Arte Paño Contemporaneo: A Tradition Revived is a national art exhibit program curated by and resulted out from a short residency with the Instituto De Nuestra Cultura (INC.) founded by Chicago artist, Jesús Macarena-Ávila. INC. means “our institute of culture” affirms the idea that culture is best served when is passed as a tradition from one generation to another. Work inspired by "arte paño" on themes such as art as activism, gender, immigration, multiculturalism, and popular culture.
The exhibit features contemporary work inspired by a marginalized Chicano tradition, "arte paño" or handkerchief art which is currently being explored and inspired other contemporary Latin@ artists. Program's title Arte Paño Contemporaneo: A Tradition Revived implies how this tradition has been revisited and affirmed by others into a contemporary expression from an art form which originated with Mexican-Americans in prison or "la pinta".
Exhibitors include: DeSoto High School (DeSoto, Mo.); Eric J. Garcia (Chicago, IL.); Rudy "Link" Gonzales (Hmmond, In.); Jesús Macarena-Ávila (Chicago, IL.); Star Padilla (Honolulu, Ha.) and Fabio Rodriguez (St. Louis, Mo.)
Artists' work includes drawing, mixed media, painting, and installation representing different generations: established and respected in the art world while others are emerging and upcoming, intersecting a wide variety of artistic approaches, ideological processes, and visual aesthetics.
Guest artist & exhibition curator, Jesus Macarena-Avila will be giving an free workshop on Thursday, April 14 from 5:30 to 7:00PM. Materials will be provided. RSVP's to this link are appreciated, but not neccessary.
There will be a free public closing reception on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 4:30 - 6:30PM. Arist-in-residence and guest curator of the exhibition, INC.'s Jesús Macarena-Ávila will be giving an artist talk about the works.