The influential printmaking career of activist artist and UC Davis Professor Emeritus Malaquias Montoya will be explored this fall in Malaquias Montoya and the Legacies of a Printed Resistance, on view through May 6, 2024, at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, at the University of California, Davis.

An iconic figure in the Bay Area social serigraphy movement of the mid-1960s, Montoya established screenprinting as a defining medium for political uprisings and advocacy. Embracing printmaking to advocate for social justice, his political posters and flyers employ bold visual declarations against oppression, infusing multilingual text and expressive graphic images to champion political dissension and historical accountability. Malaquias Montoya and the Legacies of a Printed Resistance focuses on 23 of his prints, with additional works by Sandra Fernández, Juan Fuentes, Ester Hernandez, Juan de Dios Mora, Ramiro Rodriguez, Royal Chicano Air Force, Xabi Soto Beleche, Alicia María Siu Bernal and Elyse Doyle-Martinez. These works arose from artistic collaborations and partnerships between Montoya and the featured artists and are grouped by five themes: A Better Tomorrow, U.S. Pride in Punishment, Imaginary Borders, Rise of the Farmworker, and In Political Solidarity.

“Malaquias Montoya and the Legacies of a Printed Resistance showcases the voices of printmakers across generations who are fighting for social justice and envisioning a brighter future,” said guest curator Claudia Zapata.

“Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of historical figures and movements that have persevered in the face of oppression, as well as an appreciation of the power of art to amplify the voices of marginalized communities around the world.”

Montoya’s multigenerational career as a master printer also includes his tenure at UC Davis from 1989-2008 and co-founding the print center Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA), an integral creative locus for screen-printing education and technical advisory, with fellow UC Davis Professor Carlos Jackson in 2009. Emerging artists Elyse Doyle-Martinez, Xabi Soto Beleche and Alicia María Siu Bernal participated in Montoya-led political poster and mural workshops and classes as students at TANA and UC Davis.