Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present its annual Segundo de Febrero exhibition, Mujeres de Aztlan y El Segundo de Febrero. Centro annually celebrates this anniversary to ensure that the history of the Mexican-American people is not forgotten and this year, the exhibit will be focusing on women artists and the contributions of women. In the past, the contributions of women were often not recorded but it can be assumed that they are the ones who kept the culture alive through wars and hardships connected to violent cultural change. February 2, 1848 is the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and this date can be seen as the beginning of the Mexican-American people as a cultural and political entity. As you may know, the signing of this treaty transferred a huge swath of land from Mexican to US control. This is why it is said that the border crossed the Mexican people, the Mexican people did not cross the border. We are asking women artists to wrestle with these issues to create innovative works that comment upon this unique Mexican-American experience. Artists will look at women's roles in this period and consider how they were responsible for the very survival of the family using grit and ingenuity to create among other things a new cuisine and innovative medicinal practices. We will also be examining how land was taken away from Mexicans creating displacement and confusion but eventually a beautiful new culture that is evolving even today.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 6-9 p.m.
Exhibition runs from February 2-March 15, 2017, Monday-Friday, 9-5 p.m.
Some highlights of the exhibit are:
Mujeres de Aztlan: The Courage of Estefana G. de la Garza
Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Citlali Maria Zentella will present a dramatic performance entitled Mujeres de Aztlan: The Courage of Estefana G. de la Garza. Folklorist Binisa Zentella musicalizes the dramatic narrative with the rendition of her original corridor, Estefana de la Garza, and with excerpts of historic songs and corridos, including the Corrido of Juan Nepomuceno Cortina. The Zentellas’ Historic-Musical narrative talks about Estefana Goseascochea de la Garza, grand daughter of Gertrudis de la Garza Falcon, original owner of Potrero de la Bahia, a Spanish grant land of about 284,416 acres in present South Texas. Also, Estefana was the mother of the so-called Robin Hood of Texas, General Juan Nepomuceno Cortinas. Estefana fought in American Courts her legal rights to her lands after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on February 2nd, 1848. Both presenters are active founding members of Los Inocentes’ Cultural Historic-Musical Projects. Los Inocentes have been dedicated to the research and preservation of Mexican-American musical tradition, through the performing of historical songs and the compositions of corridos that recognize the valor and struggle of the Mexican-American people.
Mujer Enterrada: Something Happened Here
Laurie Dietrich, Amber Ortega Perez and Doerte Weber present a multi-media collaborative installation featuring textiles created by Weber originally installed along the Texas-Mexico border. Dancer, Amber Ortega Perez has created original choreography that has been filmed by Laurie Dietrch and Erik Bosse exploring how borders move and what happens when they do. While the names of men in power are written in ink and change the shape of nations, the names of women, written in water and blood sink back into the earth and are forgotten. And yet the earth itself is a woman and these lines we draw upon her are arbitrary at best. In this piece, the artists are calling for both a new way to look at the history of women and a new way to look at borders - as pliable things, places of connection rather than separation-lines that we can shake hands across and dance with.
Canta y No LLores (Sing, Don’t Cry)
In this installation, Gloria Sanchez Hart moves beyond traditional approaches to printmaking. Rather that exhibit a print individually, she has used a more contemporary format known as site-specific installation. Working improvisationally, Sanchez-Hart has used each print as a building block of a large and complex visual statement, where symbols, text, and expressive colors combine to tell the story of the heroic Mexican women who frequently broke out in song to offer comfort and strength to soldiers in combat. Like an observant journalist presenting historical facts, Sanchez-Hart creates a visual gumbo of words and images for viewers to navigate as they enjoy the aesthetic pleasures than only an artist can offer.
1/2 Kilo - Hecho a Mano
Enjoy Guadalupe Marmolejo’s suite of 21 prints superimposing images of tortillas over antique European photogravures found within the public domain.
Photographer and humanitarian, Melanie M. Lira creates an installation about the life of many border crossers. The artist spent many months walking the trails between Mexico and the United States collecting items that represent the reality of border culture such as crosses, rosaries, plastic water bottles and pieces of clothing. The items collected have been placed on large panels of wood in order to bring the reality of the trails to the viewing audience. Through each item a story is told.
Other artists featured in the exhibition are Elva Salinas, Mari Hernandez, Griselda Nill, Alejandra Gomez, Patricia Ruiz Bayon, Carla Veliz, Maria Jessica Alvarado, Liliana Wilson, Kim Bishop, Loretta Young Medellin, Mimi Duvall, Maria Isabel Aguilar, Rita Marie Avery, Joan Frederick, Maria Vasquez, Fadela Castro, Maria Alvarado, Alicia Galvan, Adriana Rodriquez, Suzanne Armstrong and Margarita Benavides.
Please join us for this innovative and inspiring exhibit.
Related upcoming events
2019-11-02 18:00 - 2019-11-02 22:00
Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present its 42nd annual Día de los Muertos exhibition, Altares y Ofrendas, with even más cultura this year, Día de los Muertos on the Old Spanish Trail.
12Noon - 5PM - Art Installations and Altares on The Old Spanish Trail (Map can be downloaded soon!!!)
5PM - Procession from Deco HEB to Centro Cultural Aztlan
Community is invited to wear their traditional Día de los Muertos regalia and bring offerings for Centro Aztlan's Community Altar.
12 NOON-10PM - Altares y Ofrendas Exhibition at Centro Cultural Aztlan
Altares, Refreshments, Avenida de los Muertos Arts and Crafts Fair, Food Trucks, Face Painting, Complimentary Pan de Muerto and Ponche de Frutas.
6-10PM - Music by Network for Young Artists, El Tallercito de Son, Juan & Armando Tejeda, I Ching Gatos, and Volcán!
Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present its 42nd annual Día de los Muertos exhibition, Altares y Ofrendas, with even más cultura this year, Día de los Muertos on the Old Spanish Trail. Centro Aztlan’s authentic, community driven exhibition features unique altares made by local artists to honor family and community members who are no longer with us. Community artists are invited to create altares, helping to facilitate a dialogue that examines the history and traditions of this cultural celebration. This event illustrates the artistic, cultural, and religious facets of this popular pre-Columbian Mexican tradition where death is seen as a natural part of life and this reality is approached with humor a celebration of life. Photographs of loved ones passed grace altars as well as offerings of food, marigolds, incense, candles, and other traditional offerings.
Since 1977, Centro Cultural has opened its doors to tourists and residents to take part in the biggest and oldest Día de los Muertos Celebration, paying tribute to this ancient tradition. In addition to Centro Aztlan’s traditional celebration and exhibition in the gallery from 6-10pm, beginning at 12 noon visitors are invited to Día de Los Muertos on The Old Spanish Trail, which has recently been designated as a cultural district by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Local artists have been paired with businesses along The Old Spanish Trail from the Deco HEB on Fredericksburg at Hildebrand, to North Flores and W. Elmira. At 5pm, we invited the local community and visitors to meet in the parking lot of the Deco HEB for our Día de Los Muertos procession. Join Centro Aztlan, local artists, musicians, and the community in your Día de los Muertos regalia, and don’t forget to bring offerings for Centro Aztlan's Community Altar. Enjoy pan de muerto, ponche de frutas, and other treats as you shop for special Día de los Muertos creations from some of San Antonio’s most talented artists, artisans, and crafters in our “Avenida de los Artesanos”.
This year, Centro Aztlan is excited to have an outdoor stage with live music featuring students from Network for Young Artists, El Tallercito de Son, I Ching Gatos, Juan & Armando Tejada, y Volcán! Bring your dancing shoes, and your appetite too! Food Trucks will be serving up local eats and treats!
Most altares are made to honor family members but a few will address important community members who have recently passed away; such the first female mayor of San Antonio Lila Cockrell, renowned surgeon and patron of the arts Dr. Alfonso Chiscano, famous jazz musician Jim Cullem and artist and gay rights activist Gene Elder. There will also be an altar for children who have died in detention facilities or crossing the border, an altar for victims of domestic violence made by Bonnie Mann. These installations will be placed in storefronts, within businesses, on patios and/or other structures near businesses. Some of San Antonio’s most important established and emerging artists are participating in this event.
Including: Kim Bishop, Luis Valderas, Raul Servin, Adan Hernandez, Laurel Gibson, Kristina Uriegas-Reyes, Alexa “Sasha” Nelipa, Garrett Mormando, Andy Villareal, Anel Flores will be creating an altar for Gene Elder. Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez, Maria Chavez Vasquez, Kathleen Trenchard, Henry De Leon, Naradi, Coco Costello, Lauri Garcia Jones, Justin Scheider and his students, Victor Tello, Melanie Lira, Chel Delaney, Hector Garza, Dolores Zapata Merff, Don Nuñez, Petra del Sol Eubanks, Emily Blase, Alejandro Flores, Priscilla Reyna-Ovalle, Lynn Maverick Denzer, Nancy Oakly Klapp, y más!
Altares y Ofrendas Exhibition runs through November 15, Monday-Friday, 9-5 p.m.
Artist Installations on The Old Spanish Trail: October 28-November 8, 2019.