His work has been collected by the San Antonio Museum of Art, SmithsonianAmerican Art Museum, and nationally and internationally. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Hanging Garden (2005), Acrylic on canvas, 24 × 24 in Mel Casas (Born 1929) is active/lives in Texas. "[6] Cordova, who curated four Humanscape exhibitions with approximately half of the paintings,[20] divides the Humanscapes into five groups. The date is August 14, 1996. (2006), Acrylic on canvas, 30 × 15 in The artist … Smithsonian Institution. Los Angeles: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press. CAMH’S Online Publication Archive. Casas was an artist of national and international renown. [21] "Humanscapes" addresses various issues, such as Chicano politics and identity by using biting humor, pop culture and folk art. You think that, because you eat tortillas and you think in Spanish or in the Mexican tradition, you can identify yourself. With the history of art as its foundation, Kelker took several steps to correlate Casas’ body of works to America’s social history, popular … [10] He attended El Paso High School which he chose in order to get a better education. [11] His father liked to draw and this influenced Casas to start drawing on his own. [21], Casas often paid a price for his trenchant social criticism. PAUL KARLSTROM: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, an interview with artist Mel Casas at his casa in San Antonio, Texas. Mel Bochner is an American Conceptual artist best known for his text-based paintings. Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. 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. "Melesio Casas was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1929. Mel Casas (Born 1929) is active/lives in Texas. Artspace: Southwestern Contemporary Arts Quarterly 12, no. He was designated "Artist of the Year" by the San Antonio Art League for 1968, only to have this honor revoked three days later. “Because I am of Mexican descent and I readily admit it. This figure is the centerpiece of Casas’s pop-styled painting Humanscape 62. Retrieved 7 April 2015. [10] Con Safo was considered influential and helped Chicano art receive recognition when Chicanos and their work were largely excluded from museums and galleries. I think linguistically and iconographically we will tend to mix the two. His signature “Humanscape” paintings were designed as "impact pieces" intended to challenge the viewer into a reconsideration of the cultural myths and social stereotypes so … Mel Casas is active/lives in Texas. [21] The text chosen for many of the "Humanscapes" help create visual "conundrums" that are meant to allow the viewer to question and re-interpret the ideas that are juxtaposed with the imagery. San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas died on November 30, 2014 after a two-year battle with cancer. His piece, “Brownies of the Southwest” is one of the few by an American pop artist. Two large paintings from Mel Casa’s Humanscape series comment on Southwestern clichés, and the commodification of Day of the Dead is especially prescient. E. CARMEN RAMOS: This is Mel Casas’ “Humanscape 62,” which is a painting that he executed in 1970. The other thing, however, is this. [12][13], Casas received an all-level certificate to teach in Texas. [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. [10] He grew up and lived in El Segundo Barrio. I so divide the picture plane of my painting so as to force the spectator into the role of 'voyeur,' thus acquiring an identity through participation. Con Safo: The Chicano Art Group and the Politics of South Texas. [4], Casas went to college using the G.I. Mel Ramos is an American Pop artist best known for his female nudes painted alongside brand logos. Mar 24, 2013 - This Pin was discovered by Sherry Willome. PAUL KARLSTROM: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, an interview with artist Mel Casas at his casa in San Antonio, Texas. Several of these artists were students of Casas, who was teaching at San Antonio College. Mel Casas, a long time resident of San Antonio and art professor at San Antonio College for nearly 30 years, is one of the featured artists included in the new exhibition. Mel Casas is known for Mod figure-genre, non objective painting. "The Cinematic Genesis of the Mel Casas Humanscape, 1965-1967". "[23] Casas felt that media, like television, movies and advertising had the power to change people and could be used to change them for the better. Mel Casas is one of San Antonio's most influential artists, yet also among the most overlooked. [16], Casas taught for 29 years at San Antonio College[1] where he was Chair of the Art Department for 12 years. Casas seems to project the future/present of the tradition that Enrique Martinez envisions in At the Altar (2006). Funding. 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. 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. [15] In December 1971 the Con Safo group consisted of Felipe Reyes, Jose Esquivel, Jesse Almazán, Roberto Ríos, and Jose Garza (all of whom were members of El Grupo), and Mel Casas and Jesse Treviño. mel casas contemporary hispanic chicano modern artist NOTICE: All paintings represented on this site are the original work of Mel Casas. 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.”. [10] Being the chair of the department, however, was stressful for Casas, since he was often on call. [19], To me, being an outsider is the next thing to being an artist. Casas’ practice was rooted in the Chicano ethos of social justice, bridging the cultural, political, and economic divides that define the borderlands. Where do we see “brownies” in this image? 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. [2] After retiring, Casas and his wife Grace went to Italy, spending two years in Brandisi and two in Sicily. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 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. 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. 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. "[15] In its abbreviated form, C/S, it is used to protect murals from defacement. Rather, his cultural work supported and coincided with the emergence of a broad civil rights movement. 4: 28–31. [6] In the first group, from 1965 through 1967, Casas made depictions of audiences watching films at drive-in cinemas and conventional movie theaters. [2] He was very interested in dealing with the objectification of women in media[2] and "debunking" racial stereotypes.[18]. Ruiz-Healy Art features Mel Casas' small, intimate works and larger scale paintings to provide a well-rounded view of his oeuvre. The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. MEL CASAS: Whatever it is. On Artfinder you can find oil paintings for sale, acrylic paintings, as well as watercolour and mixed media paintings. View Mel Ramos’s 2,901 artworks on artnet. June 5-Oct. 24, 2015. I don't think it's quite true. Casas was professor emeritus at San Antonio College, where he taught for 29 years before retiring as chairman of the art department in 1990. Please contact us to find out more about our Cookie Policy. The Nancy Kelker research material regarding Mel Casas was donated in 2016 by Nancy Kelker. [10] He graduated from high school in 1948. [1] He died in his home with his family and his wife of 35 years, Grace Casas. Courtesy San Antonio College 3 of 10 "Humanscape 62 (Brownies of the Southwest)," a … Find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks for sale, the latest news, and sold auction prices. ISBN 978-1491265451. Mel Casas is known for Mod figure-genre, non objective painting. 2 of 10 This Mel Casas painting is part of his “Humanscapes” series. [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. His signature “Humanscape” paintings were designed as "impact pieces" intended to challenge… 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. I think we are lucky to be born outsiders. [10] First, he started to study psychology, due to practical considerations, but later changed to art and teaching. Casas was also well known as a write… Born in El Paso, Texas, Casas received his BA from the Texas Western University and an MFA from the University of the Americas in Mexico. SAN ANTONIO — Mel Casas is probably best known for politically charged paintings such as “Humanscape 62 (Brownies of the Southwest),” one … Melesio "Mel" Casas (November 24, 1929 – November 30, 2014) was a Chicano artist, activist, writer and teacher. He is best known for his series of 150 large-scale paintings called "Humanscapes" that were painted between 1965 and 1989. [22] His choice of subject matter, which satirized racism and may show sexualized nudes, was often considered to be "provocative. —Mel Casas as quoted in Quirarte, Jacinto, Mexican American artists. The series began in 1965 with. The works, some of which are from his Humanscapes series, address themes of identity, politics, and the landscape of his native Texas, … SAN ANTONIO — Mel Casas is probably best known for politically charged paintings such as “Humanscape 62 (Brownies of the Southwest),” one … San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas died on November 30, 2014 after a two-year battle with cancer. "Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster" is a book that will appeal to many audiences from everyday people to academics. Archives of American Art. He was 85. [17] Casas recalls that eventually he felt that the abstract work was too "pretty" and it wasn't the right artistic language for him. The series began in 1965 with Humanscape 1 and concludes in 1989 with Humanscape 150. "Art on the Border." Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Visual Scent (1999), Acrylic on canvas, 24 × 24 in In Casas’ easily Pop Art became a agent for cultural, amusing and political annotation from a Chicano point-of-view. Casas is best known for pointed visual statements that question cultural stereotypes and portrayals of Mexican Americans in the media. 447 Followers, 567 Following, 129 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from (@mel.casas) Mel Casas is known for Mod figure-genre, non objective painting. Cordova, Ruben C. (2011). [2] After graduating high school, Casas worked for Pacific Fruit Express, a railroad company, as an iceman. 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. From 1975 through 1981, Casas' favorite topic as art about art. [24], In later years, he ceased exhibiting, but painted almost daily, even when he was battling cancer. [10] He also helped with his father's Swedish massage business located in downtown El Paso. He attended the public school system and graduated from Texas Western College with a bachelor's degree in arts in 1956. She felt welcome here and loved what the group was doing with art. [21], Chicano Art is not Art for Art's Sake, but Art for Human Sake. Hickey, David (1988). The paintings and their images are not to be reproduced, copied, or used for any other purposes without explicit permission.. 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). 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. and the author of Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster . He was inspired by professor Mel Casas, who made large paintings on a black ground that were informed by pop art and surrealism. (6 May 1976). Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. The subtlety of the meanings, the syntax, or the pronunciation of the words give it something that is missing.[21]. Casas, Mel. Kelker, Nancy L. (4 September 2013). [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. So there is no sense in trying to say that we have that kind of purity. [10] As a young man decided that he wanted to be an artist. 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But that doesn’t make me an artist. 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. Nancy Kelker (1951- ) is an art historian in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. "Mel Casas: Border Lord." [15] Other notable artists who subsequently joined the group include Rudy Treviño (who later served as president) César Martínez, Amado Peña, Carmen Lomas Garza, Santos Martínez, Kathy Vargas, Roberto Gonzalez, and Rolando Briseño. 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The date is August 14, 1996. 'No usamos bastidores o manta.' It will tend to flavor, to color the way we think. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster showcases the work of American Pop Artist Mel Casas. A grinning Frito Bandito, who appears to have been carved from semi-precious stone, is perched atop a skeleton and surrounded by a series of ​ “ brown” references drawn from American and indigenous cultures. 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. In this regard the Chicano Movement did not generate Casas’ artistic practice. I have to my benefit that I can combine English and Spanish to give a more colorful expression than I would if I said it all in English or all in Spanish. In Casas’ hands Pop Art became a vehicle for cultural, social and political commentary from a Chicano point-of-view. "Oral History Interview with Mel Casas, 1996 Aug. 14 and 16". Cordova’s series focuses exclusively on the artist’s 6-foot-by-8-foot works. 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. Mel Casas Family Trust. For the most part, the show was comprised of Casas’ smaller paintings. NOTICE: All paintings represented on this site are the original work of Mel Casas. . Mel Casas $ (Born 1929) Mod figure-genre, non objective painting - Texas Melesio Casas * (Born 1929) *See Mel Casas - Texas Olivier Casas $$ (20/21st century) Painting 1 of 30 S.A. residents attended the opening of SEX & CINEMA with Mel Casas, featuring the late artist's Humanscape paintings at the FL!GHT in the Blue Star Arts Complex on June 25, 2015. [10] Casas served in the Korean War from 1950-1953, where he was injured and subsequently returned to the United States. In this blog post, Curator for Latino Art E. Carmen Ramos reflects on the importance of Casas' art. The trio of exhibits trace almost the entire progression of Mel Casas' 150 Humanscape paintings from 1965 to 1989. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is proud to own paintings by artist, including Humanscape 62, which was featured in our exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. [9] Casas taught art at Jefferson High School in El Paso, Texas[14] for about three years. Provenance. We have perfect paintings for the living room, bedroom, kitchen or even the office. Casas has been written about as a Chicano artist yet his practice predated the emergence of the Chicano Movement. Through the Con Safo group, members gained exposure by participating in exhibitions for which they were paid a fee by the exhibiting institutions. [12] Casas felt that he had the opportunity to teach a "very good cross-section of the city" which was something he enjoyed. What signs of the Southwest has the artist included? The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. Silva, Elda (11 June 2015). Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Holy Mackerel! As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums are closed temporarily. 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. Share. [5][6] Casas was also well known as a writer and theorist. Funding 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. “I like the "How to MeL" slogan a lot! 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] As Casas' paintings became more colorful, they also began to have a richer sense of satire and visual play. GETTING the BIG PICTURE: Political Themes in the Art of MEL CASAS, 1968-1977. 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. [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. [10], Casas had a two-year battle with cancer. 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. He used visual statements, his sense of humor and love of puns to "address cultural stereotypes." [2] He challenged stereotypes, especially in some of the works in his "Humanscape" series. Image assets for this folder have not been fully processed. El Paso, United States. [4] He is best known for his series of 150 large-scale paintings called "Humanscapes" that were painted between 1965 and 1989. This site uses cookies to help make it more useful to you. [12] Casas was awarded a Purple Heart for bravery in the war. Mel Casas, an influential artist and teacher who helped define the Chicano art movement has died after a two-year battle with cancer. [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. 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, “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 … Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Humanscape 135: #2 Mexican Plate (1984), Acrylic on canvas, 72 × 96 in 31 likes. With the history of art as its foundation, Kelker took several steps to correlate Casas’ body of works to America’s social history, popular culture, psychology, gender studies, and issues of social justice. Kathy gives credit to Casas for opening her eyes and sharing many Chicano and Chicana artists with her. [7] In his writing, he emphasized the importance of "self-determination" and equality for Chicanos/as. I think people are generally aware of what MeL is, but haven't found a way to incorporate it into their daily life. His signature “Humanscape” paintings were designed as "impact pieces" intended to challenge… [4] His "Brown Paper Report" is considered an important document of Chicano history. [21] His paintings often reacted to these media types by using erotic themes to highlight the effect that media had on the viewer. Additional papers were donated by Casas in 1999. Karlstrom, Paul (1996). So we are a mixture. "[1][2] His work has been collected by the San Antonio Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum,[3] and nationally and internationally. Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. We are in between. We cannot deny it. Finally, from 1982 through 1989, the last Humanscapes treated what Casas called the "Southwestern clichés." We are neither Mexican nor Anglos. your own Pins on Pinterest [10] It was Casas' first encounter with discrimination. 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. His broad and impactful practice of challenging borders that create metaphorical, physical, and ideological divergences. With the history of art as its foundation, Kelker took several steps to correlate Casas’ body of works to America’s social history, popular culture, psychology, gender studies, and issues of social justice. Though Casas is best known for a handful of works that treat Chicano themes, he created an unusually wide array of works with varied themes and styles. The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. ‎Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster showcases the work of American Pop Artist Mel Casas. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster by Nancy L. Kelker Art & Architecture Books Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster showcases the assignment of American Pop Artist Mel Casas. [25], I don't think we should break away from our tradition. When interviewed about Latino/Chicano identity, Casas is not dismissive of identity, but rather has grand ambitions for it. 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. We are entirely different. [22] His incorporation of imagery from Mexican and Pre-Columbian iconography in conjunction with pop art was unique. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is proud to own paintings by artist, including Humanscape 62, which was featured in our exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. In Casas’ hands Pop Art became a vehicle for cultural, social and political commentary from a Chicano point-of-view. 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. He used clever word play mixed with imagery. "Melesio Casas was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1929. 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. Carmen Ramos, and introduction by Tomás Ybarra-Frausto. 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