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Joe Lopez papers and Gallista Gallery records

Creator:
Lopez, Joe, 1945-  Search this
Names:
Gallista Gallery  Search this
Extent:
1.7 Linear feet
32.93 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Date:
1966-2016
Summary:
The Joe Lopez papers and Gallista Gallery records measure 1.7 linear feet and 32.93 GB and date from 1966 to 2016. The collection is comprised of biographical records that include interviews with Lopez, autobiographical writings by Lopez and writings by others, printed and digital materials, artwork, and photographic and moving image materials. Records for the Gallista Gallery include trademark files and legal records pertaining to the lawsuit against Lopez by E and J Gallo Winery over the use of the word "gallo."
Scope and Contents:
The Joe Lopez papers and Gallista Gallery records measure 1.7 linear feet and 32.93 GB and date from 1966 to 2016. The collection is comprised of biographical records that include interviews with Lopez, autobiographical writings by Lopez and writings by others, printed and digital materials, artwork, and photographic and moving image materials. Records for the Gallista Gallery include trademark files and legal records pertaining to the lawsuit against Lopez by E and J Gallo Winery over the use of the word "gallo."
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as six series.

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1966-2013 (Boxes 1, 3; 6 folders, ER01-ER06; 19.32 GB)

Series 2: Writings, circa 1997-2002 (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 3: Gallista Gallery Records, 1990-2016 (Boxes 1, 3; 0.8 linear feet, ER07; 7.53 GB)

Series 4: Printed Materials, circa 1975-2015 (Boxes 1-3; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 5: Artwork, circa 1990-2008 (Boxes 2-3; 5 folders)

Series 6: Photographic and Moving Image Materials, circa 1985-circa 2010 (Box 2; 0.2 linear feet, ER08-10; 6.10 GB)
Biographical / Historical:
Joe Lopez (1945- ) is a painter and founder of the Gallista Gallery (1996-2016) in San Antonio, Texas.

Lopez grew up in El Barrio Escondido, a neighborhood in San Antonio. He was introduced to art through his Uncle Basilio, a folk artist. While a student at St. Anthony Shrine School, Lopez gained the attention of one of the nuns which led to a scholarship to attend the Witte Museum Art School. He also attended La Villita School of Art, the San Antonio School of Art, and was awarded a scholarship to McNay Art Museum school. Lopez trained with artists Warren Hunter, John Squire Adams, Finis Collins, and Jesus "Chista" Cantu. Because Lopez was born with one hand, artist Jesse Treviño was an inspiration to Lopez for his ability to paint with one hand.

Lopez's paintings often feature gallos, the Spanish word for roosters, because they symbolize strength and pride in Chicano and Mexican American culture. Lopez opened his own gallery in 1996 because he was having difficulty booking exhibitions at other galleries. The original name of the gallery was Puro Gallo, and he changed the name to Gallista Gallery in 1998. Gallista was coined by Lopez to describe those who supported him during a five year court battle with E and J Gallo Winery. The wine company initiated the lawsuit against Lopez over the use of the word "gallo." The gallery became a bedrock of the community, fostering the talents of local Latino artists long after the lawsuit ended.

Early in his career, Lopez worked in the art department for Dillard's and Centeno's supermarket before becoming employed in the graphics department at Fort Sam Houston, a U.S. Army post in San Antonio. He retired in 2007 from Fort Sam Houston after 22 years.

Lopez's work has been exhibited at the McNay Art Museum, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, and other museums throughout Texas. His paintings have been featured on posters and covers of music albums including Taquachito Nights: Conjunto Music from South Texas produced by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Puro Gallo by Los Padrinos.
Provenance:
The Joe Lopez papers and Gallista Gallery records were donated by Joe Lopez in 2016.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.
Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that he or she may own.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Texas -- San Antonio  Search this
Topic:
Latino and Latin American artists  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Chicano art movement  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- Texas -- San Antonio
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Joe Lopez papers and Gallista Gallery records, 1966-2016. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.lopejoe
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Joe Lopez papers and Gallista Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-lopejoe

Veracruz Hermoso [sound recording]

Performer:
Conjunto Jarocho Medellirn de Lino Charvez  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Mexicans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Mexico
Veracruz-Llave (Mexico : State)
Date:
1961
Topic:
Music  Search this
Conjunto music  Search this
World music  Search this
Mexico--Songs and music  Search this
Local number:
Camden 28
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. rrr
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_359510

A Fish That's a Song [sound recording]

Producer:
Taylor, Lori Elaine  Search this
Connors, Andrew L  Search this
Performer:
Seeger, Pete 1919-2014  Search this
Seeger, Mika  Search this
Eisenburg, Larry  Search this
Guthrie, Woody 1912-1967  Search this
Finster, Howard 1916-2001  Search this
Nollman, Jim  Search this
Seeger, Peggy 1935-  Search this
Watson, Doc  Search this
Howard, Clint 1930-  Search this
Price, Fred 1915-1987  Search this
Cotten, Elizabeth  Search this
Poolaw, Irene Chalepah 1920-2000  Search this
Cansler, Loman D  Search this
Terry, Sonny  Search this
Hobbs, Smiley 1928-1987  Search this
King, Ben Tavera  Search this
New Lost City Ramblers  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound cassette : analog
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
African Americans  Search this
American Indian  Search this
Hispanic  Search this
Type:
Sound cassette
Juvenile
Place:
United States
Mexico
Appalachian Region
Date:
1990
1951-1960
Topic:
Popular music  Search this
Music  Search this
String band music  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Sounds  Search this
British Isles  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Bluegrass music  Search this
Conjunto music  Search this
Local number:
SF-COMM-CD-45037
Smithsonian Folkways 45037
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_233667

Entre humo y botellas [sound recording]

Creator:
Jiménez, Flaco  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Texas
United States
Date:
1961
1989
Topic:
Conjunto music  Search this
Accordion  Search this
Local number:
FLP 99986
Rounder 6022
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_366484

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