Arte Latina: ROAR - Catalogue Signing and Reception
Blue Star Contemporary Art Center is thrilled to host a reception and catalogue signing of Arte Latina: ROAR on October 19th, 2011, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, free and open to the public. The 2008 exhibit, Arte Latina: ROAR, was the first ever all Latina exhibit at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. The event will feature guest speakers Dr. Harriett Romo and President Ricardo Romo, and curator Arturo Almeida will sign catalogues along with the artists and writers.
Arte Latina: ROAR was curated by Arturo Almeida and underwritten by The Tobin Endowment. The contemporary exhibit, concentrating on San Antonio Latina artists, marked the first time The Tobin Endowment directly sponsored an exhibit at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center and also celebrated the first time an all-woman exhibition was been featured at the institution. The catalogue will be sold for $37 (plus tax) at the October 19th, 2011 reception and will be available for purchase online at:.
Arte Latina: ROAR commemorates the diverse work of fourteen visual artists and six renowned writers including:
Artists: Vanessa R. Centeno, Adriana García, Vanessa García-Briedé, Frances Marie Herrera, Tess Martínez, Irma Carolina Rubio, Marta Sanchez, Elizabeth Rodríguez, Anita Valencia, Kathy Vargas, Laura Varela, Carla Velíz, Luisa Wheeler, Guillermina Zabala
Writers: Dr. Norma Cantú, Ms. Rosemary Catacalos, Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark, Dr. Raquel Márquez, Dr. Sonia Saldívar-Hall, Dr. Harriett Romo
Almeida chose the title Arte Latina: ROAR due to the strong association with feminist era as well as to a fitting affiliated emotion of excitement and empowerment connected with the group of work. As curator, he hopes the catalogue exudes and reveals a wide spectrum of Latina talent and expression, which voices the many obstacles women in today’s society are challenged with.
“Unifying artists by their gender and cultural roots inevitably responds to an undeniable pattern of exclusion” says Almeida; however, the exhibition brought “to light the unique vision and the indomitable spirit of the Latina artist.”
“I chose the title Arte Latina: Roar, because it is at once succinctly descriptive of the artists in this show and of the depth and excitement of their expression. ‘Roar’ is a fitting onomatopoeia that not only reflects inherent strength, courage and power but also recalls a feminist anthem of another era. Latina artists occupy a unique place in the world of artistic expression. Frequently, their work focuses on gender, sexuality, class, equality and race. Yet, Latina artists often face the challenge of being excluded from mainstream venues or, perhaps worse, are afforded only token inclusion. Unifying artists by their gender and cultural roots inevitably responds to an undeniable pattern of exclusion. Arte Latina: ROAR, however, does more. It brings to light a broad range of experience and talent that through the mediums of painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation and the written word expresses a singular vision and an indomitable spirit.” - Arturo Almeida
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