Finding Aid for the Ester Hernandez Papers 1972-2005 CSRC.0047

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UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
193 Haines Hall
Box 951544
Los Angeles, CA., 90095-1544

Title: Ester Hernandez Papers
Identifier/Call Number: CSRC.0047
Contributing Institution: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1972-2005
Abstract: Collection of articles about Ester Hernandez and her artwork. Collection includes various post cards, gallery cards and other Illustrations of Hernandez's art.
Creator: Hernandez, Ester 1944-


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Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ester Hernandez Papers, 47, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ester Hernandez, 2006. Deed on file at the CSRC Archive office, 180 Haines Hall, UCLA


Ester Hernandez is one of the pioneers of the Chicano art movement. She grew up in the migrant farm-working community of the central San Joaquin Valley of California and she experienced firsthand the farm-worker's struggle. She was surrounded by artisans within her family: her mother continued the family tradition of embroidery from Central Mexico; her grandfather was a master carpenter and made religious sculpture in his spare time; Ester's father was an amateur photographer and visual artist. Through her personal involvement with the farm-worker community, Ester developed a great interest in community arts, committing herself to "visually depict the dignity, strength, experiences and dreams of Latina women through printmaking and pastels." (E.H.) Ester Hernandez has created art relating to farm-workers, pesticides, laborers, women's issues, civil rights and social justice. Her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., UCLA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Mexican Museum, Galería de la Raza and Internationally. As of this writing in 2006, Ester Hernandez teaches and manages at Creativity Explored, a San Francisco art production and education center for developmentally-challenged adults.

Scope and Content

This collection of articles, press reviews, exhibition catalog excerpts, and illustrations about Ester Hernandez and her artwork was compiled by the artist herself.

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Related Material

In addition to these papers, Ester Hernandez has donated a small selection of serigraph prints. Please also see our SHG Research papers Collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Ester Hernandez -- Archives
Mexican American women artists--California, Southern--Archival resources

Box 1, Folder 1

Articles on Ester Hernandez 1990-2004

Scope and Contents note

"Sun Mad" from Mixed Blessings by Lucy Lippard, 1990

Ester Hernandez, Chicana, brief description

Revista Literaria de el Tecolote, cover art Malathion Spraying, vol 3, no. 3

Ester Hernandez, brief bio from Hispanic Research Center, 2000

"Ester Hernandez, Frida and Me," brief introduction from unknown source

"Decontaminating Amerika: The Art of Ester Hernandez" by Juan Felipe Herrera

"Chicanas Speak Out," by Betty A. Brown, Artweek, Jan 14, 1984

Ester Hernandez brief intro from SAIIC, vol. 2, no. 3 Spring 1986

"Chicana Artist Ester M. Hernandez: Her Art Stirs Feeling for the Plight of Humanity," La Ventana vol. 1, no. 2 May 1987

"The Power of Feminist Art" by Harry Adams from Challenging Modernism: Facets of Feminist Art, 1994

"Movement Graphics and Murals" brief article on Las Mujeres Muralistas

"The Art of Provocation, or in Other Words, Ester Hernandez" in Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge by Cheech Marin, 2002

At Work:The Art of California Labor, Mark Dean Johnson, ed. 2003

"Chicano Art for Our Millenium: Collected Works from the Arizona State University" by Gary Keller, 2004.
Box 1, Folder 2

Press reviews 1974-2001

Scope and Contents note

"Walls with Tongue: Chicano Mural," Amsterdam (in Dutch),1979

"Women," SF Chronicle, 1974

"An Inside Look at Four Outdoor Murals" by Al Morch, SF Examiner, Nov. 1986

"Mural, Mural on the Wall" by Steve Jenkins, Daily Californian, Nov. 21, 1986

"Waiting for Eternity" by Mark Leonhart, Chicago Reader, July 3, 1987

"Latina Art: Showcase 87" by Devon Golden, New Art Examiner, Feb. 1988

"El Mensajero" by Silvia Mullahy Aguirre, July 1988

"An Alternative to What?" by Mark Durant, Artweek, Aug. 20, 1988

"Dual Exhibitions Dedicated to 'La Reina de las Americas'"

"Wildly Colorful Latino Designs in Self-Help Graphics Show" by Kristine Mckenna, LA Times, Nov. 25, 1989

"War Paint: Artists Respond to War at the Mexican Museum," Artweek, July 1991

"Chicano Art Hits Town" by Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle

"'Women of Color' Contend with Political Personal Art" by Steve Bennett

"Images of Chicana Artists," Santa Barbara News Press, March 31, 1991

"A Call to Social Action: The Art of Ester Hernandez"

"Artists Credit Graphics Center for Inspiration" by Shauna Snow, LA Times, Aug. 29, 1991

"Harlequin Fantasies and a Visionary Chicano Art Show" by Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle, Jan. 2, 1993

"The Fifth Element: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Chicano Art"

"Burning Dreams: Selected Works by Carlos Almaraz"

"Chicana's Heritage Is All of Ours" by Penelope Schackelford, The Davis Enterprise/Winters Express, Oct. 26, 1995

"(Re)Generation of Vision" by Dolissa Medina, Frontera Magazine, 1996

"From the Political to the Personal: A Pan American Feast" by Holland Cotter, NY Times, Oct. 15, 1999

"Arts Leisure Guide," Museo del Barrio

"Exhibit: Juan Sanchez: Printed Convictions," NY Times, Sep. 1999

"A New Role for Art from Ethnic Arena" by Jack Fischer, San Jose Mercury News, Jul. 30 2000

"'California' Muddles Along: LA Museum Show Fails to Unify Disparate Images" by Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle, Nov. 15, 2000

"Retrieving Magic from the Vault" by Holland Cotter, Jan. 5 2001

"Exploring the Breadth of Hispanic Art Today" by Holland Cotter, NY Times Aug. 27, 1996.
Box 1, Folder 3

Exhibitions and events 1992-1997

Scope and Contents note

Heroes and Saints, flyer and postcard copy, 1992.

postcard The Defiant Eye: Works by Ester Hernandez

postcard Brava! Women for the Arts Calendar

The Art of Provocation: Ester Hernandez 1995

Mexican Museum membership application

postcard copy Opening the Window: Examining the Border

Talk Back! The Community Responds to the Permanent Collection Part II, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1997

exhibition brochure mailer Ghosts of Little Boy.
Box 1, Folder 4

Galeria de la Raza 1988-2005

Scope and Contents note

Calendar of Events Aug/Sept. 2005

"Ester Hernandez" artist monograph by Amalia Mesa Bains, Galeria de la Raza Studio 24, no.1 June 1988

Galeria de la Raza 25th Anniversary Exhibition at the Center for the Arts

"Galeria de la Raza" by Karen Sharpe, California Home and Garden, Nov. 1988

Everyday Passions: Prints, Pastels, Installations: Ester Hernandez exhibit, Nov. 17, 2001.
Box 1, Folder 5

Catalog articles 1991-2005

Scope and Contents note

"From Populist Art to Pop: Graphic Arts of the Chicano and Puerto Rican Movements" by Henry Estrada, Ester Hernandez, University Art Gallery, Cal. State Univ. Stanislaus, 1998

Immigrant Woman's Dress by Ester Hernandez, Oakland Museum, 1998

Posters American Style, Ester Hernandez Collection Remix, Bronx Museum, 2005

"El Mundo Femenino: Chicana Artists of the Movement" by Amalia Mesa Bains, CARA Exhibit, 1991

Pasion por Frida, 1992

La Virgen de Guadalupe in Chicano Art. CARA exhibit

"Nature and Memory in Contemporary Latino Art" by Amalia Mesa Bains

"Transformations: The Art of Ester Hernandez" by Holly Barnett

"Spiritual Visions in Contemporary Art" by Amalia Mesa Bains

Images and Histories: Chicana Altar Inspired Art, 1999

"Transformations: The Art of Ester Hernandez at MACLA" by Casey Fitzsimmons

"Domestic Allegories" by Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains
Box 1, Folder 6

Articles on Chicano/a culture and art 1976-2005

Scope and Contents note

"Ester, Lupe, y La Chicana en el Arte" by Dorinda Moreno, Summer 1976

"A Mural is a Painting on a Wall Done by Human Hands" by Victoria Quintero, Sept. 13, 1974

"The Artists and Their Work: The Role of the Chicana Artist" by Sybil Venegas

"Cinco de Mayo: A Case of Identity" by Louise Woo, The Tribune May 5, 1986

"Arte Chicano: La Iconografia de la autodeterminacion raza, etnia, y clase" by Shifra Goldman

"Artists with a Mission" by Victoria Alba, SF Examiner, May 20, 1990

"Experimental Texts...Other Authors...Other Forms" by Rita Gonzalez, 1997

"Discovering Cesar Chavez' True Legacy" by Patrick Macias, YO, Youth Outlook, April 29 1993

"Passion Reflected in Art" by Maria Luisa Alaniz, Women's Studies Newsletter, vol. 8, no.1 Spring 2001

"Building New Roads to Liberations" by Elizabeth Martinez and Max Elbaum, Colorlines, Fall 2005

"Like Una Virgen" by Hollis Walker, Ms. Aug/Sept. 2001

"Cesar Chavez Nurtured Seeds of Art," LA Times, April 28, 1993.
Box 1, Folder 7

Curriculum vitae 2005

Box 1, Folder 8

Patricia Correia Gallery - exhibition schedule 2005

Box 1, Folder 9

Sun Mad Raisins - business cards undated

Box 1, Folder 10

Arte Caliente! Selections from the Joe A. Diaz Collection - postcard 2005

Box 1, Folder 11

The Holy Tree of Watsonville - postcard undated

Box 1, Folder 12

La Virgen de Guadalupe Defendiendo los Derechos de los Xicanos - greeting card undated

Box 1, Folder 13

Libertad - greeting card undated

Box 1, Folder 14

La Ofrenda II - postcard undated

Box 1, Folder 15

La Luna Llena - postcard undated

Box 1, Folder 16

La Virgen de las Calles - postcard undated

Box 1, Folder 17

Sun Mad Raisins - postcard undated

Box 1, Folder 18

Articles with Ester Hernandez illustrations undated

Scope and Contents note

"We have a Beautful Mother" by Alice Walker

Special Issue on Indian Education: Mercury Disease Has Begun

"Un paso firme e historico: se conformo la confederacion de nacionalidades indigenas de Ecuador."