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Sept. 2 – Oct. 23
Opening Reception: Sept. 2 from 4- 8 pm
Jesus "Cimi" Alvarado
screenprint 20 x 16 1/2 inches
collection Serie Project
“Estamos Aquí (We Are Here)” opens Sept. 2, 2016 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
The public is invited to view the exhibition beginning September 2. An opening reception will be held from 4-8 p.m. on September 2. An artist’s talk, sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the Department of Global Culture and Languages, and the Crisp Museum, will be held at 6 p.m. on October 6.
Estamos Aquí (We Are Here) features contemporary serigraphs by 40 artists who took an opportunity to learn a specialized silkscreen print technique from a collaborative Austin-based residency. Many of the artists are speaking from the Latino/Chicano perspective, and the resulting portfolio of prints expresses their celebrations, sorrows, challenges, popular culture, and personal experiences.
Featuring vivid colors and sometimes startling imagery, the works in Estamos Aquí (We Are Here) encourage audiences to ask questions about the nature of cross-cultural exchange and discover how artists find their voices through personal stories and experiences that become part of the artistic process.
A complex assemblage of ethnicity, cultural heritage, and languages represents the American story, our story; connected by many strands that speak to universal themes. The subject matter in Estamos Aquí (We Are Here) is as diverse as its creators, and it celebrates ideas like identity and sense of place. Alec Dempster’s work, Maiz Moderno, is a statement on the cultural understanding that can come from the sharing of food. Artist Sandra Fernandez encapsulates the spirit of being a Latina mother and daughter within the context of society and the “new codes” she has learned by living in the U.S.
The visual language drawn from varied traditions—including family and religious symbols, political motifs, the Mexican Luche Libre matches, neighborhood (barrio) themes, and Mexican graphic traditions—enlivens the aesthetic dialogue of the exhibition, which will be accompanied by fully bilingual gallery text and artist statements.
Selected from a larger portfolio housed at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the works featured in Estamos Aquí (We Are Here) originate from The Serie Project. Since 1993, Chicano painter and printmaker Sam Coronado of Coronado Studios has lent the use of his workspace and equipment for an artist-in-residence program where underrepresented artists learn serigraphy. The residency represents artists from differing ethnic and professional backgrounds, but is known for fostering contemporary printmaking within the Mexican-American and Latino community.
The exhibition, curated by Brad Cushman of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is organized and toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. Financial assistance for this exhibition has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibition is organized and toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 20 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at www.maaa.org and www.eusa.org. Financial assistance for this exhibition has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.