The Culture of Star Wars art exhibition

The culture of star wars

Curated by Amy George Cortez + 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. 

Opening reception: Saturday May 5th 7p-11p

Exhibition dates: May 5th - June 30th 2018

Dance performances by Adrián Funky Fyutz Fuentes and @BoneBreakingDJ

Tacos by the Hernandez Familia

Mural in Solano Alley at 18th Ave by Urban Aztec Jesse Hernandez

Photo booth by Amor Eterno Arte 



Jesus Barraza @jesusvbarraza

Bryan Blanco @birdstrike

Billy Boston @billybostonink

Renee Castro @ladyreniart

Melanie Cervantes @melaniecervantes

Oscar Cisneros @tu_tienda_azteca

Justen Cortese @justtatts510

Chamuco Cortez @chamuco510

DONE @mrdonetdk

Paco Excel @pacoexcel

Paco Garcia @pacogarciajr

Jesse Hernandez @urbanaztec

James Lawrence 

Leslie DIME Lopez @ladimeuna

MERX @merxtdk

PEPS357 @357_peps

Qetza @qeztaart

Sam Rodriguez @samrodriguezart

Marie Scherping @scherptagram

Jilliann Silva @breadnbuttuh

STASH @stashone

Ques Williams @irkoriginals 

For detailed information please email Amy George Cortez at


 Amor Eterno Arte was started by local artists Amy George Cortez and Chamuco Cortez. 

Amy has been working in art galleries and museums with a community + non-profit focus for 15 years. Chamuco has been tattooing for 17 years all over the Bay Area. Chamuco is known for his black and grey, Aztec and portraits tattoos. 

They began Amor Eterno Arte to present a safe space for folks to experience art, create and express themselves. 

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