Cordova, Ruben C. (2009). [21] The "Humanscapes" were generally painted on large-scale canvases, mimicking the drive-in movies that inspired them. Mar 24, 2013 - This Pin was discovered by Sherry Willome. The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. Mel Casas is known for Mod figure-genre, non objective painting. Share. The series began in 1965 with. [8] He is considered to be one of the important founders of the Chicano Arts movement. [10] One of his students was Gaspar Enriquez. Funding We are in between. The recent passing of pioneering Chicano artist Mel Casas got me thinking about the current state of affairs for Latino art in San Antonio, a city with a sizeable Mexican American majority. painting series whereby over the span of 150 paintings the Chicano experience slowly moves from the periphery to the center. "Mel Casas: Border Lord." [12] Casas felt that he had the opportunity to teach a "very good cross-section of the city" which was something he enjoyed. I think we are lucky to be born outsiders. [22] His incorporation of imagery from Mexican and Pre-Columbian iconography in conjunction with pop art was unique. and the author of Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster . In Casas’ hands Pop Art became a vehicle for cultural, social and political commentary from a Chicano point-of-view. [10] After the mid 1960s he began to do more representational work. In this blog post, Curator for Latino Art E. Carmen Ramos reflects on the importance of Casas' art. In this blog post, Curator for Latino Art E. Carmen Ramos reflects on the importance of Casas' art. He used visual statements, his sense of humor and love of puns to "address cultural stereotypes." Open Wednesday - Saturday from 11AM to 4PM and by appointment | 210.804.2219, 201-A East Olmos Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78212, Open Wednesday - Saturday from 11AM to 4PM and by appointment | 212.510.7873, 74 East 79th Street, 2D, New York, New York 10075. He attended the public school system and graduated from Texas Western College with a bachelor's degree in arts in 1956. PAUL KARLSTROM: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, an interview with artist Mel Casas at his casa in San Antonio, Texas. The Nancy Kelker research material regarding Mel Casas was donated in 2016 by Nancy Kelker. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster is a new book by Nancy Kelker that showcases the work of American Pop and Chicano Artist Mel Casas. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster. [4] He is best known for his series of 150 large-scale paintings called "Humanscapes" that were painted between 1965 and 1989. Gallery Talk: Mel Casas: The Man Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Dr. Ruben Cordova, renowned Chicano scholar, discusses work by late San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas, who is best known for his pointed visual statements that explore identity and the bicultural experience. The blurry, nebulous audience members were gradually endowed with more color and form, and from late 1967 through 1970, many Humanscape paintings dealt with the Sexual Revolution. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Flower Triangle (1993), Acrylic on canvas, 24 × 24 in Casas’ paintings will also be on view in an upcoming show curated by Ruben Cordova, American History Does Not Begin with the White Man: Indigenous Themes in the Work of Mel Casas (September 29-October 27, 2018), at Bihl Haus Arts in San Antonio. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Humanscape 94: Art Lures (1978), Acrylic on canvas, 72 × 96 in [15] Felipe Reyes, a painter, was the prime mover of the Con Safo group, which he views as a final reorganization of a group he cofounded in 1968, which was initially known as El Grupo. Like many Mexican Americans from this generation, Casas was able to attend college with support from the GI Bill after serving in the Korean War. San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas died on November 30, 2014 after a two-year battle with cancer. Los Angeles: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press. [4], Casas was first recognized for his work in the abstract expressionist style[2] which was considered "typical" for his time period in the United States. —Mel Casas as quoted in Quirarte, Jacinto, Mexican American artists. His piece, “Brownies of the Southwest” is one of the few by an American pop artist. It will tend to flavor, to color the way we think. Last year, SAC hosted “Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster,” an exhibit of 76 works by Casas, in conjunction with a signing of art historian Nancy Kelker’s book by the same title. [2] He and Grace had one child, Bruce. By the time of the UFW Delano Grape Boycott of 1965 and the Mexican American student protests at schools in Texas and California between 1967-1969, Casas had been practicing professionally as an artist and painter for almost a decade. [25], I don't think we should break away from our tradition. [10] At the time, there were more Anglo students at El Paso High and Casas felt alienated from the other students because of his background and heavy Mexican accent. He attended the public school system and graduated from Texas Western College with a bachelor's degree in arts in 1956. Mel Casas (Born 1929) is active/lives in Texas. Discover and buy from a selection of thousands of landscape paintings, portraits, and nude paintings. your own Pins on Pinterest CAMH’S Online Publication Archive. [21] His paintings often reacted to these media types by using erotic themes to highlight the effect that media had on the viewer. The date is August 14, 1996. Casas is best known for pointed visual statements that question cultural stereotypes and portrayals of Mexican Americans in the media. Hickey, David (1988). Melesio "Mel" Casas (November 24, 1929 – November 30, 2014) was a Chicano artist, activist, writer and teacher. I don't think it's quite true. Between 1958-1965 Casas participated in numerous solo, 2-person, and group exhibitions at local community arts spaces, galleries, and museums in Texas and Mexico. Mel Casas: Human presents six large paintings by the late San Antonio–based artist Mel Casas, co-founder of the Chicano art group Con Safo. [21], Casas often paid a price for his trenchant social criticism. Casas seems to project the future/present of the tradition that Enrique Martinez envisions in At the Altar (2006). "Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster" is a book that will appeal to many audiences from everyday people to academics. Mel Ramos is an American Pop artist best known for his female nudes painted alongside brand logos. First of all, because we use liquitex, and we use canvas, and we use stretcher boards. SAN ANTONIO — Mel Casas is probably best known for politically charged paintings such as “Humanscape 62 (Brownies of the Southwest),” one … CAMH has a number of its original and co-published publications digitally reproduced on Issuu.com.This online library is a rich resource for academic research and study with curatorial essays, artist interviews, and images that describe the art world’s ever-changing landscape through the CAMH’s perspective. [17] Casas recalls that eventually he felt that the abstract work was too "pretty" and it wasn't the right artistic language for him. SAN ANTONIO — Mel Casas is probably best known for politically charged paintings such as “Humanscape 62 (Brownies of the Southwest),” one … [10] He also helped with his father's Swedish massage business located in downtown El Paso. [6] Casas, who referred to the dominant notion of beauty as the Barbie doll ideal, spoke of the privileges of blond hair and blue eyes while he undressed a Barbie doll during his acceptance speech. [13] Casas then received a MFA from the University of the Americas in Mexico City in 1958. "Melesio Casas was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1929. Casas’ practice was rooted in the Chicano ethos of social justice, bridging the cultural, political, and economic divides that define the borderlands. This exhibition provides a full view of Casas’ politically-oriented art, including anti-war paintings and oblique commentaries on Nixon-era politics, censorship, and racial discrimination. McNay Hosting Gallery Talk on Legacy of Late San Antonio Artist Mel Casas Posted By James Courtney on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 12:12 PM. NOTICE: All paintings represented on this site are the original work of Mel Casas. [10] Con Safo was considered influential and helped Chicano art receive recognition when Chicanos and their work were largely excluded from museums and galleries. Mel Casas Family Trust. ‎Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster showcases the work of American Pop Artist Mel Casas. "[15] In its abbreviated form, C/S, it is used to protect murals from defacement. In regards to the future of Chicano art, Casas is quoted in the landmark exhibition, Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation (CARA), that his wishes were to make “Chicano art relevant to everyone.” Casas constructed a diagram outlining his vision to balance the “national art criteria” with Chicano Art and Regional Art in attempts to make Chicano art more accessible and “relevant to EVERYONE: AN ICONIC REALITY.”. [1] He died in his home with his family and his wife of 35 years, Grace Casas. This painting, which comes from a larger series of works called “Humanscapes,” were actually inspired by Casas’ experience seeing a drive-in movie screen and seeing these huge images of people and things. [10] He grew up and lived in El Segundo Barrio. For the most part, the show was comprised of Casas’ smaller paintings. Courtesy San Antonio College 3 of 10 "Humanscape 62 (Brownies of the Southwest)," a … [19], To me, being an outsider is the next thing to being an artist. [10] He retired in 1990. mel Casas is a member of Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. "Art on the Border." I think linguistically and iconographically we will tend to mix the two. Mel Casas, “Humanscape 47 (Still Life)” (1968), 72″ x 96″, acrylic/canvas (images courtesy of the Casas family unless noted) SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Over the course of 20 years, Mel Casas … Lecture delivered at University of Texas at El Paso. [6], As a fellow artist, he was good at asking critical questions of the work of others and encouraging them to submit their work to exhibitions and competitions. She felt welcome here and loved what the group was doing with art. We have perfect paintings for the living room, bedroom, kitchen or even the office. [7] In his writing, he emphasized the importance of "self-determination" and equality for Chicanos/as. He was also an educator and cofounder of the San Antonio Artist Collective Con Safo—considered by many to be one of the most significant Chicano Art groups of the 60s and 70s at a time when Chicano art was not being shown at mainstream venues. ISBN 978-1491265451. We cannot deny it. Two large paintings from Mel Casa’s Humanscape series comment on Southwestern clichés, and the commodification of Day of the Dead is especially prescient. I think people are generally aware of what MeL is, but haven't found a way to incorporate it into their daily life. You think that, because you eat tortillas and you think in Spanish or in the Mexican tradition, you can identify yourself. [6] In the first group, from 1965 through 1967, Casas made depictions of audiences watching films at drive-in cinemas and conventional movie theaters. Where do we see “brownies” in this image? Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Visual Scent (1999), Acrylic on canvas, 24 × 24 in Con Safo is a Pachuco slang expression whose most common meanings are: "the same to you," "don't mess with this," and "forbidden to touch. MEL CASAS: Whatever it is. [10] He graduated from high school in 1948. Austin: University of Texas, 1973. p. 83, The 153 paintings that make up the "Humanscape" series were inspired by a "glimpse of a drive-in movie screen. "[10], Casas was born in El Paso, Texas[1] to Mexican parents during the Great Depression. This painting, which comes from a larger series of works called “Humanscapes,” were actually inspired by Casas’ experience seeing a drive-in movie screen and seeing these huge images of people and things. Rather, his cultural work supported and coincided with the emergence of a broad civil rights movement. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster showcases the work of American Pop Artist Mel Casas. The paintings and their images are not to be reproduced, copied, or used for any other purposes without explicit permission.. Mel Casas is one of San Antonio's most influential artists, yet also among the most overlooked. [10] In college, he had a very strong background in classical art theory, drawing and painting. Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster. [10] As a young man decided that he wanted to be an artist. Smithsonian Institution. PAUL KARLSTROM: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, an interview with artist Mel Casas at his casa in San Antonio, Texas. Kathy Vargas began classes with Mel Casas, a Chicano artist, who asked her to attend a Con Safo art group meeting after seeing some of her photographs. The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center . Casas is known for his Humanscape painting series whereby over the span of 150 paintings the Chicano experience slowly moves from the periphery to the center. Image assets for this folder have not been fully processed. Mel Casas is active/lives in Texas. [22] His choice of subject matter, which satirized racism and may show sexualized nudes, was often considered to be "provocative. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. He is best known for his series of 150 large-scale paintings called "Humanscapes" that were painted between 1965 and 1989. Casas is best known for pointed visual statements that question cultural stereotypes and portrayals of Mexican Americans in the media. Related Materials. Provenance. The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. E. CARMEN RAMOS: This is Mel Casas’ “Humanscape 62,” which is a painting that he executed in 1970. "[1][2] His work has been collected by the San Antonio Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum,[3] and nationally and internationally. The art group adopted the name "Con Safo" on December 19, 1971, at which time Casas presented his "Brown Paper Report," which listed 22 definitions for the term Con Safo. Bochner’s popular thesaurus painting series consists of lists of synonyms displayed in rainbow-colored palettes, often featuring a single word repeated in painterly capital letters, as seen in his seminal piece Blah, Blah, Blah (2008). Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. 'No usamos bastidores o manta.' We are neither Mexican nor Anglos. [16], Casas taught for 29 years at San Antonio College[1] where he was Chair of the Art Department for 12 years. Mel Casas: Human presents six large paintings by the late San Antonio–based artist Mel Casas, co-founder of the Chicano art group Con Safo. All public programs are online only, on-site public tours and events are currently suspended. "Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster" is a book that will appeal to many audiences from everyday people to academics. [2] After graduating high school, Casas worked for Pacific Fruit Express, a railroad company, as an iceman. On Artfinder you can find oil paintings for sale, acrylic paintings, as well as watercolour and mixed media paintings. Mel Casas has given this painting a subtitle, located at the bottom of the canvas. Through the Con Safo group, members gained exposure by participating in exhibitions for which they were paid a fee by the exhibiting institutions. [10] He was considered by his students to be a "generous" teacher, helping to launch many young art careers. "Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster" is a book that will appeal to many audiences from everyday people to academics. The series began in 1965 with Humanscape 1 and concludes in 1989 with Humanscape 150. Additional papers were donated by Casas in 1999. His signature “Humanscape” paintings were designed as "impact pieces" intended to challenge… The trio of exhibits trace almost the entire progression of Mel Casas' 150 Humanscape paintings from 1965 to 1989. He was designated "Artist of the Year" by the San Antonio Art League for 1968, only to have this honor revoked three days later. [21] "Humanscapes" addresses various issues, such as Chicano politics and identity by using biting humor, pop culture and folk art. He was inspired by professor Mel Casas, who made large paintings on a black ground that were informed by pop art and surrealism. “Because I am of Mexican descent and I readily admit it. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Humanscape 135: #2 Mexican Plate (1984), Acrylic on canvas, 72 × 96 in Retrieved 7 April 2015. In regards to the future of Chicano art, Casas is quoted in the landmark exhibition, Essays by Rita Gonzalez, Howard N. Fox & Chon A. Noriega, Rita Gonzalez, Howard N. Fox & Chon A. Noriega, 2008, Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985, Richard Criswold Del Castillo, Teresa McKenna & Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano, editors, 1991, Essay by E. 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