United Elpasoans for El Paso is not an organization headed by very prominent people in El Paso, or by highly regarded leaders in El Paso, but an organization rooted and devised as a unique community organization; therefore, it is the community itself that is going to move United Elpasoans for El Paso forward, and it is the community that is going to make United Elpasoans for El Paso a strong organization, because only the community matters: in other words, the many, and not the few.
With this first project we’re going to start the drive to acquire members into this organization. We strongly ask you to join, but you only join if you want a better community, and a more united community, but I know that most of you really want that, but had very few times to show it: this is one of them. When you donate a dollar or more to the first kickstarter (the Luis Jiménez documentary project) you will automatically be a new member of United Elpasoans for El Paso, and you will have the same say and the same weight as all the other members of this organization, even of the ones that started it, or the ones that donate a thousand times more than you: because it is a community oriented and community driven organization. We will then add your name to the list of members, on our own website: www.UnitedElpasoansforEP.org, but only your name, we are not going to need your personal information (address, e-mail, telephone number, etc.), since that’s not what we want: we want you to participate and to feel that you are part of a community that is moving forward, instilling pride in its own, but above all, participating and being proactive with a common goal: the betterment of our own community, and being proud of our past and our present; therefore, creating a better future for our kids and grandkids.
Lately, there are a lot of self-help books being written, and being sold everywhere in our country (e.g. How can I be a better Me, How can I achieve my Goals, How am I better than the people around me, etc.), but there isn’t a single book that says: “how do I fit into my community, and how can I make my community better, so that my living can be of more quality and we all can achieve happiness;” however, this book is being written right now, by all of us who will participate and will be part of United Elpasoans for El Paso. Only together we can make a change, so that all of us can be proud of ourselves, our history, our community and its move forward, but, once more: moving together!
Additionally, we want people in our community to stop thinking about separate entities within a whole (east side, west side, north east, lower class, middle class, upper class, white collar, blue collar, etc.), but instead as parts of a larger community that moves in unison and has a common goal: a better community
And finally, we are creating a film archive of all of those Elpasoans that have made a difference in our lives, many in the lives of our whole nation, and some internationally, and all of this by giving us leadership, ideas, talent, and wonderful examples from our own community, and this can be in the arts, education, social services, community development, health services, politics, etc., since those are the many elements that make a community what it is.
If you want a real feeling of community; therefore, a better Community, accept our kind invitation and join us!
(July 30, 1940 to June 13, 2006)
Art must function on many levels, not just one or two.
An artist that grew up in the Segundo Barrio in El Paso, Texas, and that actually never left his Chicano roots. Whether he was creating art for his community or for the Smithsonian Museum, Luis never left his roots leave his art: his art always represented where he came from, his community and his roots, of which he was very proud of.
He was the First Chicano (Mexican-American) sculptor and painter to come to National prominence, and deservedly so.
Betty Moody – Art Dealer
Luis Jiménez reflects the imagery of the artist in a southwest fashion that is steeped in a heritage that dates back to the myths of the Americas, like a feathered Quetzalcoatl that continues to flow back and forth across the frontera (border) in the spirit of old Mexico.
The stature and communicative power of Luis Jiménez’s art speaks to people, but it does not speak in a soft voice. He pulls no punches.
Ellen J. Landis – Art Writer
Luis Jiménez’s influence as an artist, especially in his home country, is that you can no longer distinguish his direct influence on individual artists from the influence of his drawing and sculpture on the popular idioms from which it sprang.
Dave Hickey – Art Critic
Luis Jiménez was an artist whose honesty and Quixotic quest for telling the “real” truth cost him many commissions throughout his career. However, his sculpture designs would have represented those commissions better than the ones that were finally chosen (e.g. Homeless Set Adrift for Houston, and Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe).
Luis Jiménez is an artist whose body of work denotes, signifies, illustrates, and makes official the unusual marriage of Mexican art, Americana, and mayhem.
Jose Clemente Orozco & Posada meet Americana…
Imaginative public sculptor.
Fighter and advocate of immigration debates (man carrying his whole family across the Rio Grand).
When you face a Jiménez sculpture or painting you are witnessing and experiencing passion, controversy, madness, and art in many varying degrees and hierarchies, but all of them always fully present.
This is what the consensus on the internet says of him: Luis Jiménez was known for his large polychromed fiberglass sculptures usually of Southwestern and Hispanic themes. His works were often controversial and eminently recognizable because of their themes and the bright, colorful undulating surfaces that Jiménez employed.
But above all: he was an Elpasoan, one proud member of our community; therefore, our community wants his documentary to be the first of many to come, to celebrate our history, our roots, to celebrate ourselves, and to instill pride in our community and its members, deservedly so.
With his art being displayed, shared, and enjoyed in Museums, Universities, Airports, galleries, and also in numerous private collections.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York.
Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, NV
Denver International Airport, Denver, CO
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Arizona State University, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe, AZ
University of Kansas, Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas
Saint Louis University, St. Louis Museum of Art, Saint Louis, Missouri
University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Utah Valley University, Woodbury Art Museum, Orem, Utah
Wichita State University, Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas
And many more, deservedly so.
This documentary will include the opinion, anecdotes and insights of Luis Jiménez and his art by interviews with the following national and international celebrities: Cheech Marin, Rudolfo Anaya, Jimmy Santiago Baca , Jose Luis Cuevas, Sebastian
Dave Hickey, Raúl Izaguirre,
But also with the interviews and participation of members of our own community that knew him, were his friends and sometimes collaborators: