The Other Side of Memory: Luis C. Garza

February 26–June 26, 2022

This is an exhibition of 70 black-and-white silver gelatin prints selected from the extensive archive of the Chicano photographer’s work. Mostly unpublished until now, Garza’s images document his East Los Angeles community during the early 1970s, his South Bronx neighborhood during the 1960s, and his 1971 travels to Budapest, Hungary, for the World Peace Conference where he met Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.

Some photographic images cannot be forgotten. They become iconic to an age, a place, or both. For this exhibition and its companion publication, the organization of Garza’s images is not arranged according to place or chronology­—the most obvious ways of presenting documentary photography. Rather, curator Armando Durón seeks to subvert the usual distinction between documentation and art that form the two main branches of photography, allowing viewers instead to construct a narrative of their own. Images are paired or joined, not in an attempt to be glib, but to encourage the viewer to form new images from the combination witnessed. The works in the exhibition were also selected for their ability to evoke memory. Durón suggests there is at least one other side of memory—the road not traveled.

This is a The Cheech @ RAM exhibition.

Image: Luis C. Garza, Sueño (Whittier Blvd., East Los Angeles), 1972

Exhibit-Related Events

Opening Reception

Please join us for the Opening Reception of The Other Side of Memory on Thursday, March 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Riverside Art Museum.

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required. “Fully vaccinated” means the event is at least 14 days after a participant’s final vaccine dose. To enter the event, participants must bring  proof of vaccination, either a physical vaccination card, a picture of a vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record. Most California residents may request a digital vaccination record at Anyone 12 and over without proof of being fully vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (3 days) prior to entering the event. Masks are also required at all times indoors, except when eating, drinking, or actively speaking to a group as part of a presentation for all patrons and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, at the Riverside Art Museum.

This exhibition is sponsored by:

Betty & Walter Parks