San Francisco

Esteban Villa

Galeria de la Raza

A new art gallery, devoted to the work of artists of Hispanic descent and culture, has opened in San Francisco’s Mission District, in space formerly occupied by the studio of artist and filmmaker Fred Hobbs. The new establishment is the Galeria de la Raza, and is named for the Mexican-American minority in the southwestern United States, who call themselves la raza, “the race.” The Spanish-speaking population of San Francisco is concentrated largely in the Mission District, and the gallery’s location there suggests an intention to foster consciousness of Hispanic culture primarily among the members of that community and only secondarily in the larger society.

In line with that intention, the gallery proposes to act as an art center for its neighborhood, and offers informal instruction in drawing and photography, and a figure class. On the afternoon when I stopped by, one youngster, possibly

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