Nacimientos: Traditional Mexican Nativity Scenes

Nacimientos: Traditional Mexican Nativity Scenes presents the custom of Nacimentos that survives in present-day Mexico as a visual amalgam of indigenous pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial representations. On display are handmade nativity scenes from the Museum’s permanent collection that are crafted from a variety of materials. These altars depict not only the customary manger, but a reflection of Mexico’s landscape, such as cacti, turkeys, and market scenes.

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Desert Triangle Print Carpeta

The Desert Triangle Print Carpeta exhibition will feature the work of 30 printmakers from the Southwest. Organized by KRRRL (Karl Whitaker), the prints in this carpeta, or print portfolio, were produced in 14 different studios across the “desert triangle” region in 2015 with the objective to bring exposure to artists living and working in “the hottest, driest stretch of flyover country,” as Whitaker notes.

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The Art of Olinalá

The Art of Olinalá spotlights works by artisans of the state of Guerrero, located on the Pacific Coast of Southwest Mexico. These artists are dedicated to preserving centuries-old laborious methods of producing and applying lacquer—techniques that originate from the Olmec peoples, the mother culture of Mesoamerican civilizations. The little boxes Olinalá are the artistic pieces most emblematic of the region but artisans also produce other objects of great quality, such as gourds, chests, trays and jewelry boxes.

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Changarrito Project: Selections from the Collection 2016 – 2018

Changarrito Project: Selections from the Collection 2016 – 2018 will feature works displaying the diversity and richness found in the styles and techniques of the emerging Latinx artist community of Austin, making for a truly unique and rare insight into the Permanent Collection at Mexic-Arte Museum.

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Young Latinx Artists 23: Beyond Walls, Between Gates, Under Bridges

This marks the 23rd year for this annual exhibition dedicated to the professional development of emerging Latinx artists and curators.Guest curated by Rocha Rochelli, YLA 23 brings together the works of eleven Latinx artists to explore the complexities of the U.S./Mexico border region. Drawing from their personal experiences, memories, histories, and familial bonds, the work of these artists focuses on the social, cultural, and political realities of life on the border.

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Chapel Shrine: Paintings by John Patrick Cobb

Long admired for his meticulous and exacting approach to painting and his use of old fashioned techniques, Austin artist John Patrick Cobb has created renderings of Biblical imagery for more than three decades. Cobb studied at the Rhode Island School of Design before spending an extended period of time backing on a Vespa through Europe. He eventually returned to Austin and earned his Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree from St. Edward’s University.

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Danzas Matlachines: Tesoros y Patrimonio Cultural, Las Tradiciónes Continúan

On December 9, 1531, an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared before a newly converted indigenous man, Juan Diego. The Virgen de Guadalupe appeared with a dark complexion and spoke in Nahuatl. She asked that a church be built in her name at the spot of her appearance, Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City and site of a shrine dedicated to the female Aztec deity Tonantzin. Juan Diego relayed his account to the disbelieving local bishop who in turn demanded additional evidence of the apparition. She appeared again on December 12, 1531 and instructed Juan Diego to collect roses in his tilma (a cloak). He took the roses to the bishop and when he opened his cloak, the roses fell to the floor revealing the image of the Virgen de Guadalupe imprinted on the inside. The bishop saw this as confirmation of a divine miracle and it was then that the church was built.

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Mix ‘n’ Mash: Migration

The annual exhibition will display works by over 200 artists, created on quality panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply. Each limited-edition Mix ‘n’ Mash artwork is uniquely crafted for the exhibition, including a special selection exploring the theme of migration. All proceeds from Mix ‘n’ Mash: Migration support the Museum’s exhibitions, educational programming for children and adults, and the upkeep and care of the Museum's Permanent Collection.

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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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