A Traveling Exhibition


Organized by

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Los Angeles, CA


- Introduction - List of Works   - Exhibition Info - Exhibition Catalog -
- Recent Article in NY Times - Press - About LA Plaza
- Artist Statement - Linda Vallejo Website -

Installation at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 2019











LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents Linda Vallejo: BROWN BELONGINGS, an exhibition of new and recent work from the Los Angeles-based, Chicana artist whose career spans more than forty years. The exhibition, which premiered at LA Plaza in 2019, is available for loan as a traveling exhibition.


For nearly a decade, Vallejo has explored the vast and varied meanings of the color brown. Presented are new works by Vallejo alongside selections from several recent series and subseries of artworks, including Make ‘Em All Mexican, The Brown Oscars, The Brown Dot Project, Datos Sagrados, and Cultural Enigma.


LA Plaza’s first solo exhibition dedicated to the work of a Latina and staged simultaneously in all of its temporary exhibition galleries, the exhibition consists of more than 90 of Vallejo’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures, and will examine how race and color, as expressed through images and data, affect our perception and experience of culture. At the same time, it asks how embracing brownness can allow us to creatively question, deflect, and resist stereotypes of and assumptions about Latinx people.

Works from different series are combined in thematic groupings allowing the visitor to see ideas that resonate across Vallejo’s body of work. Interactive elements invite visitors to reflect on and share aspects of their own identities. A series of public programs, including artist talks, and documentary screenings, invite visitors to engage directly with the exhibition themes.


“In a career that spans more than 40 years, Linda Vallejo has distinguished herself as one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking Latinx artists of our time,” said John Echeveste, LA Plaza CEO. “This large presentation of her work will delight and amuse some while confusing and challenging others. This dichotomy makes her work so interesting and important, and we are presenting it at LA Plaza to spark dialogue about the past, present, and future of the Latinx community.” 


The Brown Dot Project,
30% of the U.S. Population Will Be Latino in 2050


The series Datos Sagrados, or Sacred Data, and The Brown Dot Project, both use statistics about Latino and immigrant populations in the U.S. asa jumping point. Ms. Vallejo has gathered the statistics from a variety of sources like the Pew Resource Center and the US Census.


In The Brown Dot Project, each hand-painted dot represents people or percentage points, translated into an abstract mandala-inspired design. Underneath the image is a gridded parallelogram with hundreds of squares.








Jill Cowan, in a New York Times article entitled Visualizing Latino Populations Through Art said, “Linda Vallejo aims to counter the fact that the perspectives of Latinos are still too often overlooked — even if she knows she doesn’t have all the answers to complex questions about identity and what it means to be a person of color in the United States.” (Nov. 26, 2019)

During her more than forty-year career, Vallejo has worked across a variety of media—including screen printing, painting, drawing, and sculpture—and has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the East Los Angeles College Vincent Price Museum, Los Angeles; the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; the Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the University of California, Santa Barbara California Multicultural and Ethnic Archives; and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

The exhibition was organized by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles, CA. Tour management is by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.


Visualizing Latino Populations Through Art, The New York Times, by Jill Cowan, New York, NY, November 26, 2019

Linda Vallejo and a decade of art that unapologetically embraces browness, LA Times, by Matt Stromberg, June 20, 2019

Una Mona Lisa morena creó un debate sobre el racismo en el mundo del arte, Milenio Newspaper, Mexico, January 1, 2020

What if Elvis was Latino? Linda Vallejo’s ‘brown’ art, AL DÍA News, by Beatriz García, Philadelphia, PA, November 28, 2019

40 for the Fall: A Rundown of 40 Concerts, Exhibits, Films, Events and More Coming to Downtown, Los Angeles Downtown News, by Jon Regardie, Sean P. Thomas, and Nicholas Slayton, Los Angeles, CA, September 10, 2019

Rethinking Brownness: Brown Belongings by Linda Vallejo,  Art and Cake LA, by David S. Ruben, Los Angeles, CA, August 14, 2019

Art Pick: Linda Vallejo Reimagines the Palette of Pop Culture at LA Plaza, LA Weekly, by Falling James, Los Angeles, CA, August 6, 2019

12 Best Things to do in L.A. this Week, LA Weekly, Los Angeles, CA, August 1, 2019

Four Under-the-Radar Exhibits in Downtown, Los Angeles Downtown News, by Sean P. Thomas, Los Angeles, CA  June 25, 2019

Director’s Message, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC), by Chon Noriega, June 2019



LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes celebrates the past and inspires the future by sharing the untold stories about the history, culture, values, and traditions of Mexican, Mexican American, and all Latinos in the founding and continuing evolution of Southern California through compelling and culturally enriching exhibitions, educational programs, and public programming. Located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781, LA Plaza’s 2.2-acre campus includes two historic and renovated buildings (the Vickrey-Brunswig Building and Plaza House) surrounded by 30,000 square feet of public space that includes an outdoor stage, an edible teaching garden, LA Plaza residential Village, and La Cocina museum. LA Plaza is a Smithsonian affiliate and Los Angeles County museum.


LA Plaza Website



“Brown Belongings” Full Catalog PDF

A 140 page Exhibition Catalog with scholarly essays and reproductions of over 100 artworks in the exhibition is available for purchase. Essayists include by curator, Erin M. Curtis, art historian Karen Mary Davalos, professor and chair of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, artist and scholar Michelle L. Lopez, and curator and writer William Moreno. Essential quotes by Shana Nys Dambrot, art critic with LA Weekly and Artillery Magazine and Peter Frank, art critic with The Huffington Post and Adjunct Senior Curator at Riverside Art Museum, while Pablo Aguilar and Aimee Santos provide additional photographs.


Linda Vallejo

The title Brown Belongings touches many significant points for me. I have always stated that these art works are autobiographical. As a young adult studying and living in Spain and throughout the US, I found myself searching for a place to belong. It was when I returned to Los Angeles to become involved in the Chicano and Indigenous communities that I found my place, artistically, intellectually and culturally. Through Make ‘Em All Mexican I continued my travels by collecting “belongings” and painting them brown to represent my American cultural identity. Finally, I “long” to find a visual language that will open a dialogue about how we see ourselves, how others see us, and the joy that we can find in our differences and the knowledge and understandings that we share together. Cultural Enigma also includes portrait works on paper. The subjects are taken from and in homage to important US and European twentieth-century portrait painters, such as David Hockney, Alice Neel, and Philip Pearlstein, among others. These seated figures appear with no other cultural insignia other than their brown skin. My most recent series of works Cultural Enigma broadens the focus to address not only the politics of color and class, but also what we refer to as culture. These works ask whether culture exists and, if so, why it is important in our lives, how we present ourselves culturally, and what symbols and signs we choose to signify our cultural presence, if any.I call the abstract paintings “Symbols and Signs” reference a variety of historical and contemporary source materials, “cultural Rorschach tests.” Viewers are invited to identify what they see in the images to reveal their cultural knowledge and perspective.

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92 Works
Sculpture, paintings, works on paper, prints,
Display cases are avialable

140-page Exhibition Catalog available for printing.
“Brown Belongings” Full Catalog PDF
Additional details are available on request.

The artist is available for public programming including
gallery walk-throughs, press briefings, panel discussions

Space Req:
3,000 - 4,000 sq. ft.

Loan Fee:
Upon request

Exhibitor responsible 

Exhibitor responsible 

Controlled access galleries with at least one security guard or
attendant on duty during open hours. Security and fire alarm systems.
Lighting, temperature and humidity controls in all galleries.
Use of display cases with full vitrines for 3-dimensional works is required.

A variety of products are available for purchase
through Museum Store Products, Inc.
Additional details and pricing are available on reques



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- Introduction - List of Works   - Exhibition Info - Exhibition Catalog -
- Recent Article in NY Times - Press - About La Plaza
- Artist Statement - Linda Vallejo Website -