The Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College will present Xicana/o/x Time and Space, curated by Thomas A. Carrasco, on view Sept. 6-Oct. 18.

Circular artwork in brown, light gold, and white resembles a Mexican- or South American-themed compass.
Artwork that resembles a Mexican- or South American-themed compass is part of the 7th SUR:biennial exhibit. Credit: Courtesy photo

The exhibit presents a timeline through various forms of Chicana/o/x rhetoric (painting, text, film, photography and performance) with an overview of Mesoamerican and Chicana/o cultural traditions.

Working at the intersections of rhetoric, literature and Chicana/o Studies, the multimedia, exhibit/performance will explore and present how Chicana/o concepts of time and culture can be read through a Chicana/o lens in ways to nurture and create a historical consciousness.

The exhibit is part of the 7th SUR:biennial, taking place this fall at 16 venues throughout Southern California.

The SUR.biennial, for more than a decade, has sought to explore the complex notions of globalization and exchange that take place in the ambiguous geographical, cultural and artistic borderlands between Southern California and the broader South.

Each independently curated exhibit showcases recent and newly commissioned works by local and international artists influenced by the cultures and artistic traditions of Mexico, Central and South America and/or the Caribbean, including their many diasporas.

The opening and performance, 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, will feature Chicano Secret Service (Elias Serna, Susan Carrasco and Thomas Carrasco) Joelle Mendoza.

Gallery Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, and by appointment

For more contact John Connelly, gallery director, at