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Por el Pueblo:
The Legacy & Influence of Malaquías Montoya

Now on view I Great Hall

Explore the living impact of Chicano artist, Malaquías Montoya, whose legacy as a public-serving artist, activist, and community leader serves as inspiration for younger generations within the Chicano community and beyond. Montoya’s posters, graphic prints, and murals highlighting political and social justice issues have helped define the Chicano identity for nearly five decades.

Malaquías Montoya’s activist roots and community ties can be traced back to his childhood as the son of a migrant farmworker family and the close relationships he held with elder family members, teachers, artists and more.  Por el Pueblo: The Legacy and Influence of Malaquías Montoya invites visitors to consider Montoya’s deeply collaborative artistic process, focus on community, and engagement across generations.

This exhibition will explore what it means to become an elder through photographs, historical and familial ephemera, early works from the artist as well as contemporary artworks by artists from multiple generations influenced by Montoya, including Julio Salgado, Elyse Doyle-Martinez, Leslie Lopez, Israel Campos, and Arely Hernández.

This exhibition is on view October 6, 2023—June 30, 2024.

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Por el Pueblo: A Conversation with Malaquías Montoya at OMCA


Major support for Por el Pueblo is provided by The Oakland Museum Women’s Board.

*Header image: Untitled, (c) (“copyright”) Lezlie Salkowitz-Montoya, Courtesy of the artist. The date is unknown.