Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio’s Zona Cultural on the grounds of Historic Market Square, Centro de Artes gallery 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.
Two Day of the Dead Exhibits in One Location
Our two current exhibits examine and honor the traditions of the Day of the Dead. Long before sugar skulls and flowery skeletons became a pop culture phenomenon, Day of the Dead was celebrated each Fall by Mexican-American residents in San Antonio paying tribute to the relatives lost.
The first floor features Day of the Dead in Art, curated by Dr. Ruben Cordova, with over 100 art objects made by more than 50 artists, most of whom are Mexican or Chicano. It includes a pristine group of vintage prints by José Guadalupe Posada plus prints by Luis Jiménez and two paintings by Vincent Valdez
On the second floor is Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present & Future, presented by Self Help Graphics. This exhibit explores the evolution of the celebration in Los Angeles and the foundational transnational dialogue between the Chicano/Latino community and Mexico that continues to shape this tradition. The exhibit is curated by Linda Vallejo and Dr. Betty Brown.
Here, the Day of the Dead is more than just a day. Visit Centro de Artes now to Jan. 19, 2020 to see these exhibits and learn more about the history and evolution of this bi-national celebration.