July 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
You’re invited to Mexic-Arte Museum’s Changarreando Instagram Live event with Artist Guadalupe Hernandez on Thursday, July 1st from 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm CST taking place virtually through the Museum’s Instagram account @mexic_arte! Dr. George Vargas, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator and Director of Programs, will facilitate the virtual event with a series of questions directed at the artist including a Q&A taking place during the last 20 minutes of the event.
Artwork: Guadalupe Hernandez, Sabor de Mexico, Oil on Panel, 16” x 12”, 2021
About the Artist:
Guadalupe Hernandez, is Mexican born artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. His works explore the Mexican through the depictions of people and scenes from Mexico through the lenses of childhood memories and experiences.
“Throughout my artistic journey, the exploration of the human figure has been of significant importance, focusing on the anatomical structure and rendering of the human form. In my most recent works I have become intrigued more in capturing the essence, emotion of the individual. This is accomplished through expressive marks, use of color and thick application of the paint in order (plum) evoke the soul from the canvas. Drawing inspiration from my Mexican heritage I am exploring the human figure through the lens of people, places, and memories from my childhood. As I work, I often think about my cultural identity. What is my place in the culture? What do I not understand? How are we portrayed? These questions about my own identity have originated from Mexican and Chicano(a) authors such as Gloria Anzaldua and Octavio Paz and their exploration of the Mexican identity both in Mexico and the United States. This series of paintings will explore men and women, different groups within Mexico and tackle concepts such as machismo, colorism, and social status.”
Changarrito is an art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selection presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. The word “changarreando”, is a verb form that comes from the noun “changarro,” slang originating in Mexico City for “a small retail store.” The suffix “-ando” adds significant meaning to the word but can be summarized here as indicating the act or action of hanging out at a “changarro” with the featured artist.
Faithful to their original, informal spirit, Changarritos exist throughout the world, evolving as forums for the sale of original artwork to the general public, presentation of public programs, special curatorial projects, individual and collective exhibitions. Changarreando takes this a step further to connect with people through social media, generate interaction with art, and embrace the digital era with our existing programs!
True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito and Changarreando are dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art. Normally, artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). Changarreando expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online, while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram and receive 100% of the sale. For each Changarrito/Changarreando artist, the Museum acquires a work of art for its permanent collection.