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One Life: Dolores Huerta
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One Life: Dolores Huerta welcomes viewers with a vivid portrait—an iconic rendition of Dolores Huerta, the labor leader and civil rights activist, by Chicana artist Barbara Carrasco. The image sets the tone for the exhibition. Following is an equally powerful photo of Huerta holding a sign bearing one word: Huelga. As the virtual exhibit from the National Portrait Gallery makes clear, Huerta is an icon. Along with César Chávez, she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. She paved the way for women’s involvement in labor activism, led public relations efforts for the UFW, and negotiated the workers’ contract that came from the 1965 Delano grape strike. The virtual exhibit features a collection of photos, captions detailing Huerta and the movement, and a series of movement pins. As you navigate the exhibit, know that it, like Huerta, made a series of firsts. Curated by Taína Caragol, the museum’s curator for Latino art and history, One Life: Dolores Huerta first premiered in July 2015 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1965 strike. It was the first of the One Life exhibits to focus on a Latina, and it was the first exhibit in a national museum that drew attention to Huerta’s work. Commemorate these firsts—and the coming start of National Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 15—by diving deep into this virtual exhibit. The exhibition is available at artsandculture.google.com. Free. —Sarah Smith
Rock / Canyon
The Studio Gallery exhibition Rock / Canyon pairs the works of sculptor Lisa Battle and photographer Gary Anthes, but the two artists didn’t fully understand the extent of the resonances between their works until the exhibition was scheduled. Both were drawn to the desert scenery they witnessed during separate visits to Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and California, ranging from the well-known canyons of Death Valley and Canyon de Chelly to remote, unnamed features in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Anthes’ digital images, made over 15 years, offer precise renderings of swooping canyon walls, while Battles’ pastel-shaded works in clay are smoother and more impressionistic. “I generally work alone and seek out the paths less taken, the views less seen,” Anthes says. “Feelings of loneliness, often underscored by intense desert heat and utter silence, offer inspiration.” Battle said she’s drawn to how the desert rocks show “the impact of thousands of years of erosion by wind and water on the rock,” a transformation she sees as analogous to the forces of air and fire that create her own works inside the kiln. Their works can be seen in person at Studio Gallery through Sept. 26, by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays and for limited walk-in visitors on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The works can also be seen on the gallery’s website, on Anthes’ website, and on Battle’s website. The works are available at studiogallerydc.com, garyanthes.smugmug.com, and lisabattlesculpture.com. Free. —Louis Jacobson