September 17 - February 27, 2022
From Mexic-Arte Museum:
“Mexic-Arte Museum opens the fall season with the exhibition, MX 21 ̶ Resistance, Reaffirmation & Resilience. 2021 marks an important year for Mexico and Mexican Americans remembering two historical events – the five hundred years of the taking of Mexico-Tenochtitlán and the two hundred years of the consummation of Independence of Mexico from Spain. Mexico has been organizing commemorative events throughout 2021. It is a year of reconciliation, historical memory, and vindication of identity.
As of the 2020 U.S. Census, Hispanics and Latinos were 39.7% of the Texas population. Austin’s Hispanic population in 2020 was almost 33.9%, with the majority of Mexican descent. Capitalizing on the synergy and interest generated from our neighbor country through public media, Mexic-Arte will join efforts in celebrating these important events with an exhibition and lecture series. Like the common saying in Spanish “Si sabemos de dónde venimos, sabremos hacia dónde vamos”; if we know where we come from, we will know where we are going. The objective is to recover historical memory; promote the encounter with ethnic, linguistic, geographical and cultural diversity; understand history and endorse the values and principles of hope and unity. The exhibition will draw from works in the permanent collection and new works by invited artists. The Mexic-Arte Museum exhibition will open September 17 and continue to February 27, 2022. Everyone is invited to this opening reception on September 17th.
This month we closed the exhibition, Mexico, the Border and Beyond: Selections from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. Collection. On the last weekend it was open, we had the privilege of hosting members of the Sandoval family that traveled from several states to view the exhibit. As I guided the tour through the exhibition, I saw their faces filled with pride as they acknowledged the legacy Juan Sandoval created over his lifetime. They shared personal stories; his 91- year old sister Loni Hartman talked about how Juan was the ninth child of eleven – but the first eight children were girls – and that was how Juan had learned to stand up for himself. She also commented that she had once asked for one of the paintings for herself, and how Juan had refused to break up the collection saying the collection had to remain intact for a museum he was thinking about. I expressed my gratitude to the Juan Sandoval family for supporting Juan in this endeavor and assured them that Mexic-Arte Museum will continue the Sandoval legacy and ultimate goal for the artworks to be accessible, particularly to children and young people ensuring a lasting legacy for the community.”
On View: September 17, 2021 | 1–5 pm
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