Centro Cultural Aztlan celebrates International Women’s Day and Month with GENERATIONS PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE; an exhibition featuring local San Antonio women Ruth Buentello and Valerie Chagolla.
Since 1911 each year on March 8th, International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year, Centro Aztlan is highlighting the cultural and artistic contribution of two local women artists whose artwork highlights family and community generations of past, present, and future.
Ruth Leonela Buentello is a visual artist and arts educator whose practice is rooted in painting but often bridges other disciplines, including community arts, and collaborative installations. Her work centers on representations of Latinx working class communities. She received her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and is a recipient of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors grant. From 2009- 2015 she founded and participated in the Mas Rudas collective in collaboration with like-minded Chicana artists. Through Mas Rudas her work has evolved to explore the socio-cultural examinations of Chican@ identity, cultural representations of gender, and the co-optation of Chican@/Tejan@/Latin@ history and culture.
Valerie Chagolla, a San Antonio native of Mexican decent, creates modern-day and pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican scenes of everyday life using oils. Each one of her unique paintings captures her profound visions of the past and present. Times of past generations are crucial to our future, and should not be forgotten. Chagolla captures the essence of generational knowledge through her works of art. Through her paintings, Chagolla aims to influence people of all ages, young and old, to seek truth in their past—to never forget where they come from, and to never lose sight of where they are going.
Join us at the opening reception on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments, and a very special Flor y Canto featuring poetry by local women and music by FORGED IN FIRE featuring Sabrina Lopez.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Friday, March 29, 2019 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.
For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-F, 9am to 5pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.