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Saturday, March 26, 2011
Art is fluid, a thought, an idea that is nurtured from that of what we believe is real, or true, which in case varies from person to person.
I seek art, I look for it everywhere: in the streets, in peoples faces, sometimes even in sounds heard from a distance. I find comfort in the idea of knowing its there - everywhere, no different than standing in a gallery in front of a painting.
Art becomes more concrete or at least in a moldable substance subjective when we try to define it, only to conclude it is a form with endless possible variations .
by G. Trevino
Thursday, March 17, 2011
at the Old City Cemetery Center
Press Release For Immediate Release
BROWNSVILLE, March 2011-- The Brownsville Historical Association invites the public to celebrate the Lenten season with its newest exhibit at the Old City Cemetery Center, Iconography, featuring works from the collection of Gene Fernandez. Iconography is the study of images in art and a subsection focuses on religious images. This exhibit showcases the diversity in religious icons and includes pieces that date back as far as 17th century Spain.
The exhibit opens Friday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m at the Old City Cemetery Center at 600 E Jackson (the corner of 6th and Monroe). Visitors will be able to meet with Mr. Fernandez and enjoy refreshments. This event is free to the public and the exhibit will run through April 30, 2011.
For more information about this exhibit, contact the BHA at the Old City Cemetery Center at 956-541-1167 or visit us at www.brownsvillehistory.org. The Old City Cemetery Center is located at 600 E. Jackson Street, at the corner of 6th and Monroe and is managed by the Brownsville Historical Association.
The Old City Cemetery Center offers free admission from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.
About Brownsville Historical Association
The Brownsville Historical Association manages the Brownsville Heritage Complex which consists of: Stillman House, Brownsville Heritage Museum, Aiken Education Center, and Preservation Resource Center. The Brownsville Heritage Complex is located at 1325 E. Washington, Brownsville, Texas 78520. The BHA also manages Market Square Research Center and the Historic Alonso Building. The mission of the BHA is to preserve, educate, and promote the history, heritage, and cultural arts of Brownsville, Texas and its environs through exhibitions, educational programs, publications, cultural events, and archival collections.
About Old City Cemetery Center
The Old City Cemetery Center focuses on history, architecture, art, and folk customs of the cemetery. It is located at 600 E. Jackson on the corner of 6th and Monroe Streets in Brownsville. It is managed by the Brownsville Historical Association. The mission of the Old City Cemetery Center is to advance life-long learning opportunities about the history, architecture, art, genealogy and folk art customs of the Brownsville Historic City Cemetery and the surrounding Buena Vida Neighborhood through exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs.
Brownsville Historical Association
Assistant Director - Brownsville Historical Association
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Filmmakers, the time is now! We are looking for outstanding short films (under 20 minutes) in the following categories:
All submissions must be received by Ovation no later than May 13th.
Just go to www.ovationtv.com/filmcontest to fill out the submission form, print it and mail it to us with your film. The mailing address is on the website.
We have a great list of judges this year including film industry professionals and agents. And of course, there are great prizes!
The top film winner and the viewer's choice winner will both have their film air on Ovation in July.
These winners and the category winners will have their films screened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The top film winner will also be flown into LA to attend the screening event and to meet with Ovation's CEO and creator of Disney's National Treasure movie franchise, Charles Segars.
If you aren't a member of the filmmakers group here, please join now to get regular updates about the contest!
Best of luck, filmmakers! We can't wait to watch your short films!
Monday, March 07, 2011
Texas Biennial 2011 Participating Exhibition
The Texas Biennial 2011 has expanded to include exhibitions and programming by several non-profit institutions around Texas. We are pleased to announce a call for submissions for a border area exhibition in association with the Texas Biennial 2011.
The exhibition is sponsored by the South Texas College Visual Arts & Music Department, University of Texas-Pan American Art Department and the International Museum of Arts and Science.
Joseph Bravo, Executive Director, International Museum of Arts & Science and Tom Matthews, Assistant Chair, Visual Arts & Music, South Texas College will be the Curators /Jurors for the exhibition.
The exhibition will take place May 2 through May 27 in the Clark Gallery on the University of Texas – Pan American campus in Edinburg, Texas. There will be an artist’s reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011.
We invite you to submit your artwork using the attached instructions.
Please forward this email to other area artists that may want to submit artwork.
Visual Arts Instructor
South Texas College
Visual Arts and Music
3201 W. Pecan Blvd., B-117
McAllen, TX 78501
Texas Biennial 2011 information: www.texasbiennial.org
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
The Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at UTB/TSC
Do You Have Enough Fear Yet?
The Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at UTB/TSC presents “Do You Have Enough Fear Yet?” a show by David Freeman. The gallery is located at 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas 78520. Reception will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. The show will run from Wednesday March 2, 2011 to April 1, 2011. The art gallery is open from Monday to Fridays.
Do You Have Enough Fear Yet?
I seek to transform the banality of a future knick- knack into an object of serious contention and dialog. I wrestle with icons that are full of fundamental truths and contain a great amount of contradictions. The regional artisans or street artists I work with aren’t commenting on current problems and conditions, they aren’t speaking of the violence and mayhem in their front yard and in their plazas. They don’t regard failed banks, the auto industry or the border wall as anything to execute as art; they don’t speak of Mexico’s drug war or our own political conflicts in foreign countries or act on any personal challenges in life.
These truths are mirrored in juxtapositions of contradiction - the first being the utilization of a plastic commercial process such as a street vendor or craftsman as a medium of fine art.
I am not rejecting, but embracing; I am not trivializing, but admiring a medium through which I now deal with profound truths in my life and I am concentrating on effectively understanding these situations surrounding me by using materials and processes found in and are part of the local culture.
To me, the Lucha Libre masks represent this system of complexities and contradictions of the identities of good and bad battling one another, and also represent how they carry on in their lives, one mask for this design, and another mask for this one. Take one off put another on.
The same contradiction exists in my Piñata’s, popular designed icons of instant recognition and communication, presented in a lowbrow process.
The trophies have to do with lawlessness, victims of violence, innocent victims of the Narco trafficking wars. The trophies reflect a mental and physical sensation of South Texas. They shock, ridicule, provoke just like the violence they reflect; they aren’t lethargic or complacent. Trafficking is related to the border, and this in turn is related to the border wall. The wall is designed and promoted as a safeguard against the illegal immigrant and terrorist, which is touted as one and the same. The trophies demonstrate on a human level how immigrants are being victimized. Innocent people who are feared as immigrants are being victimized twice, once by the Cartels and the Coyotes, and then again, by punitive American policy that casts them as a step above drug kingpins or terrorists.
I actually had what I call a Catholic catharsis I became hypersensitive to the profound linkage of my educational instruction and community activism and wanted to give back to these street artists what they gave! A wonderful thrill and inspiration – much like the response upon my first look at a Sponge Bob piñata – I was giddy with laughter motivation and inspiration. This reflection awakened a stream of consciousness distilling and focusing on the wonders of the street artists and their cheesy tourist works for sale to an endless flux of cheap consumers of soon to be yard sale Knick knacks. I realized that they all overlook the endless possibilities of real reasons one creates art. They can’t see past the invincible reality and popularity of the superficial and artificial trinket sold to a tourist. I really want to overcome the wave of mediocrity and inspire a self awareness and allegiance toward a civil revitalizing force. We can’t live on past histories of successes or we will be stultified by convention.
There exists a living presence and blending of cultures and ethnicity in south Texas via the street artist and their myriad of visual dramatic design copying America’s pop commercial superficial iconography such as Cinderella, Spiderman and Sponge Bob.
Think of how amazing it would be if these street artists could image a personal style mirroring that of the Afghanistan weavers and rug makers who started to design rugs with the scenes of Russian - Afghanistan war depicted in them – these rugs are in great demand and now enable these weavers a greater sustainable livelihood.
Think if they embraced a reconstructed set of humanism one that required them to look inward and away from a familiar popular touristy objective reality.
This catharsis has demanded of me to walk away from all my proverbial associations and interpretations I had of South Texas and Mexican street artist and of the modern narrow-mindedness I projected on them.
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact Samantha I. Garcia
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (956)882-7097
The Gallery at the Rusteberg Building
Samantha Isabel Garcia, gallery director
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Call (956)882-7097 for daily hours
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