Authored by Caryl Gaubatz.
Common Currents is a showcase of San Antonio’s history as told by 300 local artists. The works have been divided into groups of 50, based on chronology, and will be displayed in 6 different venues running from 18 JAN-7 MAY, 2018. Each of the organizing partners nominated 2 artists, who in turn, nominated 2 artists, who nominated 2 artists, etc, until 300 artists were selected. Each artist was assigned one year of San Antonio’s history to express in their work for Common Currents.
The six venues , the years years represented and the dates of the exhibit are:
1. ArtPace (1718-1767) 18 JAN-4 MAR
2. Blue Star Contemporary (1768-1817) 1 FEB-7 MAY
3. Southwest School of Art (1818-1867) 15 FEB-22 APR
4. Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (1868-1917) 1 MAR-29 APR
5. Carver Cultural Center (1918-1967) 15 MAR-26 APR)
6. Mexican Cultural Institute (1968-2017) 29 MAR-7 MAY)
Common Currents draws a portrait of San Antonio by San Antonians. Much research was required to accurately reflect developments in a particular year. FASA is pleased to have 5 artists selected.
Georgia Zwartjes , whose work is currently on view at ArtPace,depicted 1762, the year in which settlers petitioned the Spanish government for water rights so they could raise animals and grow crops.
Susie Monday‘s year is 1848 and will include references to the changing map of Texas, Treaty of Guadalupe and the Fandango. Her work will be on display at the Southwest School of Art as will Vesna Zrinski‘s.
1900 was the year assigned to Miki Rodriguez. It may be seen at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in March.
The Mexican Cultural Arts Center has asked its 50 artists not to disclose their year before the opening. Caryl Gaubatz‘s mystery year may be seen there in March.
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