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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 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.  

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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. Plus, make plans to check out our Gallery Talks on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2020 and Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 with the curators. See below for more details. 

Location

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

Hours

Open Daily: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours & Closures

  • 11/28/2019 - Thanksgiving Day - Closed
  • 11/29/2019 - Day after Thanksgiving - Open - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 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

Admission

The gallery is free and open to the public.

 
Day of the Dead exhibits


 

Gallery Talk with Linda Vallejo - Nov. 19, 2019 6:30 p.m.


Gallery Talk with Dr. Ruben Cordova - Dec. 5, 2019 6:30 p.m.


Upcoming Exhibits

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.

Centro de Artes Strategic Plan Update - January 22, 2019

NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring ProgramJune 27 - September 27, 2019

Nuestra Latinidad February 7 - June 2, 2019

Alberto Mijangos: A Retrospective of His Art (and Life) July 12, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Voz: Selections from the UTSA Art Collection February 8 - June 10, 2018

Status?: Prints from Puerto Rico to San Antonio October 23 - December 17, 2017

Icons & Symbols of the Borderland July 13 - December 17, 2017

A Woman's place is... March 9 - August 20, 2017

Angel Rodriguez Diaz: A Retrospective, 1982-2014 February 9 - June 11, 2017

Our Comida. Our Cultura. December 2016 - February 2017

SATX/MX: Un Viaje Lleno de CulturaOctober 2016 - January 2017

Dia de los Muertos: Honoring our Traditions, Remembering our Loved Ones.October - November 2016

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