Crossing The Line: Drawings from the Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection

Drawing—as an immediate or raw expression of thought or emotion—is defined as a form of visual art in which a person uses various drawing instruments to mark paper, or other platforms. The practice can employ a wide range of materials beyond the pencil including pen and ink, graphite pencils, inked brushes, various kinds of paints, colored pencils, crayons, charcoal, chalk, pastels, erasers, markers, styluses, metals, or new media. Crossing the Line: Drawings from the Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection will exhibit the works of more than forty artists who delve into these assorted techniques." Works range from functional drawings such as anatomy studies, sketches, and mural drawings, to figurative renderings and abstract works that push the boundaries of what is considered a drawing. Through these diverse genres, featured artists explore a wide array of themes including notions of identity, culture, and drawing as a method to communicate, document, and interpret our reality.

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Young Latinx Artists 24: BUEN VIVIR/VIVIR BIEN

This marks the 24th year for this annual exhibition dedicated to the professional development of emerging Latino/a/x artists and curators. Guest curated by Tatiane Schilaro Santa Rosa, YLA 24 brings together the works of eleven Latino/a/x artists to explore the theme of buen vivir or good living, The presenting artwork reflects the notion of decolonizing Western worldviews by tackling issues such as climate change, the legacies of colonization, immigration, and racism.

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Expresiones en Esculturas, Expressions in Sculptures

The Mexic-Arte Museum is pleased to present an exhibition of sculptures selected from the contemporary art collection. These artworks have been donated and collected over the past 35 years thanks to the support of generous artists and donors. The works on display range from figurative to conceptual and employ a variety of media including, but not limited to wood, fabric, plastic, clay, metal, and paper.

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Dia de los Muertos & Community Altars

This year marks the 36th Annual Día de Los Muertos & Community Altars Exhibition which incorporates community ofrendas (altars), el Día de Los Muertos inspired art from the Museum’s permanent collection, a section dedicated to Mexican Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata, mojigangas (large sculptures) from the Museum’s Viva la Vida Parade & Festival, and an art installation by our Artists in Residence Yocelyn Riojas and Jerry Silguero to raise awareness about immigration issues in the Borderlands.

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Unseen Prints

An exhibition displaying various forms of printmaking, including a print portfolio Tejanos: The Border Crossed Us, prints from the Mexico City based workshop Taller 75 Grados, and more.

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Nacimiento Popular

This striking Mexican nativity scene, generously donated by Edwin R. Jordan, is the largest museum display in Texas, with over 400 pieces that reflect the way in which nacimiento-making has transformed within Mexico to integrate uniquely Mexican motifs, styles, and iconography.

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Totally Cool, Totally Art

Totally Cool, Totally Art (TCTA) is a city program which offers community-based arts education for Austin teens in grades 7 to 12. Mexic-Arte Museum’s ongoing partnership with the City of Austin provides a formal gallery space for the display of artwork created by teens in TCTA after-school workshops.

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Bruno Andrade Retrospective: A Native of South Texas

This first ever retrospective exhibition features the artwork of American painter Bruno Andrade (born in San Antonio in 1947), a native of Corpus Christi in South Texas. He loved the big sky and bright sun of Texas, and he never forgot his Mexican American or Chicano heritage. A highly accomplished painter, Andrade was known as an abstract colorist. His art was exhibited in major exhibitions and reproduced in mainstream art publications.

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The 37th Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition

In observance of the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, Mexic-Arte Museum presents ​The 37th Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition.​ Since 1984 when the Museum presented its first Day of the Dead exhibition, ​La Muerte Vive (Death Lives)​, this exhibition pays tribute to the tradition that celebrates the return of the dead by their families and friends on October 31 to November 2.

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ELA 25: Intersección: Choque & Alivio, Intersection: Shock & Relief Exhibition

​Mexic-Arte Museum proudly presents ​ELA (Emerging
Latinx Artists) 25: Intersección: Choque & Alivio, Intersection: Shock & Relief,​ (formally known as ​YLA​, ​Young Latinx Artists) which celebrates the last twenty five years of exhibitions featuring emerging Latinx artists. This exhibition will showcase artists converging at the crossroads of aesthetic interests and cultural history. The exhibition aims to discover shared life experiences, a (s)mashup or crash (​choque​) at intersecting lanes of similarities and differences as expressed in the artistically diverse artworks. In reaction to this historical era of identity politics and civic unrest, these artists respond in a visual dialogue, drawing from their cultural experience and sociopolitical consciousness. This year’s exhibition will be curated by Dr. George Vargas, Curator and Director of Programs at Mexic-Arte Museum.

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Online Opening Reception for ELA 25: Intersección: Choque & Alivio/ Intersection: Shock & Relief Exhibition

The Mexic-Arte Museum is hosting an Online Opening Reception for, ELA 25: Intersección: Choque & Alivio, Intersection: Shock & Relief Exhibition. Starting on Friday, September 25th at 11am CST online visitors will get a chance to look through the exhibition via the Mexic-Arte Museum website with additional content such as artist and artwork details, a chance to purchase Museum Memberships at discounted prices, and ways you can continue to support the Museum!

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