Saturday, March 29, 2008


Great Tortilla Conspiracy

Great Tortilla Conspiracy
SOMARTS Cultural Centers
934 Brannan, SF, CA
April 5-19, 2008

This exhibition is made possible by an Individual Artist Grant of the Cultural Equity Grants of the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Come and join Rene and Rio Yanez for a three week exhibition of
Tortilla Art. The father and son team will be presenting artwork that
uses humor to convey commentary on serious political subjects. Their
subject matter includes transgenic corn, apparitions, and iconography
that covers pop to politics.

The two artists will expand the notion of the tortilla as a medium for
art with their experimental printmaking techniques. They will be heat
pressing, monoprinting, drawing, and painting on actual corn
tortillas. Utilizing the latest digital printing techniques they will
also be showcasing art on printed tortillas.

The Great Tortilla Conspiracy will be doing extensive outreach during
their exhibition. They will be present in the gallery to work on their
tortilla artwork alongside specially invited guest artists. This will
lead to a giant tortilla drawing rally on April 11th from 6pm to 9pm.
The next day, April 12th, the Great Tortilla Conspiracy will present a
panel with leading scholars on the validity of Tortilla Art. Panelists
will include Professor Jose Montoya, Professor Chip Lord, Ella Diaz,
and others.

On April 17th the artists will present their latest innovation, the
first ever tortilla fashion show. The show will feature shirts, bags,
aprons, and other wearables that showcase their deviant sense of
humor. Following the next day is an important panel on transgenic corn
and its impact on the global tortilla industry.

Important Dates
April 5th 6:00pm – 9:30pm – Opening Reception
April 11th 5:00pm – Tortilla Drawing Rally
April 12th 6:00pm – Artist Panel Validating Tortilla Art
April 18th 7:00pm – Tortilla Fashion Show
April 19th 5:00pm – Special Panel on the globalization of Tortillas
and transgenic corn

For more information on the Great Tortilla Conspiracy please visit

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