Mexic-Arte Museum Hosted Its First In-Person Performance of the Year: A TransfronterizXperience
The Mexic-Arte Museum hosted its first in-person performance of the year, A TransfronterizXperience & Friends on Friday, June 25th from 6pm – 8pm. Performers included Tereso Perfecto Contreras, singer/songwriter Amalia Mondragón, DJ Birth DFX, and Victor “Mask” Casas. The event celebrated both Pride Month and the Museum’s current in-person exhibition, Mexico, the Border and Beyond: Selections from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. Collection. Amalia Mondragón and Tereso Perfecto Contreras are currently working on a concept album entitled “Transfronterizx” which seeks to amplify the unique life of the Transfronterizx — people who transit and navigate the U.S.-Mexico border as a way of life — through the lens of two individual, two-spirited people: Tereso Perfecto Contreras and Amalia Mondragón. Part of the album has been funded in part by NALAC and the Ford Foundation through the Border Narrative Change grant. Thank you to everyone who joined us that night!
Consejo Gráfico Visits Mexic-Arte Museum
Members of the Consejo Grafico Nacional attended the TransfronterizXperience event during their visit to Austin for their annual meeting. Consejo Grafico Nacional members in the photo include (left to right) Dewey Tafoya, Jose Arenas, Ramiro Rodriguez, Francesco Siqueros, Michelle Mouton, Sandra C Fernandez, Juan Fuentes, Pepe Coronado, Marianne Sadoswki, Rene Arceo, Paloma Obergh, Malaquias and Lezlie Montoya (not pictured). Also in the photo are Sylvia Orozco, Nikki, Diaz and Adrienne Sanchez. The Consejo Grafico Nacional is an independent coalition of printmaking workshops/Talleres formed to advance the capacity and legacy of Latino printmakers (inclusive of all Americas) in the United States. Through a combination of collaborative projects, exhibitions, educational outreach and conferences, the Consejo promotes the continuity of critical and cultural activism in contemporary art.
Mexic-Arte Museum Acquires Perro Mundo/ Raw World Portfolio
Mexic-Arte Museum acquires Perro Mundo/ Raw World portfolio and receives a visit from Consejo Grafico Nacional Director Sandra Fernandez. Since its foundation, the Consejo Grafico Nacional talleres have been producing print portfolios hoping to foster opportunities for the Latino artists to engage in printmaking, and for a larger community to appreciate the importance and value of the Latino printmaking tradition. “Perro Mundo is a portfolio focused on transborder themes covering the extreme conditions produced by neoliberal-ism and the social responses that resist said conditions. Perro Mundo covers a recognized, iconographic social geography that incorporates traces of a Chicano aesthetic but that is reconstructed with grotesque, spectral forms. These excessively “real” imaginary beings are symbols of a victim-ization and oppression without borders. They are reconfigured in the mirror of a dark and illusionary American Dream. This hybrid world addicted to metamorphosis is a geography actualizing mythical beings in perpetual transformation-fantastic spaces in which familiar animals take shape, topographies that we daily cross and in which we live and dream.” Essay by Ramon Garcia, 2020.
Featured Artwork from Collection: Federico Villalba, Bici Rider #1 of Saipan
“Bici Rider #1 of Saipan is my Desert Triangle serigraph, which originated with the crisp click of my camera’s shutter, while covering a grassroots rally in May 2014 to save the historic Lincoln Center in El Paso, Texas, from the destructive swing of a wrecking ball for new freeway construction. The still photograph has been featured in several art exhibitions in the photography form. My friend, Karl Whiataker, asked to use the image for a print created by maestro Arturo Negrete and his team at Mexico City’s Taller 75 Grados.
The print features Luis (Tego), a young Chicano bicycle enthusiast proudly resting on his beautiful blue and chrome, three-wheel custom lowrider bike in the midst of Lincoln Park, an urban jungle playground of grass and freeway concrete pillars adorned with colorful art murals with Mexican American themes. The area has become a center of the celebration of Chicano culture, art, and heritage with its Chicano-themed murals and events like the annual Lincoln Park Day, featuring lowriders cars and bicycles, art, music, dance, and attire. It is El Paso’s flavor of San Diego’s famous Chicano Park.
Lincoln Center and Park are located under several feeder arteries in the I-10/54 “Spaghetti Bowl” freeway exchange area, historically known as Concordia and Saipan. Lincoln Center, the last remaining structure from El Paso’s past, was a training camp for Buffalo Soldiers (1860’s) and the first non-segregated school, admitting Mexican American and Black students (1915). The summer when I took the photograph of Luis, the issue of Lincoln Center’s future had reached a fevered pitch,
involving the Texas Department of Transportation, El Paso City Council, multiple car clubs, and several grassroots neighborhood groups, like Save Lincoln Center and Lincoln Park Conservation Committee.
El Paso is my home base to wander the US/Mexico border. My street photography art tends to focus on visually documenting the things – dimples and blemishes – that make life along “la frontera” so colorful and unique. The debate on the future of Lincoln Center is still ongoing.”
– Federico Villalba
Welcome Collections Summer 2021 Interns!
Todd Rychener is enjoying a summer student internship in the Museum’s Collections department. His work at the museum includes accessioning recently acquired artworks, helping to preserve and maintain 2D and 3D artwork in storage, and helping to prepare for exhibits. Todd studied photography, painting, and sculpture as an undergraduate student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. His work experiences and continuing education post college have included commercial book printing and studying handcrafted book arts, proofreading, and carpentry and construction. He is currently enrolled at The University of North Texas where he is studying library science with a concentration on archives, and is planning to graduate in August 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, 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.