LA MUJER: VIDA Y VALOR
March is International Women’s month, and Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present “La Mujer: Vida y Valor,” a two person show featuring mujeres Dolores Godinez and Cynthia Jane Treviño.
For Godinez and Treviño, México is their ancestors’ home. From the mythology of Aztlán, comes the story of Coatlicue, the mother earth goddess who is shattered into many pieces so that she can conceive humanity. The modern woman of many cultures today—Chicana, Latinx and Black Womxn’s worlds—a e shattering the mold to put their own expressions out into the world. Women have the capacity to be bold and determined. The artworks themselves show the different facets of the female creation. From Coatlicue to today’s break out spirit of life, we find mujeres taking on the world and inspiring us to do the same.
Dolores Godinez holds a BS in Education and for over 25 years was a teaching theatre artist and actor in Dallas. In 2014, she moved to Florida where she was a teaching artist’s assistant at Young Art Museum. Florida introduced her to a love of photography and exploration into visual art. Now living in San Antonio, she continues to explore and define her photography. Her style has now turned to street photography. In the faces and bodies captured by Godinez’s camera, we find the story of the 21st century female human. From the downtown streets of San Antonio to south Florida, the images of these women show how determined they are to have their voices heard, to express themselves with their own art.
Cynthia Jane Treviño is an artist, educator and Tejana from San Antonio, Texas. Her work mixes travel and street photography to document people and places of diverse cultures. She also explores issues of family history, ancestor worship and women’s empowerment through cyanotypes and mixed media. Cynthia holds a BFA in Visual Art Studies and MA in Art Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Treviño’s work combines photography, cyanotypes and mixed media. Her images are an expression of female deseos. Of her work, Treviño says, “These cyanotypes were created as a form of ancestor worship. These mujeres represent a struggle that so many women around the world fight for. We must stand up for our fellow hermanas. After all, we owe it to the women that raised us and prepare us for the future.”
Join us at the opening reception on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments, music by Chulita Vinyl Club, and poetry by local mujeres Celinda De La Fuente, Dennise Frausto, and San Juana Guillermo.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Thursday, April 9, 2020 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.
Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity
Join us for a panel discussion with featured artists José Esquivel, Rudy Treviño, and Maggie Almazán, wife of the late artist Jesse Almazán. They will be joined in the discussion by artist Kathy Vargas and Dr. Anne Marie Leimer, who wrote the catalogue essay for the Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity.
The exhibit focuses on three of the founders of San Antonio’s Chicano arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Jesse Almazán, José Esquivel and Rudy Treviño, and highlights
Exhibition ongoing at Centro de Artes
Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity is a visual art exhibition highlighting the contributions of Chicano artists who have been active since the start of San Antonio’s Chicano arts movement in the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition will be on display at Centro de Artes from February 13 to June 28, 2020.
Out of the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, a cohort of talented Mexican-American artists emerged in San Antonio, Texas. Excluded from mainstream galleries and museums, these artists began to organize their own groups, exhibitions, and galleries, interweaving their shared artistic aspirations with commentaries on the social movements of the time. Many were employed as commercial artists, graphic designers, and sign painters. However, their passion was for fine art. Together, they opened new doors for one another and for future generations, and entered into an uncharted exploration of Chicano art, politics, and identity.
The exhibition titled Los Maestros: Early Explorers of Chicano Identity focuses on three of the underrepresented artists central to the early Chicano arts movement in San Antonio – Jesse Almazan, Jose Esquivel, and Rudy Treviño. All three artists were members of Con Safo, San Antonio’s first Chicano arts collective. This exhibition will focus on their unique contributions and histories as individual artists. This exhibition also marks the first public showing of Jesse Almazan’s work since his death in 2002. Jesse’s wife, Maggie Almazan, has loaned her collection and archives for the exhibition.Centro Cultural Aztlan is the curator of the Los Maestros exhibition. The organization’s Executive Director, Malena Gonzalez-Cid, began developing plans for the exhibition in 2018 through a series of interviews with the featured artists. Centro Cultural Aztlan was founded in 1977 and has been serving San Antonio for 43 years with a mission of preserving, developing and promoting Chicano and Latino art and culture.