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.
"Orphans" Works by Jose Rodriguez
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm | Saturday 10am-4pm April 6th - June 2nd Sam Z. Coronado Gallery
The exhibition is an exploration of issues that arise from migration and dislocation. It is comprised of 365 small drawings and objects conceived as an installation. Jose is interested in bringing some degree of significance to otherwise overlooked man-made objects that have somehow lost their definition. Through changing our perspective perhaps we may discover a new meaning and acceptance of differing points of view.
"Concepts: From the Natural to the Surreal" by Nayeli Miranda
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm | Saturday 10am-4pm
April 6th - June 2nd
"My work is a reflection of myself: my life, experiences, ideas, feelings, and beliefs. My culture has definitely had a big influence on my artwork: the unique shapes and forms, the vibrant colors, and the many Mexican artists that I admire are a big source of inspiration. I have always admired naturals, especially photographic realism, but personally I rely on abstraction and conception art to express my ideas. My art is my refuge, it is the place where I go when I’m feeling frustrated or stressed out, it's where I can get out my emotions and express my ideas.
My artwork is versatile and always changing, and although I have preserved my own style, I believe in change and evolution. I do not like the idea of sticking to one type of art or to one specific subject matter, because I like to explore different medias and subjects. I think this evolution is part of my personal as well of my professional growth, it's part of being a human being."
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Presents EXOSKELETON
a sculpture piece by Victor Pérez-Rul
Exoskeleton is solar hardware, steel, and powder coating, Austin 2017.
Exoskeleton 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.
Exoskeleton generates, stores and processes energy through its solar panels, specifically designed to produce an electromagnetic spectrum. Its relation to the environment shapes its behavior.
Exoskeleton 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.