Sep. 1, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – Sep. 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Cover image artwork: (Closeup) Luke Cisneros, Living and Dying, Mural, 5′ x 7′, 2020
Support our September 2021 Changarreando Artist, Luke Cisneros, as we adapt the program to an exciting feature: “Changarreando”. In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarreando with Luke Cisneros allows the artist to bring their work to you. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on original work available for purchase as well as behind the scenes of the artist’s work, space, and creative process.
Luke Cisneros will be at the Mexic-Arte Museum during two weekends featuring his artwork on the Changarrito cart right outside the Museum’s entrance from 12pm – 3pm. Come out and buy his artwork and get to know him in person!
- Saturday, September 18th & Sunday, September 19th
- Saturday, September 25th & Sunday, September 26th
About the Artist:
Luke Cisneros, began his journey after high school which led him to then obtain a Master’s Degree. After teaching undergraduate students and continuously learning, Cisneros eventually got the opportunity to travel to India and gain some knowledge from his time there. Eventually, he made his way back to the U.S.; traveled to Chicago and New York which led him back to Austin where he gave back to the community in the form of art.
“I remember my grandmother going to church at St.Julia’s on Lyons Road in Austin. I remember not understanding why she did it every week. It wasn’t until I got older I started to understand. The building was old and sometimes falling apart. It consists of ordinary materials like cement, wood, and plaster. However with faith that old building became the house of god to my grandmother. It gave her hope when she didn’t have it. It gave her community when she needed it. I see art as a way for myself to find that type of peace.”
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.