The Culture of Star Wars

art exhibition curated by Amy George Cortez and Chamuco Cortez 

Star Wars has developed into a powerful element of our cultural identity. Constantly weighing the light and the dark, republic vs the empire, it mimics our struggles and our politics. In every culture, the Hero of 1,000 faces appears in its oral history. A hero goes on a life changing adventure to oppose strange forces. In this unusual world, the hero faces their opposition and is victorious! Returning home, they share the power and the knowledge they have gained from this fantastic adventure with their community.

Growing up in Oakland, you know what it’s like to grow up in Tattooine. Obi Wan Kenobi said Mos Eisley was a "Retched hive of scum and villainy" much like the media portrays the Oakland we grew up in. What are the parallels you find in your own life in Star Wars? 

We asked 22 artists to explore their own culture of Star Wars and how the films have influenced their creativity. 

Closing reception Sat June 30th 6pm-10pm


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Amor Eterno Arte is an art gallery + tattoo studio in East Oakland California. Our gallery curates art shows every two months + features artists from East Oakland, the Bay Area + all underrepresented communities. 

Between art shows, we host community + cultural celebrations, youth workshops and printmaking as resistance. We offer our space for free or low cost for local grassroots organizations to fund raise + spread the word. Amor Eterno Arte was started by local artists, Amy George Cortez and Chamuco Cortez.

Meet our team

Chamuco Cortez


Amy George Cortez


Contact Us

Amor Eterno Arte

1227 18th Ave, Oakland, CA, USA

(510) 842-3620


Weds - Sun 12p-7p 

Closed Mon + Tues