Sun in Scorpio is presented at a time of resurgence in art, heritage, and activism along the Calle 24 Cultural Corridor. As we look to the future, we contemplate on the contributions and visions of our local leaders, such as Ralph Maradiaga, who gave rise to one of the most iconic Latino cultural corridors of our time. His astute business savvy and dedicated commitment to community influenced and supported many individuals and local organizations. In this spirit and in celebration of what would have been his 80th birthday, we present the art of Ralph Maradiaga, and pay tribute to his accomplishments as an individual, a leader, a mentor, and true Renaissance man of his time and place.
We are deeply grateful to Salvador Guerena and Callie Bowdish at the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA), Department of Special Collections, UCSB Library, University of California, Santa Barbara. Works in this exhibition are from the following CEMA archives: the Ralph Maradiaga Papers, Self-Help Graphics & Art Archives, Galería de la Raza Archives, the Rupert Garcia and Sammi Madison Garcia Collection and from the private collection of Richard Bains & Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains.
Thank you to Paul Richards for the video.