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Cultural Legacy of U.S.-Mexico Border Examined in 'Icons & Symbols of the Borderland' Exhibit at Centro de Artes

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Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture


Cultural Legacy of U.S.-Mexico Border Examined in “Icons & Symbols of the Borderland” Exhibit at Centro de Artes


SAN ANTONIO (July 19, 2017) – Twenty-five artists living on or informed by the U.S/Mexico border are featured in the latest exhibit at Centro de Artes, presented by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture. “Icons & Symbols of the Borderland” provides a regional context for viewers to reflect upon their own roots, bridge connections to their cultural and environmental landscape, and envision their place within a global community. Organized by the Juntos Art Association and curated by Diana Molina, the exhibit includes 109 pieces and is laid out thematically pertaining to socio-political issues, immigration topics, collective memory, philosophical ideals, religious iconography, the environmental landscape, and food culture. Variations of this traveling exhibit have been shown previously at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin and the University of Texas at El Paso’s Centennial Museum. 

“This exhibit stays true to the mission of Centro de Artes in telling the story of the Latino experience with a focus on San Antonio and South Texas, while showcasing Latino artists and Latino-themed artworks,” said Debbie Racca-Sittre, Department of Arts & Culture Director. “This exhibit has been shown at the University of Texas at El Paso and the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin – two established institutions – and we are excited to partner with the JUNTOS Art Association to now make it available to San Antonio residents and visitors.”

Participating artists include: Ricky Armendáriz, Nanobah Becker, Antonio Castro, Mark Clark, David DeWitt, Socorro Diamonstein, Leticia Diaz, Gaspar Enríquez, Priscilla Garcia-Franzoni, Chris Grijalva-García, Wayne Hilton, Romy Sáenz Hawkins, Wopo Holup, Benito Huerta, Ilana Lapid, Lydia Limas, Cesar Martínez, Diana Molina, Delilah Montoya, Oscar Moya, José Rivera, Roberto Salas, Victoria Suescum, Miguel Valenzuela, and Andy Villarreal.

Accompanying events for this exhibit include: artist panel discussions on August 16 and December 6; “100,000 Poets for Change” Global Event Day on September 30; an art and ecology project on September 30; and a film screening on October 18. 

“Now more than ever, the U.S. Mexico borderland has become the focus on an international audience. The icons and symbols of the region have been vital in providing a framework for ideals, emotions, philosophy, and patterns of behavior,” Molina said. “This exhibition is an embodiment of the landscape and cultural legacy of this terrain in respect to a global community.”

This exhibit opened on July 13 and runs through Sunday, December 17, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Centro de Artes, located at 101 S. Santa Rosa in Historic Market Square, is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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