Image: Larry Servin, Twenty Four, 2016. LED lighting, acrylic, and purple heart wood. 48” x 156”. Currently on display in the YLA21: Amexican@ exhibition.
We hope everyone is having a great summer and staying cool. In June we found refreshing weather in Mexico City for the Art Tour 2016. Participants enjoyed visiting some of the best museums and historical sites, great restaurants, and plazas filled with activities in Mexico City. We viewed the newly acquired masterpiece, the Gates of Hell by Auguste Rodin at the Soumaya Museum, and visited the exhibit, The Art of Fashion in Mexico 1940–2015 at the Palacio de Cultura Banamex. Two of the highlights this year included visiting La Fundacion Sebastían with renowed sculptor Sebastían and Gabriela Hernandez as well as the home and studio of Master Artists Arturo Garcia Bustos and Rina Lazo. As always we toured the museums of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and enjoyed delicious food and beverages.
Image: Particpants at the Soumaya Museum with Executive Direcor Alfonso Miranda.
Please stop by and visit the current exhibitions, YLA 21: American@ curated by David Shek Vega and the Changarrito Project: Selections from the Collection 2015–2016 through August 28th. Both exhibits show exciting work by artists from Central Texas.
Come by for the Artists Collective Workshop on August 18, 2016. Local artists group, Essentials will lead a photo collage workshop using techniques from their works on display in Young Latino Artists 21: Amexican@. Essentials is a creative multi-media team experimenting in photography, film, graphic design, illustration, collage, fashion imagery, projection, digital art, and music.
We are also busy preparing for the fall season for Viva la Vida Fest and the Catrina Ball 2016. View more information on the Catrina Ball here. View more information on the Viva la Vida festival and parade here.
NEWS / MEMBERSHIP
Street Concepts Mural Workshop with Chris Montoya
Image: Chris Montoya guides participants during the Street Concepts Mural Workshop. Photo by Erika Galo.
This July 16th, artist Chris Montoya, Museum Members and workshop participants created a landmark mural at HOPE Outdoor Gallery for the Street ConceptsMural Workshop as part of this year’s Young Latino Artists exhibition programming. Montoya, a San Antonio-based muralist, shared his techniques with a large audience of participants and Museum Members eager to contribute to the collaborative mural. Read more.
El Mero Muro 5th Street Mural Wall New Additions from Oscar Magallanes, Shek Vega, & Joe de La Cruz
Image: Joe De La Cruz, Tengo un Nopal en la Frente (I Have a Cactus On My Face; slang for “Yes, I am Mexican”), 2016. Photo by Sixto-Juan Zavala.
This month, the Museum featured three new exciting additions to its 5th Street Mural Billboards sponsored by the City of Austin’s Cultural Expansion Program. These murals will remain on display until the end of August. Post a photo of one of the murals and tag @mexic_arte for free admission to the Museum! Read more.
EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMMING
YLA 21: Amexican@ June 18 – August 28, 2016 (Main Gallery)
Guest Curator: David “Shek” Vega
Image: James Medrano, Rata, 2016. Ink and gold paint on paper. 38" x 34".
Now in its 21st year, the Young Latino Artists (YLA) exhibition provides emerging Latina/o artists with professional-level museum experience and exposure. Guest curated by David “Shek” Vega, YLA 21: Amexican@ focuses on Latina/o artists who grew up as part of the Millennial Generation. Raised in predominantly Latina/o-populated locales, these artists have altered their way of representing traditional Latina/o works as seen from art produced in response to the Chicano Movement of the 1960s-70s. Read more.
Hidden Face: Photo-Collage Workshop with Essentials
Image: Essentials, Natalia (detail), 2016. Collaged laser print on paper. 9" x 12".
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016 Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Admission: FREE with $5 Admission (FREE for Members)
Essentials (an Austin-based artist collective) will lead a photo-collage workshop using techniques from their artworks on display in Young Latino Artists 21: Amexican@. Guests will learn about pre-production, production, and post-production processes in experimental photography. Materials will be provided. Read more. Join the event on Facebook.
Changarrito Project: Selections from the Collection 2015-2016 June 18 – August 28, 2016 (Annex Gallery)
Image: John Medina, La Sandía, 2015. Mixed media, hot glue, aerosol on wood panel. 12” x 12”.
Changarrito Project: Selections from the Collection 2015-2016 highlights works of art acquired during the Changarrito Residencies at the Mexic-Arte Museum. “Changarrito” is an art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selections presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. Since 2012, the curators from the Mexic-Arte Museum have selected over 45 artists to participate in the Changarrito Project. Read more.
Call for Changarrito Artists
True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the ChangarritoProject is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Mexican, Latina/o, and Latin American Art. Artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as a representative for the Museum during various Austin art festivals) while keeping 100% of sales. For each Changarrito artist, the Museum purchases a work of art to acquire for its permanent collection. Read More.
Temperatures by Bobby Dixon
Image: Bobby Dixon, Temperatures (Diptych), 1996. 72" x 60". Acrylic on canvas. Photo by Oscar Guerra.
Bobby Dixon (b.1973 in Portsmouth, Virginia) generously donated his diptych, Temperatures, to Mexic-Arte Museum’s permanent collection in 2015, and it was concurrently featured in our Selections from the Contemporary Art Collection exhibit that same year. This work was previously exhibited in YLA II (1996), which was guest curated by Henry Canales Estrada and Angel Jesus Chavarria. Their installment of YLA explored the theme of 2nd and 3rd generation American citizens forming their cultural identification from new ideas of family and diverse histories. Read More.
UT’s Barrio Writers Tour Mexic-Arte Museum
Image: Stephanie Sandoval, Education Associate, leading a tour for students in the Barrio Writers program. Photo by Olivia Tamzarian.
Mexic-Arte Museum hosted a wonderful group of talented young students from UT’s Barrio Writers program, which provides free college-level writing workshops to teenagers in underserved communities. Author and program founder Sarah Rafael García accompanied students on a guided tour, critical discussion, and a creative writing activity. The program complimented the students’ ongoing work in critical-thinking and freedom of expression through the cultural arts. Read more.
River City Youth Summer Program
Image: River City Youth students at Perez Elementary. Photo by Olivia Tamzarian.
Students in River City Youth’s Summer Program at Perez Elementary finished printing their original designs on t-shirts on July 11th. Students worked carefully over 3 weeks to draw, edit, and cut stencils for their design as Artist-Educator Tony Perez guided them in the screen printing process to create original, wearable works of art. Read More.
Screen It! Summer Camp at Akins High School
Image: Artist-Educators Delilah Knuckley and Tony Perez posing with Screen It! campers. Photo by Stephanie Sandoval.
During the week of July 11th, Mexic-Arte Museum hosted a free screen-printing summer camp for students at Akins High School. The camp focused on social issues related to sustainability, healthy lifestyle choices, and recycling. Healthy snacks were generously donated by Trader Joe’s, Juiceland, and Parkside Projects. Led by the Museum’s Artist Educators, Delilah Knuckley and Tony Perez, this week-long workshop was part of the Screen It! Go Green series. This program was generously funded by Texas Commission on the Arts and the Community Youth Development. Read More.
Screen Printing with Summer Tour Groups
Image: Education Coordinator Olivia Tamzarian demonstrates how to coat a screen using ink colors selected by an Ortega Elementary student. Photo by Stephanie Sandoval.
The Education Department offered complimentary tours to a variety of summer camps and other local organizations such as Ortega Elementary, Latinitas, and Manor High School. Led by Education Coordinator Olivia Tamzarian and Education Associate Stephanie Sandoval, 30-45 minutes of each tour consisted of an overview of the Museum’s current exhibition, YLA 21: Amexican@, with the remaining 45 minutes devoted to a screen-printing activity. Read More.
Mexic-Arte Museum Announced as a Non-Profit Partner for Consuela’s 10-Year Celebration
Image: Consuela’s Mega 10th Anniversary Sales Event will be held at 800 Congress, July 29th-31st.
Mexic-Arte Museum is pleased to participate as a non-profit partner for the Austin-based fashion and lifestyle brand Consuela during their Mega 10th Anniversary Sales Event, which runs from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 at 800 Congress. This free celebration features events that benefit three local non-profits: Dress for Success, Mexic-Arte Museum and Kindness Campaign. Conni Reed, Founder and Creative Director of Consuela, creates pieces that aim to tear down boundaries and inspire people to celebrate everything that makes them unique. Read More.
New Coin Purses Add Flavor to the Museum Store
Image: Pan dulce coin purses available at the store.
Summer is the perfect time to treat yourself to your favorite pan dulce, and now the Museum Store can help satisfy your sweet tooth with coin purses in the shape of these sugary delights! Offered in an array of colors and flavors, just like at the panaderia, you can choose from concha, payaso, oreja, or envuelto shaped plush wallets. They come in brown (chocolate), white (vanilla) and pink (strawberry). Secure your coins, bills, or knickknacks in this sweet and handy purse produced by P. Rooster Rayos. Available starting at $4.99!
THANK YOU SPONSORS!
The Brown Foundation, Mary Ann Thompson Frenk & Joshua Frenk, John Hogg, M.D. & David Garza, Ana & Alejandro Ruelas, Jane & Manuel Zuniga, David A. Buttross, Eli's House, Priscilla Murr, and Delia Sifuentes.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Community Youth Development Program is funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, through the City of Austin.
Special thanks to the City of Austin Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Advisory Commission.