We are entirely different. He attended the public school system and graduated from Texas Western College with a bachelor's degree in arts in 1956. 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. Several of these artists were students of Casas, who was teaching at San Antonio College. You think that, because you eat tortillas and you think in Spanish or in the Mexican tradition, you can identify yourself. I am not a professional Mexican.”. Bill. In Casas’ easily Pop Art became a agent for cultural, amusing and political annotation from a Chicano point-of-view. Casas, Mel. The Mel Casas papers were donated by Mel Casas in 1981 and microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. The paintings and their images are not to be reproduced, copied, or used for any other purposes without explicit permission.. Between 1958-1965 Casas participated in numerous solo, 2-person, and group exhibitions at local community arts spaces, galleries, and museums in Texas and Mexico. SAN ANTONIO — Mel Casas is probably best known for politically charged paintings such as “Humanscape 62 (Brownies of the Southwest),” one … His signature “Humanscape” paintings were designed as "impact pieces" intended to challenge… ISBN 978-1491265451. From 1975 through 1981, Casas' favorite topic as art about art. "Melesio Casas was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1929. Mel Casas is known for Mod figure-genre, non objective painting. I think linguistically and iconographically we will tend to mix the two. Casas is best known for pointed visual statements that question cultural stereotypes and portrayals of Mexican Americans in the media. [10] He grew up and lived in El Segundo Barrio. [4], Casas went to college using the G.I. Ruiz-Healy Art features Mel Casas' small, intimate works and larger scale paintings to provide a well-rounded view of his oeuvre. Cordova’s series focuses exclusively on the artist’s 6-foot-by-8-foot works. [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. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Humanscape 95: Bird Watching Art (1978), Acrylic on canvas, 72 × 96 in "Art on the Border." 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. In this regard the Chicano Movement did not generate Casas’ artistic practice. Discover and buy from a selection of thousands of landscape paintings, portraits, and nude paintings. [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. Cordova, Ruben C. (2009). His piece, “Brownies of the Southwest” is one of the few by an American pop artist. When interviewed about Latino/Chicano identity, Casas is not dismissive of identity, but rather has grand ambitions for it. 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. [8] He is considered to be one of the important founders of the Chicano Arts movement. PAUL KARLSTROM: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, an interview with artist Mel Casas at his casa in San Antonio, Texas. 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. The trio of exhibits trace almost the entire progression of Mel Casas' 150 Humanscape paintings from 1965 to 1989. He was 85. [11] His father liked to draw and this influenced Casas to start drawing on his own. "Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster" is a book that will appeal to many audiences from everyday people to academics. 2 of 10 This Mel Casas painting is part of his “Humanscapes” series. Focusing on topics like beauty and politics, the works also demonstrate the artists contribution to the accessibility and relevance of Chicano art. In Casas’ hands Pop Art became a vehicle for cultural, social and political commentary from a Chicano point-of-view. He used clever word play mixed with imagery. 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. Courtesy San Antonio College 3 of 10 "Humanscape 62 (Brownies of the Southwest)," a … painting series whereby over the span of 150 paintings the Chicano experience slowly moves from the periphery to the center. 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. [21] "Humanscapes" addresses various issues, such as Chicano politics and identity by using biting humor, pop culture and folk art. [10], Casas had a two-year battle with cancer. [5][6] Casas was also well known as a writer and theorist. Finally, from 1982 through 1989, the last Humanscapes treated what Casas called the "Southwestern clichés." 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. Casas’ practice was rooted in the Chicano ethos of social justice, bridging the cultural, political, and economic divides that define the borderlands. He was designated "Artist of the Year" by the San Antonio Art League for 1968, only to have this honor revoked three days later. The trio of exhibits trace almost the entire progression of Mel Casas' 150 Humanscape paintings from 1965 to 1989. 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. [2] He challenged stereotypes, especially in some of the works in his "Humanscape" series. ‎Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster showcases the work of American Pop Artist Mel Casas. 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Karlstrom, Paul (1996). The paintings and their images are not to be reproduced, copied, or used for any other purposes without explicit permission.. 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. The works, some of which are from his Humanscapes series, address themes of identity, politics, and the landscape of his native 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. We are neither Mexican nor Anglos. I think people are generally aware of what MeL is, but haven't found a way to incorporate it into their daily life. Two large paintings from Mel Casa’s Humanscape series comment on Southwestern clichés, and the commodification of Day of the Dead is especially prescient. 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. Lecture delivered at University of Texas at El Paso. 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. Photo courtesy Mel Casas Family Trust Artists Respond at The Smithsonian. The Nancy Kelker research material regarding Mel Casas was donated in 2016 by Nancy Kelker. ‎Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster showcases the work of American Pop Artist Mel Casas. "[10], Casas was born in El Paso, Texas[1] to Mexican parents during the Great Depression. Smithsonian Institution. NOTICE: All paintings represented on this site are the original work of Mel Casas. The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. The date is August 14, 1996. The series began in 1965 with. [2] After graduating high school, Casas worked for Pacific Fruit Express, a railroad company, as an iceman. Through the Con Safo group, members gained exposure by participating in exhibitions for which they were paid a fee by the exhibiting institutions. [10] First, he started to study psychology, due to practical considerations, but later changed to art and teaching. Discover (and save!) 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. Hickey, David (1988). Mel Casas, Humanscapes 94: Art Lures, 1978, Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96", 182.9 x 243.8 cm. He used visual statements, his sense of humor and love of puns to "address cultural stereotypes. [10] In college, he had a very strong background in classical art theory, drawing and painting. 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. GETTING the BIG PICTURE: Political Themes in the Art of MEL CASAS, 1968-1977. (2006), Acrylic on canvas, 30 × 15 in [11] Earlier "Humanscapes" had limited palette choices, but later paintings had more colors and were rather vibrant. As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums are closed temporarily. Mel Bochner is an American Conceptual artist best known for his text-based paintings. Melesio "Mel" Casas (November 24, 1929 – November 30, 2014) was a Chicano artist, activist, writer and teacher. For the most part, the show was comprised of Casas’ smaller paintings. Image assets for this folder have not been fully processed. In this blog post, Curator for Latino Art E. Carmen Ramos reflects on the importance of Casas' art. I think we are lucky to be born outsiders. 447 Followers, 567 Following, 129 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from (@mel.casas) (6 May 1976). [10] He attended El Paso High School which he chose in order to get a better education. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Holy Mackerel! [6] In the first group, from 1965 through 1967, Casas made depictions of audiences watching films at drive-in cinemas and conventional movie theaters. 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 … Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Humanscape 135: #2 Mexican Plate (1984), Acrylic on canvas, 72 × 96 in The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center . 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. [13] Casas then received a MFA from the University of the Americas in Mexico City in 1958. It will tend to flavor, to color the way we think. All public programs are online only, on-site public tours and events are currently suspended. 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. Casas was also well known as a write… Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. [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. [10] He received a BA in 1956 from Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso). He is best known for his series of 150 large-scale paintings called "Humanscapes" that were painted between 1965 and 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. E. CARMEN RAMOS: This is Mel Casas’ “Humanscape 62,” which is a painting that he executed in 1970. But that doesn’t make me an artist. 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. your own Pins on Pinterest On Artfinder you can find oil paintings for sale, acrylic paintings, as well as watercolour and mixed media paintings. Mel Casas Family Trust. Mel Casas (Born 1929) is active/lives in Texas. E. CARMEN RAMOS: This is Mel Casas’ “Humanscape 62,” which is a painting that he executed in 1970. Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. [21] His paintings often reacted to these media types by using erotic themes to highlight the effect that media had on the viewer. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster. Casas was professor emeritus at San Antonio College, where he taught for 29 years before retiring as chairman of the art department in 1990. Casas is best known for pointed visual statements that question cultural stereotypes and portrayals of Mexican Americans in the media. Mel Ramos is an American Pop artist best known for his female nudes painted alongside brand logos. Mel Casas (Born 1929) is active/lives in Texas. Additional papers were donated by Casas in 1999. Last year, SAC hosted “Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster,” an exhibit of 76 works by Casas, in conjunction with a signing of art historian Nancy Kelker’s book by the same title. “I like the "How to MeL" slogan a lot! So there is no sense in trying to say that we have that kind of purity. Mel Casas, Humanscapes 94: Art Lures, 1978, Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96", 182.9 x 243.8 cm. 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. 4: 28–31. Kathy gives credit to Casas for opening her eyes and sharing many Chicano and Chicana artists with her. 723 South Brazos St. Related Materials. 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. His broad and impactful practice of challenging borders that create metaphorical, physical, and ideological divergences. [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. The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. See available prints and multiples, paintings, and works on paper for sale and learn about the artist. "Mel Casas: Border Lord." 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. [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. [2] He was very interested in dealing with the objectification of women in media[2] and "debunking" racial stereotypes.[18]. [10] He also helped with his father's Swedish massage business located in downtown El Paso. [14], Casas served as president of the Con Safo art group in the early 1970s. The date is August 14, 1996. "[1][2] His work has been collected by the San Antonio Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum,[3] and nationally and internationally. "The Cinematic Genesis of the Mel Casas Humanscape, 1965-1967". Mel Casas is active/lives in Texas. [10] He was considered by his students to be a "generous" teacher, helping to launch many young art careers. So we are a mixture. [4] He is best known for his series of 150 large-scale paintings called "Humanscapes" that were painted between 1965 and 1989. [24], In later years, he ceased exhibiting, but painted almost daily, even when he was battling cancer. [9] Casas taught art at Jefferson High School in El Paso, Texas[14] for about three years. [17] Casas recalls that eventually he felt that the abstract work was too "pretty" and it wasn't the right artistic language for him. "Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster" is a book that will appeal to many audiences from everyday people to academics. Cordova, Ruben C. (2011). [4] His "Brown Paper Report" is considered an important document of Chicano history. Aztlán 36 (2). 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. [10] Being the chair of the department, however, was stressful for Casas, since he was often on call. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Hanging Garden (2005), Acrylic on canvas, 24 × 24 in Share. 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.”. 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, an influential artist and teacher who helped define the Chicano art movement has died after a two-year battle with cancer. Mel Casas is one of San Antonio's most influential artists, yet also among the most overlooked. Provenance. The artist … [21] The "Humanscapes" were generally painted on large-scale canvases, mimicking the drive-in movies that inspired them. The other thing, however, is this. [10], Later, Casas was called into the United States Army[12] and his father insisted it was his duty to serve. First of all, because we use liquitex, and we use canvas, and we use stretcher boards. Casas began making politically themed paintings in 1968, and he emphasized this subject matter from 1970 through 1975. [22] His choice of subject matter, which satirized racism and may show sexualized nudes, was often considered to be "provocative. He attended the public school system and graduated from Texas Western College with a bachelor's degree in arts in 1956. Silva, Elda (11 June 2015). and the author of Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster . Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Visual Scent (1999), Acrylic on canvas, 24 × 24 in This figure is the centerpiece of Casas’s pop-styled painting Humanscape 62. We are in between. Funding. [10] He retired in 1990. mel casas contemporary hispanic chicano modern artist NOTICE: All paintings represented on this site are the original work of Mel Casas. Casas was an artist of national and international renown. click to enlarge. He was inspired by professor Mel Casas, who made large paintings on a black ground that were informed by pop art and surrealism. She felt welcome here and loved what the group was doing with art. Mar 24, 2013 - This Pin was discovered by Sherry Willome. [9] Casas felt that once artists had a fair chance to exhibit in the United States, then they would become part of "Americana. [10] Casas served in the Korean War from 1950-1953, where he was injured and subsequently returned to the United States. Los Angeles: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press. In this series, Casas focuses on imagery from popular culture and how these media images can and do affect viewers[17] who Casas called voyeurs, instead. 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. [1] He died in his home with his family and his wife of 35 years, Grace Casas. NOTICE: All paintings represented on this site are the original work of Mel Casas. 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. . [10] Casas felt that he had a good education in elementary school and junior high. Archives of American Art. Mel Casas is known for Mod figure-genre, non objective painting. [25], I don't think we should break away from our tradition. Mel Casas has given this painting a subtitle, located at the bottom of the canvas. Mel Casas papers, 1963-1998 This site provides access to the papers of Mel Casas in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2020, and total 1,030 images. 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. [12] Casas was awarded a Purple Heart for bravery in the war. Also at the Archives of American Art is an interview of Mel Casas conducted August 14-16, 1996 by Paul Karlstrom for the Archives of American Art. NOTICE: All paintings represented on this site are the original work of Mel Casas. In Casas’ hands Pop Art became a vehicle for cultural, social and political commentary from a Chicano point-of-view. [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. 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). 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. PAUL KARLSTROM: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, an interview with artist Mel Casas at his casa in San Antonio, Texas. 31 likes. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 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. CAMH’S Online Publication Archive. 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 San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas died on November 30, 2014 after a two-year battle with cancer. Rather, his cultural work supported and coincided with the emergence of a broad civil rights movement. Con Safo: The Chicano Art Group and the Politics of South Texas. His signature “Humanscape” paintings were designed as "impact pieces" intended to challenge… Artspace: Southwestern Contemporary Arts Quarterly 12, no. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster. [7] In his writing, he emphasized the importance of "self-determination" and equality for Chicanos/as. "[6] Cordova, who curated four Humanscape exhibitions with approximately half of the paintings,[20] divides the Humanscapes into five groups. "Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster" is a book that will appeal to many audiences from everyday people to academics. [10] As a young man decided that he wanted to be an artist. SAN ANTONIO — Mel Casas is probably best known for politically charged paintings such as “Humanscape 62 (Brownies of the Southwest),” one … Mel Casas is known for Mod figure-genre, non objective painting. The date is August 14, 1996. MEL CASAS: Whatever it is. [10] He graduated from high school in 1948. 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. June 5-Oct. 24, 2015. We have perfect paintings for the living room, bedroom, kitchen or even the office. [12][13], Casas received an all-level certificate to teach in Texas. In Casas’ hands Pop Art became a vehicle for cultural, social and political commentary from a Chicano point-of-view. [10] After the mid 1960s he began to do more representational work. Funding He used visual statements, his sense of humor and love of puns to "address cultural stereotypes." View Mel Ramos’s 2,901 artworks on artnet. I don't think it's quite true. 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. [12] Casas felt that he had the opportunity to teach a "very good cross-section of the city" which was something he enjoyed. The subtlety of the meanings, the syntax, or the pronunciation of the words give it something that is missing.[21]. Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. [16], Casas taught for 29 years at San Antonio College[1] where he was Chair of the Art Department for 12 years. Please contact us to find out more about our Cookie Policy. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Humanscape 94: Art Lures (1978), Acrylic on canvas, 72 × 96 in “Because I am of Mexican descent and I readily admit it. In this blog post, Curator for Latino Art E. Carmen Ramos reflects on the importance of Casas' art. 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. [22] His incorporation of imagery from Mexican and Pre-Columbian iconography in conjunction with pop art was unique. This site uses cookies to help make it more useful to you. mel Casas is a member of Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. 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. 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