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Sprawling New Latino Art Exhibit Revives Former Museo Alameda

Photo: Courtesy images, License: N/A

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Chuck Ramírez, Black Heart, 2008/2011

Photo: César Martinez, Bato Azul, 2012, License: N/A

César Martinez, Bato Azul, 2012

Jesse Treviño, whose Spirit of Healing mosaic is on the nearby Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, has two urbanscape portraits of Westside landmarks from the 1970s, Liria’s Lounge and La Cita Lounge. The Alamo looms large in the minds of local artists/activists as seen in Rolando Briseño’s larger-than-life, three-dimensional St. Anthony de Padua in Spinning San Antonio along with Ángel Rodríguez-Díaz’s self-portrait wearing a wrestler’s mask and flirting with Emily Morgan in Forget the Alamo ... Yellow Rose. The corazón of the title shines in Ben Mata’s All or Nothing, but looks broken in a photograph of an empty, black heart-shaped candy tray by Chuck Ramírez.

Carolina Flores’ The Wedding, based on photos of her parents’ 1939 wedding in Fort Stockton, is the largest painting in the exhibit, and it’s paired with David Zamora Casas’ cheeky Until Death Do Us Part. But, providing a timely counterpoint is Anabel Toribio-Martínez’s study of a breakup, Uncouple, where the body language says it all.

Vincent Valdez is perhaps San Antonio’s most acclaimed Latino artist of the moment, but his only work is a portrait of his boxer brother from the, horrors, University of Texas—San Antonio Art Collection. However, Ray Santisteban’s video, Vincent Valdez: The Art of Boxing, provides a peek at the artist at work in his studio. Juan Miguel Ramos’ portrait shows Valdez wearing a Northwest Vista College T-shirt.

The labels don’t mention materials, but San Antonio artists are masters of improvising with the found and unusual. José Luis Rivera-Barrera carved a giant snake using mesquite. David Blancas pops with his giant pineapple paleta. Anita Valencia recycles bottle caps in her vibrant, two-tiered modernist grid. Andy Benavides recasts old sign parts into the lighted MEX-I-Can.

Alberto Mijangos, Ricky Armendariz, Miguel Cortinas, Gilberto Tarín, David “Shek” Vega, Cruz Ortiz, Al Rendon and Andy Villarreal are just a few of the other notable artists in this sprawling exhibit that sidesteps hard choices afflicting other major Latino shows by including as many artists as possible.


Contemporary Latino Art: El Corazón de San Antonio

10am-9pm Tue, 10am-5pm Wed-Sun
TAMU-SA Educational & Cultural Arts Center
101 S Santa Rosa
(210) 784-1105
Through Aug 31

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