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Centro de Artes


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.

 

Gallery Location

Located in Historic Market Square - street address is 101 S. Santa Rosa, Ave., 78207

Admission

The gallery is free and open to the public.

Hours

Open Daily: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours & Closures

Date & Observance Hours
12/24/2019 - Christmas Eve Open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
12/25/2019 - Christmas Day Closed
12/26/2019 – 12/30/2019 Open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
12/31/2019 - New Year's Eve Open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
12/1/2020 - New Year's Day Closed

 

Exhibits Opening February 13 to June 28, 2020
XicanX: New Visions
This national exhibit will span Chicano-identifying artists from Texas, California, New York, Chicago, Colorado, New Mexico and more. XicanX: New Visions acknowledges and appreciates the artistic symbols typically associated with Chicano art, but also hungers for the inclusion of a new wave of images and voices. Curated by San Antonio-based artists Dos Mestizx (Suzy González and Michael Menchaca).

Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity

This exhibition focuses on three of the founders of San Antonio’s Chicano arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s: Jesse Almazan, Jose Esquivel and Rudy Treviño and will highlight their unique contributions and histories as individual artists. Curated by San Antonio arts organization Centro Cultural Aztlan.

Exhibit Opening July 23, 2020 to January 2021
Project: MASA-IV
The Project: MASA series features Latino artists from across the nation who use cosmic iconography to comment on Mestizo issues, culture and/or the Chicano consciousness while melding together the old with the new. The fourth installment of the series will continue both a serious and satirical approach to contemporary events dealing with immigration, identity and social justice. This exhibit is organized by Luis Valderas.


MISSION STATEMENT

Centro de Artes is an institution dedicated to telling the story of the Latino1 experience in the U.S. with a focus on San Antonio and South Texas through local and regional art, history and culture, and dedicated to sharing the transnational experience of Latinos in the U.S.

ABOUT CENTRO DE ARTES

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.

Centro de Artes presents a full season of solo and group exhibitions and programming annually through an open call managed by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture. We support emerging and established Latino artists, curators, organizations, and community groups working in all disciplines.

1. In this document, the term “Latino” will be used to represent all genders and orientations.

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