fbpx Skip to content

Acción Latina: The ’80s Matter in the Mission

October 6, 2022–June 27, 2023
Koret Education Center, Floor 2

Acción Latina’s Community Residency exhibition, The ’80s Matter in the Mission, transports visitors into the influential art and activism of San Francisco’s Mission District in the 1980s. Through a vibrant new mural and a range of spirited artworks commissioned by local artists, the presentation celebrates the Latinx creators and organizers who activated the Mission with murals, multimedia art, and advocacy. Co-curators Fátima Ramírez and Paul S. Flores pay special tribute to artists who responded to the AIDS epidemic and the immigration of Central American refugees to the Mission District in the ’80s.

The exhibition features artists Elizabeth Blancas, Josué Rojas, Joe Ramos, Tanya Orellana, Rafael Arana, Alexander Hernandez, and The Marigold Project.

Visitors are invited to the free, public opening of the exhibition on Thursday, October 6 from 5–9 p.m., coinciding with the museum’s free First Thursdays program.


Header: Elizabeth Blancas, Nuestros Muertos No Se Venden, 2022; photo: Stella Lochman

About SFMOMA’s Community Residency Program

SFMOMA’s Community Residency program awards paid residencies with the museum’s Public Engagement department to local, national, and international community centers, nonprofits, publishers, collectives, and individuals. This program seeks to collaborate and share space, resources, and platforms with socially engaged artists and organizations working both within and beyond the boundaries of art. Residencies vary in scope and duration — from one week to several years in length — and result in wide-ranging programs including exhibitions, events, workshops and artistic commissions.

Exhibition Preview

The mural Nuestros Muertos No Se Venden by Elizabeth Blancas.
Elizabeth Blancas, Nuestros Muertos No Se Venden, 2022; photo: Stella Lochman
Elizabeth Blancas, Nuestros Muertos No Se Venden, 2022 (detail); photo: Stella Lochman
Alexander Hernandez, Always Thinking About Yesterday, 2021; courtesy Alexander Hernandez

Major support for education and public programs associated with Pan American Unity and Diego Rivera’s America is provided by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.