Life and Experiences in the U.S/Mexico Borderlands Virtual Exhibition

Dec. 19, 2020

Dec. 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am Aug. 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

About

Mexic-Arte Museum presents the virtual exhibition Life and Experiences in the U.S/Mexico Borderlands, on view now through the Museum’s website and the Museum’s CultureConnect portal. In early 2020, Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. (1946 – 2021), a former reference librarian and subject specialist for art and Chicanx studies at The University of Texas at El Paso, donated his vast collection to Mexic-Arte Museum, which he had amassed over 30 years. The Sandoval Collection is comprised of over 1,500 artworks, many of them created by Mexican and Latinx artists. It includes prints, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and popular art from the El Paso region, as well as Mexico. The Collection also contains hundreds of publications and ephemerae. Juan Sandoval’s dedicated patronage to the arts is a monumental achievement, and his legacy will allow countless generations to engage with these important works. Mexic-Arte is grateful that Juan Sandoval chose to donate his work to the Museum.

In addition, a large part of the full exhibition focuses on artworks on the Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands, and features a unique virtual component. Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands examines the cultural history and social issues of the border as portrayed by artists in the El Paso/Juárez and the U.S. Mexico border region.

This part of the exhibition is enhanced with a web page, an online exhibition and a virtual lecture series, all established in order to better reach a broader audience. The exhibition is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Themes

Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands is divided into five themes: Creating a Border; Land, Fauna, and Allegories; I am Immigrant You Are; Immigrant Dream and Nightmare; and The Culture Continues/La Cultura Sigue. The Sandoval Collection represents the unique distinct history and culture of the borderlands or la frontera. In keeping with our mission, the Museum’s Collection is a vehicle whereby the public can gain access to valuable information on cultural heritage. Humanities programs encourage an understanding of humanity in the broader culture of Texas, and in the global community.


Artwork used in event banner:  Luis Jimenez, Cruzando el Río Bravo, 1987, Lithograph on paper, 38 3/4″ x 28 1/2″. Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection


CultureConnect is a new mobile tool that Mexic-Arte Museum is utilizing to make exhibitions and artwork accessible to the community. Through CultureConnect, Mexic-Arte Museum can present curated information about the artwork and give the viewer a chance to explore the artist and artwork in depth!


Virtual Lecture Series

In conjunction with the online exhibit, the Mexic-Arte Museum hosted a series of online lectures led by art historians and professors March 6th – May 1st. The virtual lectures will be live streamed via Zoom and Facebook Live, and moderated by Mexic-Arte Museum Curator & Director of Programs, Dr. George Vargas. Participants can pre-register for any of the events, or simply view the lectures on the Museum’s Facebook page on the day of each event. 


Introduction to Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands Exhibition

Gallery Tour

Land, Fauna, and Allegories: Performance, Art, and Video in the Chihuahua Desert

Lecture led by Dr. Laura Gutiérrez

As part of the virtual lecture, we invite you to read or download Dr. Laura Gutiérrez’s essay, Land, Fauna, and Allegories: Performance, Art, and Video in the Chihuahua Desert.

Borders, Migration and Art. The U.S. Mexico Experience

Lecture led by Dr. Gilberto Cárdenas

As part of the virtual lecture, we invite you to read or download Dr. Gilberto Cárdenas’s essay, Borders, Migration, and Art. The U.S. Mexico Experience.


La Frontera /The Border as Reflected in the Cinematic Lens

Lecture led by Dr. David Maciel

As part of the virtual lecture, we invite you to read or download Dr. David Maciel’s essay, La Frontera /The Border as Reflected in the Cinematic Lens.

Mexican Mobility in Perspective: Building Futures / Closing Pathways

Lecture led by Dr. Sarah Lopez

As part of the virtual lecture, we invite you to read or download Dr. Sarah Lopez’s essay, Mexican Mobility in Perspective: Building Futures / Closing Pathways.

Creating the Border: Art, Politics, and Stories

Lecture led by Dr. John Morán González

As part of the virtual lecture, we invite you to read or download Dr. Dr. John Morán González’s essay, Creating the Border: Art, Politics, and Stories.

Arte Para Niños

Below are downloadable worksheets that can be printed or completed virtually on any mobile device. Tag (@mexic_artedu on Instagram) or email () with your completed worksheet for a chance to be featured on Mexic-Arte Museum’s social media! All featured advanced art lessons are TEKS aligned, and can be taught in and out of a classroom.


Download the timeline, which covers the Life and Experiences in the U.S/Mexico Borderlands Exhibition trajectory from AD 400 to present day.


Photograph of Juan Sandoval Jr. by Sylvia Orozco. August 2000
“When you first buy art, you start buying many disparate items and as your knowledge and taste becomes more sophisticated, you realize that there should be a focus. I decided to build a collection of Latino and Hispanic art which could be left as a cultural legacy to some organization that would make it available to Hispanics in general.”

– Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr.

From How a UTEP Librarian Became a Latino Art Collector  Originally published November 14, 2014  By Kristopher Rivera / UTEP News Service

The Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands


An online exhibition and lecture series are made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



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