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Artworks by Seven San Antonio Artists Explore Relationship between Food and Cultural Identity in New ‘Our Comida. Our Cultura.’ Exhibit

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Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture


Artworks by Seven San Antonio Artists Explore Relationship between Food and Cultural Identity in New ‘Our Comida. Our Cultura.’ Exhibit
Exhibit also features Historic Cookbooks and Photos, and Special Digital Reading List by the San Antonio Public Library

SAN ANTONIO (December 9, 2016) – The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture presents a new exhibit of works by seven San Antonio visual artists that explores the relationship between food and cultural identity in San Antonio. “Our Comida. Our Cultura.” addresses the role that food plays as a catalyst of social interaction and cultural identification, and showcases San Antonio’s long tradition of Mexican, Mexican-American, and Tex-Mex food cultures. The exhibit, free and open to the public, is currently on display at the Centro de Artes Gallery, 101 S. Santa Rosa, and runs through Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. 

The exhibit highlights food culture from pre-Columbian and early Mesoamerican cooking to the birth of Tex-Mex, and the contemporary reworking of these traditional recipes by inquisitive chefs. Each artist has chosen subjects that connect to their family, roots, and their personal experiences.

“Food and family play an important role in Latino culture,” District 1 Councilman Roberto C. Treviño said. “In San Antonio, this is especially true. It is not uncommon in our city to have a celebration, a family gathering, or even a business meeting take place over a kitchen or restaurant table. This exhibit showcases how food, culture and tradition bring people together.”  

“Our Comida. Our Cultura.” includes the works of seven San Antonio artists: Rolando Briseño, David Casillas, Jimena Marin, Destiny Mata, Arlene Mejorado, Mark Menjivar, and Chuck Ramirez. Works include paintings, photographs, drawings, and an installation. Historic images of San Antonio’s Chili Queens and historic Mexican and Texan cookbooks from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Special Collections are also on display as part of the exhibit. 

The San Antonio Public Library has created a digital reading list to accompany the “Our Comida. Our Cultura.” exhibit for visitors to learn more about food and culture. Titles on the digital reading list include cookbooks like “Los Barrios Family Cookbook,” by Diana Barrios Treviño and “Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex,” by Cappy Lawton, as well as non-fiction books including “The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans,” by 2015 Texas State Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla. The titles can be downloaded for free, directly to your mobile device. Don’t have a library card? Visit for a temporary card. To access the digital reading list, visit

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 Department of Arts & Culture is also currently presenting the “SATX/MX: Un Viaje Lleno de Cultura” exhibit in Centro de Artes. These works by 21 San Antonio artists celebrate San Antonio’s shared roots and cultural exchange with Mexico.

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



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