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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.

Located - 101 S. Santa Rosa, Ave., 78207

Admission - free and open to the public

Hours - open daily: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Current Exhibits

Los Maestros and XicanX: New Visions. Two Exhibits, One Location. Exhibitions on view February 13 - June 28, 2020. Gallery located in Market Square.

XicanX: New Visions

On the first floor you’ll experience, “XicanX: New Visions.” This national exhibit curated by Dos Mestizx (Suzy González and Michael Menchaca) challenges previous and existing surveys of Chicano and Latino identity-based exhibitions. Artworks from 34 artists expands upon how Latinx artwork can be established across ideological borders; freely expressing a new wave of images and voices in a post-internet era. 

The XicanX Art Movement consists of artists from a variety of regions, genders and backgrounds, not necessarily with Mexican origins. This exhibition especially highlights the women, queer, immigrant, indigenous and activist artists who are at the forefront of this movement. With roots in painting, murals and printmaking, the XicanX movement expands to include new media, video and installation-based art making. Per Dos Mestizx, these artists are not afraid to use their voices, and often comment on and/or question socio-political issues, identity and contemporary civil-rights through a conceptual means.

Artists include Xandra Ibarra, Yvette Mayorga, Efren Ave, Eric J. Garcia, William Camargo, Lisette Chavez, Nabil Gonzalez, Celeste De Luna, Irene Antonia Diane Reece, Jesusa Marie Vargas, Audrya Flores, Lisa Guevara, Kalli Arte Collective, Yvonne Escalante, Daphne Arthur, Michael R. León, Alan Serna, Xavier Robles Armas, Joel "rage.one" Garcia, Josie Del Castillo, Arleene Correa Valencia, Ben Cuevas, Lilia Berenice Hernandez Galusha, Robert Martinez and Erick Iniguez.

Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity

Then, head up to the second floor to see “Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity.” This exhibition focuses on "three of the underrepresented artists" central to the early Chicano arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s: Jesse Almazán, José Esquivel and Rudy Treviño.  All three artists were members of Con Safo, San Antonio’s first Chicano arts collective. However, the works included in this exhibit highlight their unique contributions and histories as individual artists. 

Excluded from mainstream galleries and museums, these artists began to organize their own groups, exhibitions and galleries, interweaving their shared artistic aspirations with commentaries on the social movements of the time. Many were employed as commercial artists, graphic designers and sign painters. However, their passion was for fine art. Together, they opened new doors for one another and for future generations, and entered into an uncharted exploration of Chicano art, politics and identity.

Centro Cultural Aztlan is the curator of the Los Maestros exhibition. The organization’s Executive Director, Malena Gonzalez-Cid, began developing plans for the exhibition in 2018 through a series of interviews with the featured artists. Centro Cultural Aztlan was founded in 1977 and has been serving San Antonio for 43 years with a mission of preserving, developing and promoting Chicano and Latino art and culture. 

Both exhibits run through June 28, 2020.

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 Latino 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.

We present 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 both emerging and established Latino artists, curators, organizations and community groups working in all disciplines.

Centro de Artes does an open call for curators and artists to whose work represent themes within Latino/Hispanic/Tejano/Chicano heritage and focus. The Centro de Artes Curatorial Committee reviews and evaluates those proposals based upon artistic merit, suitability of the project to its viewing location and the curator’s experience and qualifications.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020