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SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 23, 2019) – The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture presents “Nuestra Latinidad,” a collection of four solo exhibitions featuring the works of artist Delilah Montoya, Joshua Perez, Jake Prendez, and Gabriel Villa. “Nuestra Latinidad” opens at Centro de Artes Gallery on Thursday, February 7, 2019 and runs through Sunday, June 2, 2019. It is the first exhibit of the gallery’s 2019-2020 schedule that was selected through the Centro de Artes Open Call.
In 2018, the Department of Arts & Culture hosted a national open call for exhibitions and related programming for Centro de Artes, as part of the strategic plan developed for the gallery in collaboration with the community in 2017. The Centro de Artes committee, a subcommittee of the San Antonio Arts Commission, reviewed and scored 20 of the submitted qualified proposals. Ten of those proposals were selected for the 2019-2020 exhibit schedule.
“The exhibitions selected for the next two years at Centro de Artes represent an array of thoughtful and creative viewpoints from artists of diverse backgrounds, ages, experiences and regions,” said Yadhira Lozano, San Antonio Arts Commission member and chair of the Centro de Artes Committee. “We ask the visitor to think critically and view works that take one beyond the surface of what it means to be Latino and explore the sublayers of our Latinidad. This roster of artists will set the bar for future exhibitions at Centro de Artes and shine a light on Latino art in San Antonio.”
“Nuestra Latinidad” features four solo exhibits occupying both floors of Centro de Artes:
- “Contemporary Casta Portraiture: Nuestra Calidad” by Houston-based artist Delilah Montoya is an ethnographic art project that features 16 present-day photographic group portraits, along with a DNA study for each. These works have been exhibited previously in the Southwest.
- “Todo Está Bien, Everything’s Good” by San Antonio-based photographer Joshua Perez features 35mm and medium format black and white photographs that examine the culture and human condition in south, east, and west San Antonio.
- “Genetic Memory: Xinachtli to Xochitl” highlights the work of Seattle-based Chicano artist Jake Prendez, which deals with identity, Chicanx/Latinx culture, art as a tool for social change, ancestry and connection to indigenous roots.
- “Human Dive” by Chicago-based artist Gabriel Villa features works from four series made by the artist during 2007-2018. These large-scale paintings and drawings focus on subjects including public housing, urban surveillance cameras, the marginalized, gang culture, family, religion, and gentrification.
The exhibit is free and open to the public at the Centro de Artes Gallery, 101 S. Santa Rosa. An opening reception will be held at Centro de Artes on February 7, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. The community is invited to attend the free event.
Following “Nuestra Latinidad,” the remaining exhibits for 2019-2020 are:
- “New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Mentorship Program Exhibition”
June 27-September 29, 2019
NYFA's Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program pairs immigrant artists with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support, guiding them to achieve specific goals and providing them with broader access to urban cultural centers. This exhibit, organized by San Antonio-based artist and educator Kim Bishop, will showcase mentors and the mentees’ art, and the local arts organizations that have partnered with the NYFA Immigrant Program. More than 25 San Antonio-based artists will be featured in the exhibit.
- “Day of the Dead from Aztec to Today” and “Dia de Los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present and Future”
October 24, 2019-January 19, 2020
Centro de Artes will host two exhibits in commemoration of the Day of the Dead. “Day of the Dead from Aztec to Today” will be curated by San Antonio-based artist Ruben C. Cordova, Ph.D., and will present a comprehensive account of the origins and evolution of the Day of the Dead to the current day and extend from the Aztecs through to the modern period in Mexico, to its dissemination to the U.S. The exhibit will feature artists from San Antonio and the southwest region. “Dia de Los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present and Future” will be curated by Los Angeles arts organization, “Self Help Graphics and Art,” which is the leading non-profit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino community of Los Angeles. This exhibition will explore the foundational transnational dialogue between the Chicano/Latino community and Mexico that continues to shape the tradition as celebrated on both sides of the border.
- “XicanX: New Visions” and “Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity”
February 13-June 28, 2020
Visitors to Centro de Artes will witness the evolution of the Chicano art movement from the early generation to the diverse group of contemporary artists working today. San Antonio-based artists Dos Mestizx (Suzy González and Michael Menchaca) will curate “XicanX: New Visions,” a national exhibit spanning Chicano-identifying artists from Texas, California, New York, Chicago, Colorado, New Mexico, and elsewhere. The exhibit will include immersive installations, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and performance art. San Antonio arts organization Centro Cultural Aztlan will curate “Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity,” an exhibit that will feature four of the founders of San Antonio’s Chicano arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s: Jesse Almazan, Jose Esquivel, Felipe Reyes, and Rudy Treviño.
- “Project: MASA-IV”
July 23, 2020-January 2021
This exhibit will be curated by San Antonio artist Luis Valderas. The “Project: MASA” series was organized in 2005 to explore the fascination Mexican-American/Latino artists have with science fiction and their use of tropes to make socio-political statements with their work. The exhibit will include the works of seven Texas artists (L.A David Vato Cosmico, Luis "Chispas" Guerrero, Hector Hernandez, Paul Karam, Raul Servin, Luis Valderas, and Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez) who will each select additional artists to showcase works.
Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio’s Zona Cultural on the grounds of Historic Market Square, Centro de Artes is a two-story exhibit space dedicated to telling the story of the Latino experience with a focus on South Texas through local and regional art, history and culture, and showcasing Latino artists and Latino-themed artworks.
The Centro de Artes Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. More information is available at GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.
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