Jun. 18, 2016 @ 11:00 am – Aug. 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Now in its 21st year, the Young Latino Artists (YLA) exhibition provides emerging Latina/o artists with professional-level museum experience and exposure. Guest curated by Shek Vega, YLA 21: Amexican@ focuses on Latina/o artists who grew up as part of the Millennial Generation. Raised in predominantly Latina/o-populated locales, these artists have altered their way of representing traditional Latina/o works as seen from art produced in response to the Chicano Movement of the 1960s-70s. Art produced by Millennials reflects an inner dialogue; one that resonates with themselves, their Latina/o upbringing, nostalgia, and the influence of the digital age, and the current cultural climate in the United States. Religious iconography, vibrant colors, familiar cultural references, personal issues to the artist, and a solid sense of connection to community are all themes found in the exhibition.
“We are Mexican, we are American, we are the creation of Amexican@.”
David “Shek” Vega
Vanessa Centeno (New Orleans, LA), Justo Cisneros (San Antonio, TX), Essentials Collective (Austin, TX), Hatziel Flores (Dallas, TX), Destiny Mata (New York, NY), James Supa Medrano (San Antonio, TX), Chris Montoya (San Antonio, TX), @Jaime “Flan” Munoz (Los Angeles, CA), Zeke Peña (El Paso, TX), Daniela Riojas (San Antonio, TX), and, Larry Servin (San Antonio, TX).
Photos by Breezy Ritter Photography