There was lots of good show and tell. One of the most remarkable was this cross-stitch embroidery quilt by Mary Nennstiel. She found the blocks at a yard sale, washed them, and set them with this lovely sashing that really makes the blocks glow. She machine-quilted and was sewing on the binding at the meeting last night.
Ranging in date from 1984 to 2011, the works in the exhibition embody social, political, and economic issues, as well as explorations of identity and race, faced by Mexican American and Chicano/a artists. The exhibition is organized thematically in the following sections: the melding of Mexican and American cultures; Hispanic icons Frida Kahlo, Che Guevara, and César Chávez; the struggle for equality and labor rights; the search for Mexican American identity; and the influence of Latino culture on contemporary American life and art.
You can expect to see many bright primary colors as well as some more muted colors in these prints, most of which are silkscreens. I was unfamiliar with all of the artists whose work was included, but I admire the work tremendously.
|Raul Caracoza, Young Frida (Pink), 2006, screen print, image: 36 1/8 x 26 1/8 in., Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo, 2009.42, © 2013 Raul Caracoza|
The museum grounds are also an art park and greenway. Just the short walk from the parking lot to the exhibit pleased the senses with a large garden of yellow roses.