Young Latino Artists 20: Within Reach & Serie Project: Special Editions
June 12, 2015 – August 23, 2015 (Main Gallery)
Guest Curator: Ricky Yanas
June 12, 2015 – July 12, 2015 (Annex Gallery)
Date: Friday, June 12, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Admission: $10 or FREE for Museum Members or FREE with the donation of a potted plant*
Activity: Speaking in Other Voices Screen Printing Workshop with Isaiah Carrasco
Refreshments: Licha’s Cantina & Specialty Prickly Pear Cocktail
Music: DJ Executive Realness
Parking Option 1: Enter on Brazos St. (between 3rd and 4th) $5 parking. Credit Card Only.
Parking Option 2: Enter on 4th St. (next to FedEx) $5-$7. Cash Only.
*Plants will be incorporated into the exhibition.
The Young Latino Artists (YLA) exhibition has historically provided Latina/o artists under the age of thirty-five with professional-level museum experience and exposure. Now in its twentieth year, YLA 20: Within Reach is guest curated by visual artist Ricky Yanas. Mestizaje, as Chicana activist and writer Gloria Anzaldua defined the term, is a border consciousness that comes from the “continual intermarriage between Mexican and American Indians and Spaniards.” Unlike the myth of the American “melting pot”, Mestizaje embraces contradiction and plurality, emphasizing the act of cultural mixing and transition as key to its understanding.
YLA 20: Within Reach embodies this philosophy by interweaving a multitude of artistic practices and ideas, finding points of intersection and divergence in a garden of objects, images, and flora. This exhibition brings together stand-alone and site-specific works by nine Chicano/a, Tejano/a, Mexicano/a, and Puertorriqueño/a artists focusing on acts of negation/destruction and reinterpretation/revitalization, highlighting that generative space between these conflicting ideas. Through processes of collage, archiving, and personal and environmental exploration, these artists are beginning to break down the alienating messages produced by dominant corporate culture, finding new symbols and mythologies in their own personal histories and the physical space around them. The title of the exhibition, Within Reach, refers not only to the proximity of these artists to their materials and subjects, but also to a future free of corrosive mainstream influences, driven by trust in one's own cultural heritage and experience.
The exhibition was conceived of as a garden, literal and metaphorical, where images, objects and ideas mix and converse. Alcoves, nooks, and passageways open to new contrasts. The potted plants contrast against the institutional space of the museum and the artworks, echoing a possibility of personal and political growth from that place between nature and artifice. We encourage visitors to bring their own potted plants so they may be incorporated into the exhibition.
Featured YLA 20 Artists: Jaime Alvarez (Philadelphia, PA); Annmarie Avila (Philadelphia, PA); Tamara Becerra Valdez (Austin, TX); Grimaldi Baez (Philadelphia, PA); Isaiah Carrasco (Dallas, TX); Teresa Cervantes (Philadelphia, PA); Lauren Moya-Ford (Austin, TX); Ashley Thomas (Austin, TX); and Hope Mora (Buffalo, NY).
The second exhibition is Serie Project: Special Edition, featuring special, limited edition prints from artists who participated in the Serie Project Program. For 20 years, the Serie Project has upheld their mission by continuously collaborating with both established and emerging artists from all backgrounds and mediums to help them achieve their individual aspirations through the art of serigraphy. During this time, the Serie Project has continued to promote awareness of cultural diversity and its importance in the community through the production of the Special Editions. Special Editions were produced separately from the “Serie Editions” and these Special Editions originated from commissions, invitations, special projects, or separate portfolios. Each artist had a unique opportunity to learn or enhance their serigraphy technique and collaborate with the Master Printers at Coronado Studio to create an original limited edition of up to 50 prints. Artists have addressed issues of race, immigration, class, sexuality and gender in their artwork, in addition to approaching formal and conceptual aspects of serigraphy itself. As a result, the Serie Project collection exhibits a broad range of artistic themes and multicultural wealth.
Select Serie Project Artists: Eric Avery; Connie Arismendi; Sam Coronado; Gaspar Enriquez; Sandra C. Fernández; John Hernandez; Don Juan; Beili Liu; Alma Lopez; Celia Muñoz; Tony Ortega; Carlos Torralba; Vincent Valdez; and others.