PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9 October 2006
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XAVIER VIRAMONTES DOCUMENTARY TO SCREEN AT de YOUNG MUSEUM
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,
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
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.
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