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Circle and Gallery Collective Social

Location: SDSU Downtown Gallery

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Thursday, January 16
5:30–8:00 p.m.

Private Tour of SDSU Downtown Gallery and Social Hour at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Circle and Gallery Collective members are invited on an exclusive tour of the exhibition, Constructed Mythologies: Luis González Palma, at SDSU Downtown Gallery followed by a social hour at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse.

Go behind the scenes with SDSU Gallery Director Chantel Paul to discover the artists’ exploration into the cultural fabric of his native Guatemala. Led by an expert guide, Circle and Gallery Collective members will be able to examine works of art that span two decades of the artist’s career.

This event is exclusive to Circle and Gallery Collective members.
Space is limited. Please RSVP to to ensure your attendance.


5:30–6:30 p.m.

Tour of the exhibition led by Gallery Director, Chantel Paul
SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway, San Diego, CA

6:30–8:00 p.m.

Social hour at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
901 Bayfront Court, Suite 105, San Diego, CA


Free for Circle and Gallery Collective members. Cash bar available for food and drink purchases.


If driving, all street parking meters expire at 6:00 p.m. You can also park for $5 in the parking garage at One America Plaza (behind the Starbucks) from 5:00 p.m.–Midnight. You must enter the garage at or after 5:00 p.m. for the $5 rate. If you enter before 5:00 p.m., you will pay full price.


About Our Guide, Gallery Director Chantel Paul

Chantel Paul is a curator of contemporary art in San Diego, where she leads exhibition and public programming for San Diego State University’s Downtown Gallery. Since beginning with SDSU in 2015, Paul has curated numerous exhibitions, including Constructed Mythologies: Luis González Palma (2019), We Are Here/Estamos Aquí (2017), All Natural (2017), and Cathedrals: Jeff Ray (2016)  She previously served as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego, CA from 2010–2015. While there, she curated numerous exhibitions, including After Ansel Adams (2014), Staking Claim: A California Invitational (2013), which included an accompanying catalog, Kevin Cooley: Elements(2013), and Unusual Suspects: The Paintings and Photographs of Holly Roberts (2012). She co-curated the NEA grant-funded traveling exhibition Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography (2011).

About the Exhibition

Constructed Mythologies: Luis González Palma celebrates this prolific and influential Latin American artist, who is well known for an expansive practice investigating the cultural identity of his native Guatemala, sociopolitical constructs, and spirituality to convey complex emotions that define the human condition. His approach is layered with religious iconography, poetry, magical realism, and physical interventions, as well as bold colors and shapes referencing art historical movements. Presenting a selection of artworks spanning two decades, the exhibition captures the evolution of González Palma’s work from formal portraiture and tableaux to his most recent explorations in abstraction, inviting viewers to experience a new way of seeing and feeling.

About the Artist

Luis González Palma (Guatemalan, b. 1957) studied architecture and cinematography at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, and then later turned to photography. His work has been widely exhibited internationally, including the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts Tandil (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Art Museum of the Americas (Washington, D.C.), Art Institute of Boston, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Gallery of Contemporary Art (Mexico City, Mexico). His work is included in numerous collections, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museo de Belles Artes (Buenos Aires, Argentina), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and Yale University, among others.

Featured: Luis González Palma, Möbius – Virginal, 2018; photograph on canvas, acrylic paint; 20 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery | Luis González Palma, Annunciation: (Variation 7), 2007, Pigment inkjet print, 39 inches diameter. Courtesy of the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery.


January 16, 2020
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W Broadway
San Diego, 92101 United States
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