The Center houses two gallery spaces, which feature local, regional, and national Latino/a artists. Admission is always free and tours available by advanced request.
Current exhibition in the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery:
Solo Mía by Paloma Mayorga
Solo mía deconstructs the possessive rhetoric that is used to talk about the female form. Through a series of portraits, Paloma Mayorga demands that we reconsider that language as a means to give women back ownership over their own body.
Paloma Mayorga is an interdisciplinary artist whose work primarily focuses on issues of identity and explores the ways in which the body relates to its natural and constructed environments. After earning her B.A. in Painting from Southwestern University in 2010, she has dedicated her time to curatorial projects, illustrating children’s books, and working with nonprofit arts organizations in Austin.
Current exhibition in the Community Gallery:
Petro-Poems by Mery Godigna Collet
As part of the program for our annual event celebrating Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz, the ESB-MACC will be opening the exhibition “Petro-Poems” by Venezuelan artist Mery Godigna Collet. For the last 20 years, Collet has been working with Crude Oil. She uses crude oil and its byproducts as her creative medium. Through a process based in morphogenesis concept, she allows the material to create the image and then she stabilizes the hydrocarbons. For this occasion, she created “Petro-Poems”.
The exhibition will consist in 13 translucent hieroglyphs that narrate our relationship with Petroleum, the viscous substance that we can’t live without and yet have found ourselves increasingly unable to live with. Like floating monoliths, reminiscent of ancient blocks of stone or stelae, these works tell us our own story and make a call to reflection about conscious use of natural resources. The “Poems”, are written with Crude Oil and constructed by color. She takes advantage of the Gallery’s glass walls and the natural light, to create a translucent and ethereal installation. Encircling the “Poems”, in a material way as well as in a conceptual way, are three 10’ tall nylon screens. These screens represent, in an abstract way, the 3 Graces. They are called “Energy”, “Technology” and “Consciousness”.
Mery Godigna Collet took inspiration for this installation in an old Japanese tradition where big and beautiful cages where made to accommodate exotic birds. Each time that there was some kind of special event in the town or family, some birds where set free and in the trajectory and way of their flight, people could read presages for the future. She sees the Petro-Poems as signs for the future and the screens, as the cage and as the definition of the era.
A fragment of Sor Juana Ines poem “You Men” in English and in Spanish, runs over the floor completing the installation.
The single channel video art “Extra Virgin Petrus Oil” will be playing continuously at the entrance of the Gallery sharing space with two large format works in which her skillful handling of light and the rich luminous multi layering of materials produces compelling aesthetic objects that make you want to study every square inch of her complex surfaces that resemble “underground landscapes”.
The ESB-MACC is currently soliciting photographs and other memorabilia for an exhibit that will be on display in the Community Gallery from June 30, 2016 to September 3, 2016.
The photographs will depict the lives and stories of local Mexican- Americans as migrant farmworkers during the 1940s to 1960s. Photographs will be scanned for exhibit use and originals will be returned to the owner. All other material relevant to the exhibit will be on loan to the ESB-MACC and returned at the end of exhibition.
In the early to mid-20th century, hundreds of Mexican Americans from the Austin area would take to the roads to work as seasonal migrant farmworkers in small family-owned farms or large farming corporations throughout the United States. These individuals would work in fields or orchards harvesting crops that could only be done by hand and required hard physical labor. The routes that the farmworkers would travel often depended on the type of work that they were seeking. Many traveled with family, friends, by themselves or labor contractors never knowing if they would make it to their destinations and if the crops would be bountiful. Living conditions were at times minimal. Some would live in labor camps, housing provided by their employers, small rental rooms, or in chicken coops and often invisible to the residents of the towns where they worked.
The Sam Z. Coronado Gallery honors one of the most important figures in Austin’s Latino arts community. An accomplished visual artist who specialized in printmaking, Coronado was instrumental in establishing many foundational Latino arts organizations, from the Chicano Art Students Association he helped create as a University of Texas student to the Mexic-Arte Museum, the state’s official Mexican and Mexican-American art museum, which he co-founded in 1984 with Sylvia Orozco and Pio Pulido.
Free parking is available to those attending our programs, galleries and special events. A temporary parking pass is available in the main office.
Proposals are accepted year-round, and due to the large number of submissions received, ESB-MACC cannot guarantee immediate review of proposals. Submissions will not be returned. Emailed proposals will not be reviewed. All work samples should be of good quality. Please do not send originals as we cannot accept liability for damage or loss. To apply, please complete the gallery application below.