May 27, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
You’re invited to Mexic-Arte Museum’s Changarreando Instagram Live event with Artist Tina B. Medina on Thursday, May 27th from 5:00pm – 5:45pm 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: Tina B. Medina, Xicanx Bandera, Flags, Thread, 33 ” x 60 “, 2017
About the Artist:
Tina B. Medina is a visual artist and Professor of Art at Mountain View campus, Dallas College. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Texas Tech University and Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Texas. Medina’s art has been exhibited nationally in exhibits such as Immigration, Migration, Movement & The Humanities at Arizona State University, and displayed at the Galería América of the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Medina has curated several exhibits including Contemporary Latino American Artists of the Metroplex at Richland and Brookhaven campuses and ELLA: Exhibiting Local Latina Artists at the Dallas Latino Cultural Center. She was a member of the oldest Texas artist run cooperative 500X Gallery for five years and serves occasionally on City of Dallas Public Art Committees.
“As a US American woman with indigenous and European ancestry, my work addresses my sense of self. I explore issues related to my experiences and thoughts on society and culture. I am compelled to investigate the precariousness of cultural identity. Our past and present history influences how we perceive others, as well as how we perceive ourselves. In my art I explore themes such as US history, ethnicity, gender and power using found objects, mixed media, painting, assemblage, site specific installation, audio, and performance.”
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.