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Xavier Viramontes Printmaker

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Xavier Viramontes, A Life in Print

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The DVD, Xavier Viramontes - 'A Life in Print' is now available.
This one hour documentary which has been shown on PBS, profiles the life and work of San Francisco Bay Area printmaker Xavier Viramontes. The video covers Xavier's early years growing up in a large Hispanic family in the Richmond / San Pablo, area and his involvement with the Galeria de la Raza of San Francisco.

Also covered is the history of the making of the 'Boycott Grapes' poster for the United Farmworkers Union which now hangs in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Amerian Art in Washington, D.C. and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The DVD also contains

EXTRAS: 30 minute detailed demo on the multiple plate etching process from concept to completion, and a Gallery section which showcases Xavier's work.

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Mikey the dog's t-shirt is now available.
Printed on 100% cotton,the t-shirt comes in
the following sizes: small, medium, large, xlarge
and xxlarge.
*Total cost.....$24
Please send your check or money order to:
Xavier Viramontes
2996 19th Street
San Pablo, CA 94806
Allow 3 days for mailing.(Sorry, no credit card orders).


Contact: Socorro Productions
Phone: 415-652-9876
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What: Chicano Film Day, Screening “Xavier Viramontes: Printmaker”

Where: de Young Museum, Koret Auditorium.
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4501

When: SATURDAY, 21 October, 2006 1-2:30 PM.

Free and Open to the public

San Francisco, CA October 9, 2006 – The de Young Museum has confirmed a screening of the new documentary “Xavier Viramontes: Printmaker” by filmmaker Michel Fraser as part of its Chicano Film Day program on Saturday, October 21st, 2006.

The 56 minute film profiles Xavier Viramontes, one of the most influential artists of our time and a founding member of Galeria de la Raza. His iconoclast silk screen poster “Boycott Grapes” for the United Farmworkers awakened a nation and rallied the Chicano movement in art.

Director/Producer Michel Fraser’s film provides a penetrating look into Xavier’s colorful life. Born in Richmond, CA, Xavier served in the Army before his emergence as a respected figure on the American art scene. His work hangs in the permanent collections of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque, NM), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art (Washington, D.C) and the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (Chicago, IL) to name just a few.

Featuring interviews with notable art and/or political activists Andrew Connors of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Juan Fuentes of Mission Grafica, Art Hazelwood, Patricia Rodriquez of the Mission Cultural Center and Rene Yanez founder of Galeria de la Raza, “Xavier Viramontes: Printmaker” explores the Chicano art community in San Francisco from the 1970’s to the present.

The film also shows Xavier at work in his studio, taking the viewer through the step-by-step processes of multiple plate etching from concept to completion.

A question-and-answer session with Xavier follows the screening.

Production Credits
Director/Executive Producer- Michel Fraser
Editor- James Reed
Director of Photography- Steve Patapoff
Composer (Original Score)- Safa Shokra
Researcher/Interviewer- Mija Riedel
Production Assistant- Homirah Amiri
Titles- Ben Hawkins
Sound Engineer- Jeff Jacobs