Bruno Andrade Retrospective: A Native South Texas Exhibition Panel Discussion

Aug. 22, 2020

Aug. 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am 1:00 pm

Event agenda:

  • Introduction
    • Jose Martinez, Education Associate
    • Dr. George Vargas, Curator and Director of Programs
    • Panel Lecturers: Trey Andrade, Professor Joe Peña, and Dr. Carey Rote
  • Trey Andrade
    • “The Color Theory of Bruno Andrade” 
  • Professor Joe Pena
    • “Legacy of Bruno Andrade, An Artist as an Educator”
  • Dr. Carey Rote
    • “The Nature of Color”
  • Closing
    • Q & A 
    • Closing remarks

Mexic-Arte Museum is proud to host Bruno Andrade Retrospective: A Native of South Texas Panel Discussion. Panelists will examine the place of Bruno Andrade in American and Latinx art history and his impact as an educator in South Texas. Online viewers can access our live video on Saturday, August 22nd through the zoom link provided above or through Facebook live during the event. This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Our panel will be moderated by Mexic-Arte Museum Curator & Director of Programs Dr. George Vargas, facilitated by Mexic-Arte Museum Education Associate, Jose Martinez and with panel speakers Trey Andrade, Joe Peña, and Dr. Carey Rote. Following the discussion, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Dr. George Vargas, will lead a question and answer session with the audience.

Dr. George Vargas is the Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum. He attended The University of Michigan where he earned his PHD in art history, concentrating on Mexican and Mexican American art. He was a Professor of Art History (ret.) at Texas A & M University, Kingsville, where he co-founded the Institute of Engineering Heritage and founded the Rural Arts Program. Vargas is a published author, and his book Contemporary Chican@ Art: Color and Culture for a New America documents the history of Chicana/o art. His essay “Carlos Lopez: A Forgotten Michigan Painter,” appeared in Art On Cuba, Havana, Cuba,December 2017. Another essay “Into the Crucible of Change: Progress and Challenges in 21st Century Chicana/o Art” was published by ISTOR Journal in 2018. Vargas has organized numerous major exhibitions, including two exhibitions Aztlan (in Madrid, Spain) and Menudo (in Corpus Christi), both featuring the Chicano Art Collection of celebrity actor Cheech Marin.

Bruno William “Trey” Andrade, Bruno Andrad’s son, helped the Mexic-Arte Museum organize the Andrade Retrospective Exhibition. He earned his BFA at Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) and an MFA at the University of Delaware, where he served as an Assistant Professor. Trey Andrade studied Color Theory in Bruno Andrade’s course at TAMUCC. Currently, he works as a Color Process Engineer. His lecture for the Andrade Panel is called “The Color Theory of Bruno Andrade.”

Joe Peña is an Associate Professor of Art at Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), where he received his MFA. While enrolled at TAMUCC, Peña studied with his mentor Bruno Andrade. He worked as a gallery assistant at MB Modern Gallery in New York City, helping Andrade with gallery operations. He has an extensive exhibition record, and has been represented in print and online publications: Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, Los Tejanos: Chicano Art from the Collection of Cheech Marin, Guitar Aficionado, Texas Monthly, The Austin American Statesman, and ArtScope New England, and Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. Selected collections include the Cheech Marin Collection of Art, Los Angeles, CA, and La Universidad de Oaxaca, Oaxaca City, Mexico. His lecture for the Andrade Panel is entitled ”Legacy of Bruno Andrade, An Artist as an Educator.”

Dr. Carey Rote is a Professor of Art History at Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). She received her PHD in Art History at the University of Texas, Austin, and she is an expert in Pre-Colombian and Guatemalan art who also specializes in Day of the Dead art, Chicano art, and Mexican colonial art. Dr. Rote has served as Weil Gallery Director and Chair of the Division of Visual and Performing Arts, as well as Chair of the Department of Art at TAMUCC. Rote wrote the book Cesar A. Martinez: A Retrospective, which serves as the catalog for a retrospective exhibition, in which she served as curator at San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum. Recently, she completed the cataloging of a large collection of pre-Columbian art for a private collector. She also obtained funding from the Texas Research Development Fund grant to conduct research on the Virgin of Guadalupe in contemporary South Texas art. Rote serves as treasurer of the Pan American Round Table, which provides annual scholarships to TAMUCC students, serves on the board of governors for the Art Center of Corpus Christi and has participated as a table leader for the past 12 years for the Advanced Placement History of Art Exam. In addition, she has had articles in numerous publications; presented papers across the nation, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Macedonia; and has been involved with many art history activities and Day of the Dead lectures. Dr. Rote will present her lecture “The Nature of Color” at the Andrade Panel event.

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