An accumulation of lectures and talks the Mexic Arte has done in conjunction with exhibitions or talks about highlighted issues and topics relating to art.
Bruno Andrade Exhibition
Curator and Director of Programs, Dr. George Vargas introduces the Andrade Exhibition. He describes the artist’s background, training, and identity as an American landscape painter, a native painter of South Texas, Chicano artist, and an abstract colorist and master educator.
Dr. Vargas relates to viewers Andrade’s early years as a graduate art student at The University of Michigan (U of M), studying for his M.F.A. in painting. At U of M, Andrade was inspired by his teachers, abstract expressionists, and Dr. Arnheim, a Gestalt psychologist.
Dr. Vargas talks about Andrade’s sense of spirituality, shaped by three sources of inspiration in his life. Nature tremendously influenced the artist, providing him with truth, beauty, and tranquility. The environment of Corpus Christi affected Andrade’s love of the Texas landscape and the natural light, which inspired his color palette.
Dr. Vargas describes Andrade’s still lifes: Live a Love and Feeling so Sweet; both paintings also incorporate landscapes. Vargas next introduces the history of landscape painting, contextualized within the hierarchy of the French Academy. He ends by speaking about two of Andrade’s landscapes: Part of the Plan and The Answer Lies Within.
Dr. Vargas credits colorist Josef Albers with inspiring Andrade’s experiments with color. He then concentrates on Andrade’s late work, starting with Heart to Heart, which is organized using Renaissance perspective (overlap and atmospheric) and Gestalt theory (patterns, for example).
This video describes Bruno Andrade as a Master Educator, besides being a Master Artist. Vargas speaks about Andrade’s lesson plans (both typed and handwritten notes) that are displayed in the Andrade Retrospective Exhibition at the Mexic-Arte Museum.