Changarreando Artist Angel Ortega Instagram Live Interview
The Mexic-Arte Museum featured Changarreando Artist, Angel Ortega, for the month of July where the artist showcased her work via the Museum’s Instagram account. On Tuesday, August 10th Mexic-Arte Museum Marketing & Events Associate, Mario Villanueva interviewed Angel Ortega. You can watch the recorded live interview by clicking on the link below!
A New El Mero Muro by Artist Alonso Estrada
Artist Alonso Estrada aka The Death Head finished his El Mero Muro, Equidad. Come see the finished mural on the Museum’s north facing wall on Congress Ave. and 5th Street corner! You can view more of Alonso Estrada’s work by visiting his website www.thedeathhead.com. And don’t forget to use #ElMeroMuro on all your El Mero Muro social media posts for a chance to be featured on the Museum’s social media!
“This mural has the purpose of showcasing and representing equity. In education, the term equity refers to the principle of fairness. For years people have been discussing the ways equity can provide our society a way of getting an essential benefit in life, which means everyone can get the same resources. As a dyslexic person myself, I understand the importance of giving someone with a disability a fair and just opportunity. The mural is inspired by equity charts. I decided to put a twist on it, making it look like a kindergarten style art. I was also inspired by old school cartoon backgrounds and animations to create a cartoon-core aesthetic.”
About the Artist
Alonso Estrada is a self taught artist. At age 16 he took his first art class at United High School in Laredo, TX wining awards like “best in state” for graphic design in The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. He attended the AI of Houston and LCC but he dropped out to find his unique art style. He is best known under his pseudonym “The Death Head”. In 2007, he started to use the power of social networking by showing his art, allowing him to be reached and contacted to create collaborations with Upper Play Ground, Girls From OMSK, Deathwish and Famous Stars and Straps. At that time he was also was leaving his mark in the cities of Houston and Austin by dropping art in the streets of the cities where he got the attention of local and international art blogs and magazines like Graffiti All Stars, Blink 182’s blog, and La Spirale. This allowed him to integrate into the local Houston Art scene and gave him the opportunity to participate in art shows like Platano Rock in Spain, MF Gallery NY / Italy, and Coagula Curatorial, LA.
Museum of Pocket Art at the Mexic-Arte Museum presents artist Pete Hoffecker, Tmesis Pieces Exhibition
The Museum of Pocket Art (MoPA) will be on exhibit at the Mexic-Arte Museum in conjunction with its participation in ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21 at El Museo del Barrio in New York. Curated by Elia Alba, Rodrigo Moura, and Susanna Temkin, this is the Museo del Barrio’s first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art featuring more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico. The Museum of Pocket Art will display a selection of artwork from over 200 artists spanning its 16 year history. As an addition to the curated retrospective, three new pocket exhibitions will rotate every two months on view at El Museo’s gallery spaces as well as at Mexic-Arte Museum.
Founded in 2004 by artist Robert Jackson Harrington, the Museum of Pocket Art (MoPA) began with an idea that everyone should carry with them a small artwork in a pocket to enrich their day and share with others. MoPA developed this idea and organized it into a formal venue for contemporary artists and patrons. MoPA introduces artwork from contemporary artists in an intimate and personal way. The Museum displays works of art created to fit in the pocket, usually around the size of a business card, in galleries selected to best frame the work.
MoPA shows at the opening of other art exhibits, or “leeches” the reception. At the reception, a MoPA representative approaches people individually and asks if they would like to visit the Museum, and then shares the works on display. Featured artists representing the Museum of Pocket Art at Mexic-Arte Museum will include Peter Hoffecker Mejia, Tammie Rubin, and Michelle Ellsworth. Be sure to ask for the Museum of Pocket Art when you visit the Mexic-Arte Museum – for sure – it’s absolutely in a pocket! The current artist is Peter Hoffecker Mejia with Tmesis Pieces.
Tmesis, meaning to cut, is a device used in informal language where one word, or phrase is separated into parts, by another word being interjected between them. In much of my work, I am exploring a compressed space and a thinking of how rupture, overlay, and interjection, often remove, reveal, and alter. Here, I am fragment dealer, splicing family photos, translucent vinyl, acrylic sheet, and thread, to create a composite, alluding to a blurred record, and a fractured narrative.
Peter Hoffecker Mejia’s work is engaged in the exploration and mediation of intersectional cultural identity, hierarchies of representation, and the politics of abstraction. His structures investigate the blurred points of contact resulting from estrangement, while also looking at the continuing impacts of colonialism. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, and raised in the United States, Hoffecker Mejía received his BFA from the University of Memphis and an MFA from Indiana University. His work has appeared in print and online magazines including New American Paintings, Create! Magazine and others. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Ox-Bow School of Art, the Studios at MASS MoCA, the Vermont Studio Center, and others. He is currently Assistant Professor at Western Oregon University.
Los Pueblos Originarios – Honoring the Dead – Continuing Traditions – Photos by Mary J. Andrade
The Mexic-Arte Museum is beyond proud to announce the recent acquisition of the The Mary J. Andrade Passion for Life, Day of the Dead in Mexico Photography Collection. Mary J. Andrade is a prominent figure in the study of Day of the Dead and has documented the celebration in different states of the Mexican Republic from 1987 to 2016. Mary J. Andrade, Cultural Advisor for the Disney Pixar Oscar Winning Movie “Coco,” began researching Day of the Dead in 1987 in Janitzio, Michoacan. Since then, Mary has covered a different state of the Mexican Republic each year, gathering information and taking photographs of the celebration of this pre-Hispanic tradition known as Day of the Dead, a tradition that has evolved through the centuries and has become an integral part of the Mexican spirit and culture. The exhibit features photographs of various areas of Mexico and how this age-old tradition is celebrated in distinct communities. Exhibit dates are
Sept. 17, 2021- Nov. 22, 2021.
Thank you to Our Sponsors
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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Exhibition and Art Education Programs Support: 3M, AeroMexico, Ampersand Art Supply, Trey Andrade, Applied Materials, Austin Community Foundation/Stand with Austin, Austin Convention Center, Austin Independent School District Creative Classrooms, Austin Latino Coalition, Charles Beckman, Michael Best, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brown Foundation, Brown Distributing Company, Dr. Frank Cardenas, City of Austin Community Youth Development Program, Clay Imports, Endeavor Real Estate Group, Fonda San Miguel, Tom Gilliland, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, Juan J Gutierrez and Rosa K Gutierrez, H-E-B, H-E-B Tournament of Champions, GTOPS, Hendler Flores Law, Humanities Texas, Junior League of Austin, JP Peace Love & Happiness Foundation, Mickey and Jeanne Klein, Ann McEldowney, Mindpop, National Endowment for the Arts, Ingrid and James Taylor, Mike Taylor, Michael Torres, Serie Print Project, Morgan Stanley, Efficient Steel, Bettina & Travis Mathis, Elizabeth Rogers, Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr., Rosa Santis & Pedro SS Services, Marina Sifuentes, Susto Mezcal, Texas Mutual, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Delia Sifuentes, Texas Gas Service, Texas Commission on the Arts, Tribeza, Univision 62, Univision Radio, Lola Wright Foundation, and Jane & Manuel Zuniga.