40th Annual Dia de los Muertos

PrintCelebrate one of the most meaningful and recognizable Mexican traditions with Centro Cultural Aztlan!
Since 1977, Centro Cultural has welcomed tourists and residents to take part in the one of the biggest and oldest Dia de los Muertos Celebration in San Antonio paying tribute to this special 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 examining the history and traditions of this cultural festivity. The 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. Every aspect of this event and tradition is to celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have passed on. Photographs of loved ones alongside offerings like food and drink grace the alters commemorate their time on earth while offering things for their journey to the next life. Marigolds incense, and candles celebrate life. The entire gallery is transformed into a giant installation revisiting loved ones and celebrating life.

Altar artists include:, Andy Villarreal, Don Nuñez, Maria Isabel Aguilar, Pat Jimenez, Sylvia Lozano, Sylvia Sanchez, Diana Martinez and S.O.L.O.S., Survivors of a loved One’s Suicide., Minerva Ortiz, JD Morera, Holy Cross Spanish Class Students and students from St. Anthony High School.

A fabulous Catrina runway show by Designer Henry de Leon. Body painting by Oscar Galvan and Beyond the Canvas!

Opening reception Thursday, 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. Shop for special Dia de los Muertos creations from some of San Antonio’s most talented artists and artisans in our “Avenida de los Muertos”.

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. 10th, 2017.

For more information please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-F, 9am to 5pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s offices located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.
www.centroaztlan.org

A People’s Point of View

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Centro Cultural Aztlan will present A People’s Point of View, a group exhibit, with a reception of the collection on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 10:0 pm. A People’s Point of View is a group exhibition based on different points of view responding to the local, national, and global on goings. But not only are the points of view different but the mediums used as well, from photography to acrylic paint, each artist has chosen their own unique way to capture their feelings about their social climates and causes they feel passionate about.

The exhibit will feature:

  • Antonio Garcia: Attended Texas A&M earning a BFA in 1996 and a M. ED. Ad in 2001. He has been teaching for more than twenty years. His art has been exhibited in various galleries across the country.
  • Noe Garza: Has a BFA in Art from Texas State University. Noe’s art is driven by his love of faith, familia, and culture and the relentless desire to make this world better. “Ultimately, if we love and serve one another unconditionally, peace will prevail.”
  • Albert Garcia: Graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2003 and has been in education for the past 8 years. His photography has been showcased in galleries in Bexar and Hays County. His photos have been published in com and with the Hill Country Alliance.
  • Angelica Gomez-Mayorga: Her influence around strong women inspired her work. Her early works using solely Q-tips and toothpicks got her known around the community and later received exposure in Los Angeles and Arizona. Her work has been exhibited in Austin and New York.

San Antonio Potters Guild 24th Annual Juried Ceramics Exhibition

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The San Antonio Potters Guild proudly presents the 24th Annual Juried Ceramics and Glass Art Show at Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio.

The Opening Reception on Friday June 2, from 5:30 pm to 8:30pm kicks off the show. The exhibition continues beginning on Monday. June 5 to Wednesday June 28.

The opening reception for the San Antonio Potters Guild Juried Show gives the public the opportunity to meet and visit with the Show’s featured clay and glass artists as you enjoy viewing their work in a wonderful setting.

The San Antonio Potters Guild Juried show is an opportunity to see and enjoy the widely varied work of clay and glass artists from San Antonio and across Texas.

You will see how clay artists and the glass artists take the same basic materials and create vastly different art. It is wondrous to behold,

Most of the art you will see is available for sale.  Free admission

URL link: http://www.sanantoniopottersguild.com

email:  sanantoniopottersguild@gmail.com

Contact person: Richard Karohl   402-380-5064 rlkar.1@juno.com

The San Antonio Potters Guild was established as a nonprofit organization in 1995.     The membership is diverse, representing working potters, sculptural artists, and students, as well as supporters of the ceramic arts.

The mission of the San Antonio Potters Guild is to provide a forum for the purpose of education and encouragement of its members and to promote public interest in the ceramic arts.

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.

“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.