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.
Gallery Opening Coming on September 15th
"Vida y Obra: 50 Years of Art & Activism"
Friday | 6-8pm September 15
Sam Z. Coronado Gallery
Guest Speakers: Gilbert Rivera & Roén Salinas
"Activism is not about making people feel comfortable. The year was 1975. After endless discussions in graduate school on elitism in art, I asked my cohorts 'why hide your work in a gallery? Take it straight to the people!' I decided to answer the question with action and began creating murals that expressed a public statement. The Sixties were still fresh in my being as people around the world were leading their own struggles against injustice. At home, the Chicano movement taught us to recognize and respect our indigenous roots as a source of pride and identity. We are not the immigrants we are told we are. This is our ancestral home since before there were borders or Europeans. Because I was born and raised in the Barrio I learned to question and analyze, to educate and be educated, and to resist, produce and struggle for 'WE THE PEOPLE.' As I have always told the students that I’ve addressed over the years: 'It’s impossible to be proud when you don’t know who you are!'” -Raúl Valdez
"Home Is Where The Heart Is" a collection by Gloria Espitia
Monday - Saturday June 30 - October 14 Community Gallery
Join us for an exhibit of artifacts, photographs & oral histry interviews put together by Gloria Espitia as a wonderful collection of a history of East Austin as seen through Hispanic homes.
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Presents EXSOSKELETON
a sculpture piece by Vicotry Pérez-Rul
Exsoskeleton is solar hardware, steel, and powder coating, Austin 2017.
Exsoskeleton is a site-specific public sculpture for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, designed by Mexican artist Victor Pérez-Rul whose artistic labor evolves around the empiric development of energy research through the multidisciplinary approach to science, technology, and art.
Exsoskeleton generates, stores and processes energy through its solar panels, specifically designed to produce an electromagnetic spectrum. Its relation to the environment shapes its behavior.
Exsoskeleton exists through a technological system in relation with the environment that enables stages of wakefulness and sleepiness, life and death, and the apparently motionless lifeless stage.
"Renewable energy is key to its essence and purpose, to accomplish this collaboration with Solartec, a Mexican company specialized on solar energy. This project was accomplished thanks to the ESB-MACC, and to the donors involved: the University of Texas at Austin: Visual Arts Center, Victor Pérez-Rul and Solartec."
About the artist:
Victor Pérez-Rul is a multidisciplinary artist using various technologies to convey the art of energy. Pérez-Rul lives and works in Mexico City, however, he has been temporarily residing and working in Austin, Texas in collaboration with curator Leslie Moody Castro and a team of The University of Texas at Austin graduate students on the exhibition Placeholder, which opened last September all while working on an installation that will be place on the outdoor plaza of ESB- Mexican American Cultural Center.
ABOUT THE SAM Z. CORONADO GALLERY
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.