Mexican art comes to the Institute of Texan Cultures
SAN ANTONIO – The uncertainties of security and safety along the Texas-Mexico border has taken a toll on artists in the border region. Now, a partnership between the Mexican government and The University of Texas at San Antonio will bring the works of 25 Mexican artists to San Antonio.
"Arte Chihuahua," featuring the works of artists residing in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, will show at the Institute of Texan Cultures, Nov. 12, 2012 – May 5, 2013.
The exhibit is a collaboration between UTSA President Ricardo Romo and Mexican Consul Enrique Cortazar. Initially, the two met when they served together on the board of directors for the Instituto Cultural de Mexico. With an opening at the Institute of Texan Cultures’ galleries, Romo offered the space for Cortazar to assemble a show of Mexican artists’ works.
Curated by UTSA art collection curator Arturo Infante Almeida, Arte Chihuahua covers a range of styles and media, from oil, to sculpture, to acrylics and a neon light.
"What’s so difficult about assembling a show," said Almeida, "is that not only am I looking for quality art, I’m also trying to capture the spirit of a place, in this case, the state of Chihuahua."
What Almeida found was a series of artworks that showed both the talent of artists and the soul of Chihuahua. Earthy palettes are prominent in many of the images, with a few vibrant accent pieces scattered throughout. While mostly paintings, the show does include a sculpture and some three-dimensional mixed-media objects, notably, Miguel Valverde’s "Hágase la lucha," a neon light resembling a Mexican wrestler’s mask.
"As we worked with the artists and chose whose work would be in the show, so many of them were grateful and appreciative," said Almeida. "I was thrilled to look at the work, read their statements, how strong they feel about the art they portray, the history behind each piece."
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.