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ART FOR A CHANGE Newsletter - July. 2009 -



Mark Vallen's Art For A Change web log has been publishing since 2004. Longtime readers will notice a dynamic new look and feel to the blog since it relaunched in Wordpress on June 10, 2009. Those who have subscribed to the AFC blog in the past are encouraged re-subscribe using the new RSS feed.

The latest articles on the blog include:

Mexican Prints at University of Notre Dame
"The prints of the Mexican Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP - Popular Graphic Arts Workshop), are being presented at the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana from July 12, 2009 to Sept. 13, 2009. Internationally known for their highly-political prints, the TGP workshop generated woodblock, linoleum, and lithographic prints that remain unparalleled to this day."

Artist’s Responses to Homelessness
"Hobos To Street People: Artist’s Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present, is a traveling exhibition now showing at the California Historical Society in San Francisco , California . Consisting of 75 artworks on the subject of homelessness from more than 30 national artists who span the decades, the timely exhibit concentrates on parallels between today’s works of art expressing social concern, and similar works created during the Great Depression."

The Death of Motor City
"In 1932 the Mexican Muralist Diego Rivera began painting a series of 27 fresco mural panels at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit , Michigan . Titled, Detroit Industry, the monumental paintings had been commissioned by the president of the Ford Motor Company, Edsel Ford (son of Henry Ford). The theme of Rivera’s murals was inordinately simple; the portrayal of U.S. auto workers on the factory floor utilizing the technology that made their tremendous productive capacity possible. From Ford’s perspective the murals sang the praises of American industrial capitalism, from Rivera’s point of view they illustrated the boundless ability of the proletariat to change material reality for social good. Seventy-seven years later Rivera’s murals are still an awe inspiring wonder beyond compare – but the same cannot be said of America ’s car companies."

Remember the “Obama Arts Policy”?
"Now that President Obama has sailed past four months in office, what has he actually accomplished vis-à-vis the arts?"

The Chicana/Chicano Biennial of 2009
Two of Mark Vallen's oil paintings are on display at the National Chicana/Chicano Biennial of 2009, in San Jose , California . Organized by MACLA, or the Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (Movement of Latin American Art and Culture). The MACLA Chicana/o Biennial runs until August 8, 2009. Visit the MACLA website at:

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The Death of Motor City

Remember the “Obama Arts Policy”?

Vallen Exhibits at 2009 Chicana/o Biennial

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