Mexic-Arte Museum to Host Its First In-Person Performance of the Year: A TransfronterizXperience
Friday, June 25, 2021 / 6pm – 8pm
Suggested donations for Album Production
Join the Mexic-Arte Museum for a performance of Tereso Contreras, and singer/songwriter Amalia Mondragón whom 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. The show will consist of performances by transfronterizx artists such as, Dj Birth DFX, live painting by Victor “Mask” Casas, and performances by Amalia Mondragón and Tereso Perfecto Contreras.
Stay tuned for more information on the Mexic-Arte Museum website this week!
The Museum of Pocket Art Exhibit Featured at Mexic-Arte Museum
Now thru September 26, 2021
Suggested Donation Accepted
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 Michelle Ellsworth with pharmaart.
Robert Jackson Harrington, based in Austin, creates artwork from everyday materials that center on the concept of potential. Harrington received his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso, and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been included in exhibitions at the International Sculpture Center, Museo de Arte Juárez, The Contemporary Austin, Mexic-Arte Museum, Lawndale Art Center, and the University Art Galleries at Texas State. Most recently, Harrington has presented work at Presa House Gallery in San Antonio, Texas and Wedge Project in Chicago, Illinois.
Maria Almeida Natividad Paints the Car as a Symbol of American Pop Culture
El Paso artist, art teacher, author, and arts activist, Maria Almeida Natividad is represented in the current exhibition at Mexic-Arte Museum, Mexico, the Border, and Beyond: Selections from the Juan Sandoval Collection. Natividad was born and grew up in El Paso, TX. She taught art in El Paso schools for many years. Now retired from teaching, she stays busy producing art, leading art workshops, and attending women’s conferences. Her art is exhibited and sought by collectors like her long-time friend Juan Sandoval, who passed away in January 2021. One of her popular serigraph prints, Menudo: Breakfast of Champions (2010, Serie Project XVII), is part of the Permanent Collection at Mexic-Arte Museum. To honor the persons killed and wounded in the 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, she created the poster Amor Para El Paso/El Paso Strong, featuring the Virgen de Guadalupe blessing the border community. Rather than sell this poster, she gave copies away to the general public, including the HOPE Border Institute, as the demand for it was overwhelming. Presently, she offers workshops for immigrant families living in shelters. As a proud Chicana, she celebrates the cultural heritage, family values, and religion of the Mexican and Chicano community. A published author, Natividad presented her book Famous Places in El Paso History at the Wise Latina International Summit, 2015 in El Paso. Natividad credits Mexic-Arte with giving special “attention to the silent voices that have much to say.”
The following text is from an interview with the artist conducted in 2020 by Mexic-Arte Museum, describing her 1993 watercolor painting 1936 Ford, and her background:
“The automobile is an iconic symbol of American culture. Within the Chicano culture, old classic cars are not just instruments for mobility but are re-fashioned machines with sensory and aesthetic appeal and are objects of art. Both my grandfather and my father had a handsome old classic car. My son continues the tradition with his refurbished 1965 Mustang. I saw this 1936 Ford at a restaurant and fell in love with it and asked the owner permission to photograph it. I wondered about what
travels this handsome car had taken and what stories it could tell. I wanted the painting to have a feeling of an endless clear sky on a warm summer day, like driving on a never-ending highway. This award-winning painting was on exhibit at the Americana Museum when Juan Sandoval first saw it. He immediately was attracted to it and decided to purchase it because it reminded him of his childhood. He never owned a car, preferring to use his money to purchase art; so he stated that this painting would be his car if anyone ever asked him if he owned one. My 1936 Ford was reproduced in Hecho en Tejas.
I am inspired by the rich Hispanic culture, and through it I hope to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic culture. I was born and raised in El Paso. After attending Modesto Junior College and The University of Arizona, I received my BA in Art Education from The University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP). I taught art in the public school system for 20 years. My artwork has been published in books, such as Triumph of Our Communities, Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art, and Art of West Texas Women. My art has been included in numerous major art exhibitions and in public and private collections across the United States. Currently, I am an Artist-in-Residence for Chicano Studies at UTEP.”
̶ Maria Almeida Natividad
Welcome Collections Summer 2021 Interns!
Jacob Watson is a young artist born and raised in Austin, TX. He is passionate about filmmaking and photography, starting in high school with narrative shorts but, now PA-ing on feature films and working with 35mm photography. He recently joined Mexic-Arte as an intern in the Collections department, assisting in the cataloging process, and is excited to continue his arts education within the vibrant arts community in his own hometown.
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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.