The Mexic-Arte Museum

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 8.40.59 PMGoing to a museums is all about learning different histories and cultures. And the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas is the epitome of just that.

The museum opened in 1984 and was founded by Sylvia Orozco, Sam Coronado, and Pio Pulido. This museum started off with artwork based around Mexican culture throughout Texas. It opened with a festival for the Day of the Dead in the fall, and from that day on it offered different programs that allowed attendees to learn about the culture.

Four years after its opening, the museum was moved to its current location, right in the center of downtown Austin. The history section on the museum’s website says, “A total of 75, 000 visitors ranging from enthusiastic children to art connoisseurs, tour the museum each year.”

And it’s partly because the entire feel of the museum has a sort of Hispanic/Latin vibe to it. Although the museum focuses around Mexican culture, the art held in it is not all made by Mexican artists. There is currently art from a range of Latina women whether it be Mexican or Venezuelan or Spanish.

The Contemporary Art Collection this past march showcased recent work from artists such as Adriana Corral and Teresa Cervantes.

Along with this collection is the Changarrito Collection: 2012 – 2014. This annex gallery, named Selections from the Changarrito Permanent Collection from 2012 – 2014,showcases work from residencies of the Changarrito. The Mexic-Arte Museum says,

“The Changarrito Project is an international traveling mobile gallery that provides an alternative method of showcasing artwork for contemporary artists. Mexic-Arte Museum received one of the Changarrito carts, and has invited over 15 artists to participate. Works acquired from these residencies will be on display, ranging from tapes, zines, toys,miniature sculpture, paintings, sketches, and other portable works on paper.”

Below are various works of art from the Contemporary Art Collection as well as the Changarrito Collection. Both of these collections were at the museum until May 31, 2015.

To find out more about the museum, its hours, location, and programs, visit the website here.


Mural Art Celebrates Culture

For muralists, a canvas is too small to capture their story.  Instead they look to walls covering entire buildings as their gallery. The Chicano mural movement started in the 1960’s throughout the Southwest in Mexican-American communities inspired by Mexican revolutionary-era painters like José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaros Siquieros as well as pre-Columbian Native American artwork throughout the Americas.

In the streets of El Paso, Texas, Chicano artists found their voice and expressed their passion through murals on the highway pillars in “Chicano Park.” Durazno Street leads through a way of cultural murals that support the spaghetti bowl and are home to Lincoln Park. The murals represent different footsteps that have impacted the city throughout decades including many human rights activists and even folktale characters. Apart from Lincoln Park,  this part of the city is nicknamed “El Corazon de El Paso” (the heart of El Paso) for capturing the heart and culture of the city. Following San Diego, California, El Paso is the second city in the country to officially dedicate murals in recognition to the Lowrider community.

“Chuco Suave” is a mural that reflects a Zoo Suiter accompanied by a Pegasus– it was painted by Gabriel Gaytan in honor of Leo Rivera, founder of the El Paso Lowrider Association. Amongst Gaytan’s collections, he has also painted a mural named “El Corazon de El Paso” which reflects a heart who’s arteries are roads connecting to the mountains. Every time one is riding down 1-10 Highway, splotches of color are caught with peripheral vision, they are the incomparable pieces of art the city of El Paso has to offer.

Inspirational Quote

Dr. Martin Luther King mural under the Spaghetti Bowl in Lincoln Park of El Paso, Tx.


Pachuca Blood by Jesus Alvarado

"Pachuca Blood" painted by Jesus Alvarado stands on a mural in Lincoln Park, El Paso, Tx. On the Pachuca's left hand you can find a heart with six daggers which represent complications women suffer throughout their life such as inequalities, oppression, lack of education, and worrying about their children. However the heart does not stand alone, it is accompanied by the American and Mexican flag to symbolize her transition in between two countries. Pachuca is dedicated to all Chicana women who have experienced the bittersweetness of having to adopt a spot in between Mexico and America.

Lincoln Park Murals under Spaghetti Bowl

Lincoln Park Murals under Spaghetti Bowl

El Corazon de El Paso

Gabriel Gaytan's mural named "El Corazon de El Paso" under the Spaghetti Bowl in Lincoln Park.







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