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The Curator Diaries Week 4: It All Becomes Clear

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1985 Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center staff in front of the Guadalupe Theater; Back row (left to right): Sandra Cisneros, Patricia Montoya, Jorge Pina, David Mercado Gonzales with son Rafael Gonzales, Rolando Mazuca, Paul Colorado, Jose Garza and Max Martinez; Front row (left to right): Eduardo Diaz, Felice Garcia, Juan Tejeda and unidentified persone


I continued on with my studio visits for the rest of the day, but with a much clearer idea that the CAM Perennial exhibition hosted by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center needed to be something that empowered its audiences, that provided moments where authorship was relinquished by myself as the curator and the exhibiting artists. It was suddenly obvious to me in that instant, sitting in one of the conference rooms at the Guadalupe, that the exhibition needed to be one that relied as heavily on the community as it did on the artists.

This year the CAM Perennial will be shaped by the unabashed respect I have for David and Irma and the center they worked to build, as well as the neighborhood with longstanding respect for the visual and its important place in the history of San Antonio.

I have no desire to curate an exhibition that will have no life beyond the opening, and I want to be cognizant of both audiences that will converge in the Guadalupe’s space: the community surrounding the Center itself and the CAM general audience.

What David explained to me is that every history has a prehistory, and while there’s simply no space to completely transcribe the invaluable two hours I spent with him, what I can recount is a brief summation of the incredible relationship that grew between all of us as we conversed.

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