Güilas de viento

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A citywide celebration of kites! Our first annual Güilas de Viento will take place Saturday March 4, 2017 from 2-4PM at Woodlawn Lake.

MUJERES DE AZTLAN Y EL SEGUNDO DE FEBRERO

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“Canta y No Llores” by Gloria Sanchez-Hart

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.

Si Existe
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.

Virgen de Guadalupe Exhibit

“Am I not here who am your mother “

Coatlaxopeuh to Cuauhtlatuohac, (Juan Diego) 1531 On the hill of Tepeyac

 On December 12, 1531, on a hill called Tepeyac in Mexico, a middle age Indian named Juan Diego saw a vision of a lady whose garments gleamed of light, color and splendor. She spoke in the native tongue of the Aztecs. It is said that she summoned Juan Diego to tell the Spanish Priests to build her a temple at the sight where she had been worshiped by the Aztecs and known by her people as Tonanzin, mother of the Gods and of the Earth.

On December 12, Centro Cultural Aztlan produces and presents an annual Celebracion a la Virgen de Guadalupe with one of the most beautiful exhibits and  of it’s kind.    In addition to exploring this secular icon and its significance in the Latin American community, visitors can experience this phenomenon through a visual narrative showcasing a myriad of artistic representations by some of San Antonio’s most noted artists. This exhibition is the oldest and most reverend featuring La Virgen de Guadalupe as the main theme. The exhibition includes Virgen de Guadalupe inspired acrylic, oil & watercolor paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and contemporary folk art.

Opening Reception: Monday, December 12, 2016. 6-10PM

“Altares y Ofrendas” 39th annual Dia de los Muertos

Since 1977, Centro Cultural has opened its doors to tourists and residents to take part in the biggest and oldest Dia de los Muertos Celebration paying tribute to this ancient tradition.

Centro Cultural Aztlan celebrates the Annual Dia de los Muertos with a group exhibition of Altares y Ofrendas on November 2nd.  Community artists are invited to create altares in our gallery and help facilitate a dialogue that examines the history and traditions of this cultural festivity.  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 gaiety and humor.  Photographs of loved ones grace altars as well as offerings of food and other things associated with Dia de los Muertos, such as marigolds, incense, and candles. The entire gallery is transformed into a giant installation that is a sumptuous feast for the senses.

Be a part of this year’s Celebration!

Opening reception Wednesday, Nov. 2nd from 6-9pm. Suggested admission: $3. Kids and students are free.

View our exhibit of “Altares y Ofrendas” by community artists and students, enjoy Pan de muerto, Ponche de frutas, and other treats as you visit with friends and shop for special Dia de los Muertos creations from some of San Antonio’s most talented artists and artisans in our “Avenida de los Artesanos”.
Be prepared to dance when the drum rhythms of the Carnaval de San Anto dance troupe arrive to lead us in danzas choreographed for the festive occasion! Suggested admission: $3

Exhibit can be viewed Monday-Friday 9am-5pm until Nov. 9th, 2016.

Zonarte- El Mercado de Aztlan

Enter the ArtZone for your Holiday Shopping!

Artists and artisans from San Antonio and across Tejas offer their unique handmade gifts, original prints, paintings, sculptures, furniture jewelry, textiles, and artesania during this annual Holiday Market. Feast your eyes with the magnificent, creative artistry of our contributing artists and makers and get one-of-a-kind gifts for those family members and friends that are hard to shop for!
Participating artists include:
Adriana Rodriguez, Alexander Serna, Adriana Netro, Angelina Pliego, Angelica Mayorga, Corine Rodriguez, Debi Lively, Don Nuñez, Esther Guajardo, Eugenia Silva, Gloria Martinez, Irma A. Hernandez, Israel Rico, Jessica Cardenas, JD Morera, Jorge Sandoval, Larry S. Aguilar, Lupe Muñoz, Malu Berumen, Maria R. Rodriguez, Michael Villanueva, Maria Contreras, Martin Emmanuel Rangel, Maria Chavez Vasquez, NUEVO HUEVO, Norma Gomez, Preston Brown, Patricia Gutierrez, Quinto Punto Cardinal, Raul Servin, Rosenberg Balboa, Rebeca Cuevas, Rebecca A. Garibay, Rosa Flores Fernandez, Rosie Zertuche, Rosalynn Warren, Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez, Sandi G. Estrada, Shirlene Harris, Susan Spencer, Stella Marroquin, Smiley Rojas, Tim Palomera, Victor Tello, and Yolanda Priego.

Opening reception: Friday, November 18
Market continues Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20, from 10AM-6PM.
FREE and open to the public.

8th annual Mole Throwdown

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Get your taste buds ready for one of the most delicious fundraising events you have ever attended. The 8th Annual Mole Throwdown is a culinary, Art-filled experience that blends together our efforts to promote Chicano/Latino Art and Culture in an innovative and creative way that benefits Centro Cultural Aztlan’s year-long programming.

 
Mole is traditionally prepared for special events, which bring together friends and families. Mole a rich tasting delightful dark sauce is infused with the flavors of chili peppers, chocolate and about 25 or more, spicy ingredients, then married with turkey or chicken.
This succulent dish will be prepared and generously donated by local restaurants and local chefs for your delicate palate that is sure to ignite the taste buds. Cerveza (beer) will be iced down and served to compliment the meal. Patrons will be asked to vote for their favorite, and a new winner will be announced!
 
In addition to the sampling of mole, there will be a Silent Art Auction featuring the great works of contributing artists that have supported Centro Cultural Aztlan for over three decades. These participating artists’ contribution is their testament of pride and accomplishment, and their way to show their gratitude to an organization, which focuses on promoting Chicano/Latino Art and Culture.
 
The evening promises to be an exciting fundraising event sure to go down as one of the most creative ways to unite Arte, Cultura, Musica y Comida in a venue that truly supports the Chicano, Latino and Indigenous traditions such as Dia de Los Muertos, Virgen de Guadalupe Exhibit and the Lowrider Festival.
 
General Admission tickets for the event are only $40.00 per person. Other donation levels are available. For more information please call the center M-F, 9am to 5pm at 210-432-1896 or come by our offices located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.
www.centroaztlan.org. Email: centroaztlan@sbcglobal.net.

Caras III

2016-FOTOSEPTIEMBRE-USA_Calendar_Caras-III-Exhibition_02_Centro-Cultural-AztlanCaras lll is an exploration of the art of portraiture by more than twenty of the best artists in the San Antonio area who use photography to create works of art. Up-and-coming artists as well as established photographers are featured in the exhibit. Caras lll is an extension of the Nuestras Caras and Caras ll that began as a community collaboration with the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Retratos Exhibition in 2006.

Opening reception: Friday, September 16, 2016, 6 – 9 pm
Closing reception Mole Throwdown: Friday, October 14, 2016, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibit on display: September 16 – October 14, 2016
Viewing hours: Mon – Fri, 9 am – 5 pm
Contact: Deborah Keller-Rihn (210) 800-5441 |kellerrihnstudio@yahoo.com

Centro Cultural Aztlan
1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103, San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 432-1896 | www.centroaztlan.org

Free and open to the public

Curated by Deborah Keller-Rihn

Gilberto Tarín – Dancing with Shadows

Centro Cultural Aztlan is proud to showcase the unique works of Gilberto Tarin in the exhibit Dancing with Shadows. This exhibit showcases paintings and mixed media works portraying Tarin’s reactions to the Vietnam War. His darkly surrealistic, expressionist works portray torturous inner conflicts and emotional struggles.

Tarin, who almost became a Catholic priest, incorporates images of angels unable to rescue man from his suffering and other religious images such as baptismal fonts with maimed figures to show the inhumanity of man to man but also hinting at the possibility of transcendence. His subjects’ haunted faces speak of disillusionment but also of hope and abiding spirituality. Tarin is deeply concerned about issues of good and evil and man’s relationship to other human beings and the divine.

An accomplished painter with an education from the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City, Mr. Tarin has exhibited his art both in the United States and Mexico. He won first place in the 1977 San Antonio Art League with the piece “Los Angelitos”, receiving both praise and harsh criticism. His paintings are in the personal collections of renowned figures such as Presidents Jimmy Carter and Luis Echeverría. Tarin’s work shows similarities to the Mexican artists, Jose Luis Cuevas and Lucas Johnson, his contemporaries in Mexico City.

Centro Cultural Aztlan invites the public to the opening reception Friday, August 12th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibit continues in Galería Expresión through September 9th, 2016. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

First Decade at Deco, celebrating El Gran Dia de los Artistas

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Centro Cultural Aztlan is celebrating the 10th year in the Deco District with a commemorative festival that celebrates all genres in the art field!

Come join us as we celebrate El Gran Dia de los Artistas with a line-up of music, dance, art, poetry and many more activities and surprises that your family will love!

 

San Antonio Potter’s Guild 23rd Annual Juried Ceramic Exhibition

2016 Postcard Front.cdrCentro Cultural Aztlan is delighted to host for the 3rd year, the San Antonio Potter’s Guild annual juried exhibition.  Over 25 Texas artist’s work will be on display and for sale.  It will be juried by renowned Ceramist Dan Hammett.  The opening reception is June 3rd and will be on display until June 30th.