and lesbian sex. Schlesinger’s body of work honors tomboys everywhere and contributes to an evolving conversation on gender and identity.


July 19 by Ellie Shakiba: July 19th- August 9th, 2019

July 19 Exhibition (3)

 July 19 by Ellie Shakiba is an exhibition of photos and videos documenting Australia’s inhumane offshore detention center on the remote island nation of Nauru. Shakiba created the images while imprisoned for nearly six years in the Nauru Regional Processing Centre where she was held after fleeing Iran in 2013 to seek asylum in Australia. July 19 at SPARC marks the premiere of Shakiba’s images in the United States.

The title and opening date of the show, July 19, marks the six-year anniversary of the signing of the Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RRA) by the Prime Ministers of Australia and Papua New Guinea in 2013. The RRA built upon Australia’s already harsh policies to deter migrants attempting to reach Australia by boat. Since the fall of 2012, Australia has forcibly turned away refugees arriving in Australian waters by boat, even towing the vessels back to their points of origin, or transferred refugees to offshore island detention centers, where they face intolerable conditions for years on end. The RRA created a hardline policy in which no migrants attempting to reach Australia by boat could ever be resettled in Australia, regardless of refugee status. In the words of Shakiba “The 19th of July is the worst day of many people’s lives.”

While incarcerated on Nauru, Ellie Shakiba documented the living conditions of her fellow refugees with first a PSP gaming console and later a camera secretly sent to her. Defying strict rules forbidding recordings of any kind, Shakiba produced some of the only first-hand photos and video of the detention center on Nauru. Her bravery and journalism have played an important role in alerting the world to the plight of refugees held in Australia’s offshore detention centers, such as Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, a tiny island nation nearly 200 miles north of Papua New Guinea. The last children held in detention on Nauru were resettled in the US as refugees in February of this year, largely in part due to the impact of Shakiba’s photos.

“Many of my stories, video, and photography were used by media outlets all over the world. I was credited with playing a major role in ending the illegal detention of children in Nauru through my media activities, documentaries, and reports.”

Her images continue to play an important role in alerting the public to the plight of the refugees still held on Nauru and Manus in unimaginable conditions. July 19 at SPARC marks the premiere of Shakiba’s images in the United States. Ellie Shakiba arrived in Los Angeles this February as part of a resettlement deal Australia signed with the US during the Obama administration. 

20 Years of the UCLA/SPARC Digital Mural Lab: January 24 – April 8 , 2017
20 Years of The UCLA/SPARC Digital Mural Lab showcases a sampling of projects that highlight instruction, community organizing, research and artistic production.  These projects are emblematic of partnerships with nonprofit advocacy groups, civic institutions, public schools and municipalities that provide students, artists, academics and community members an alternative model for articulating community needs.  The images in the show are small scale reproductions of large scale permanently installed public artworks or, in the case of the CARECEN mural, represents a major phase in the artistic production.  In any case, the final image memorializes a much more expansive scope of work that establishes the lab as preeminent partner of vulnerable and underrepresented communities.
The Inuit Send the World a Canary: May 13 – June 24, 2017
“The Inuit Send the World a Canary” is an exhibition of the ninth panel added to The World Wall, A Vision of the Future Without Fear.  Designed by artist Tania Godoroja Pearse, the mural speaks to the issues of global warming and the exploitation of natural resources, and their profound and uncontrolled destruction of Canadian life and landscapes.  Inspired by Sheila Watt-Cloutier who brought international attention to the spectra of global warming changes in the north several years ago at a circumpolar conference, the rampant nonrenewable resource development in the form of mining, oil sands and shale gas extraction, along with leaking oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing our waterways and lands like a web of bleeding arteries, continue to threaten our collective ways of living and the natural systems we all depend on.  The exhibition will document the process of producing the mural as well as the activism surrounding it.
TOMBOYS: Christina Schlesinger (SPARC Co-Founder) and invited artists:
July 8 – September 9, 2017  
Christina Schlesinger exhibits mixed media paintings based on images and memories as a tomboy. Painted on her tomboy clothing: jeans, flannels, and T-shirt, the work reflects her clothing as an expression of resisting gendered norms.  “I fought with my mother over wearing dresses. I wanted to wear pants, shoot marbles, and ride my bike really fast. I led a little gang that stole comic books from Scannel’s drug store. That bright and sturdy tomboy spirit saved and saves me.”  The “Tomboys” paintings fit snugly within a body of work that draws on images from all aspects of Ms. Schlesinger’s life, much of it informed by a collage aesthetic that combines images with other materials. “Now that I’m at the other end of my life, I’m thinking of who can be my mentors as I’m getting older. And I thought of my grandmothers. Grandmother Schlesinger was a suffragette, and Grandmother Cannon wrote books and was a classmate of Gertrude Stein.”
Influences of cultural iconography  “ Ni de aqui ni de alla”:
September 23 – November 17, 2017
Migration has played a major role on the influence of Mexicano/Chicano/Mexican-American and what is today called Latino art in the United States. The impact of artists living this dual reality across borders from Oaxaca, to Mexico City, Los Angeles and throughout the US, has influenced a powerful exchange of ideas and visual dialogues for a new generation of young artists. Contemporary Mexican artists are re-contextualizing the visual iconography of Chicanos, Cholos, urban Mexicans, adding indigenous language and visual cultural identification to the new Latino art scene in Los Angeles and Oaxaca.  They are asking for resistance and defiance on issues that are currently affecting their lives, their land their main source of food (maize), their language and culture. The new generation of Mexican artists is empowered, highly educated and aware of an oppressive racism against them in both countries, which they are no longer willing to accept.

To Protect & Serve? Posters Protesting 50 Years of Police Violence by the Center for Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) / Vincent Valdez:

December 2 – January 27, 2017 

Current struggles against police violence and state repression are part of a long history of resistance, that is documented by and reflected in graphics produced by the artists, activists and organizers who participated in these struggles.  This exhibition will continue CSPG’s mission to reclaim the power of art to educate, agitate, and inspire people to action.  In addition to the posters, artist Vincent Valdez will exhibit a series of new etchings, serigraphs and lithographs depicting historical incidences of police violence in Los Angeles.  

Durón Gallery Exhibitions 2010-2015


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May 31 – July 31, 2014 – Lost Horizons: Mural Dreams of Edward Biberman 

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March 1st – April 11, 2014 – Loss, Memory, and Recovery, Dwora Fried & Linda Vallejo
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June 8 – July 31, 2013 – Desaparecid@s by The UCLA Chicana/o Studies Doctoral Cohort and UCLA Graduate Students
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February 16 – March 30, 2013 – Behind Bars by Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective
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Sunday, 20 May 2012 – Youth from Camp by David Gonzales
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April 27 – June 7 2012 – UPRISING: Los Angeles 1992 by Christine Burrill
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March 31 – April 22, 2012 – I CAN REQUIEM FOR I CAN’T: GROUP SHOW

January 14 – February 24, 2012 – Created Equal, Photographs by Lekha Singh
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November 2, 2011, 6:30 – 9:00pm – DIA DE LOS MUERTOS Performance
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June 4 – 17, 2011 – POLITICAL CARTOONS & Performance by Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo
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April 2, 2011 – IGNITE An Evening of Music, Art, Poetry… by The Roots & Wings
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February 19 – March 13, 2011 – WINDOWS & MIRRORS, Reflections on the War in Afghanistan
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Durón Gallery Exhibitions 2007-2009

June 8 – July 22, 2009 – Current Public Art Productions of the UCLA/SPARC CESAR CHAVEZ DML
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November 1, 2008 – Death of Bush Era
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April 30, 2008 – Bingo Fundraiser by RIO DIAZ
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23 February – April 5, 2008 – REINTERPRETATION Commentaries on Iraq
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November 2, 2007, 2007 – SPARCS ANNUAL DAY OF THE DEAD EVENT

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June 30- July 21, 2007 – MUJERES DE COLORES by V.Kim Martinez
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May 19 -June 8, 2007 – FORCES OF NATURE: A Feminine Perspective
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April 1 – 28, 2007 – REFUGEE NATION Legacies of War
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March 24 – 31, 2007 – MAQUiL.A. Celebrating International Woman’s Month

Duron Gallery Exhibitions 2001-2006
November 12, 2006 – OAXACA IN OUR HEARTS Mexican Photographers

June 10 – July 29, 2006 – URBAN RAYS by Andrea Oliveira
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February 4 -March 4, 2006 – EMILY WINTERS 50 Year Retrospective

November 19 – December 11, 2005 – MONIQUE VERDIN A Visual Diary of Disaster & Loss in the Bayous
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November 2, 2005 – SPARC’s ANNUAL DAY OF THE DEAD
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March 28, 2005 – Linda Jacobson and Students, Community Show

October 20, 2002 – Hijas de Juarez
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August 2, 2001 – Other Footprints to Aztlan – WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARY AND ARMANDO DURON
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January 14, 2001 – Paintings and Politics – Jim Prigoff
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January 20, 2001 – Gathering Riches – Images from the Brazilian Amazon by Christine Burrill
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Duron Gallery Exhibitions 1976-2000

October 20, 2000 – ELECT THIS

September 3- November 4, 2000 – LOS CIELOS by Linda Vallejo
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August 12 – September 16, 2000 – MITO Y METAFORA by Raoul dela Sota
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June 24 – July 29, 2000 – ARTE ADREDE: FROM THE BASEMENT TO THE ALLEY: Willie Herron
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May 13 – June 10, 2000 – LUIS BERNAL BENEFIT Art Exhibit and Auction
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February 19 – May 5, 2000 – ARTE INTIMO: Judy Baca Solo Exhibition
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March 14, 1992 – Luis Jimenez, Solo Exhibitionartistpaintings
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October 10 – November 7, 1986 – ART FOR AIDS – A Creative Response To Crisisaids-500_1986

February 20 – March 15, 1981 –ART ACTION AUCTION – Curated by Marty Simonelliart-auction500_1981