Location: NDCAC

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.

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".

Artists' work includes digital media, 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. An exhibit highlight is "panos" by Rudy "Link" Gonzales which were created and produced in the prison system.

There will be a public reception on Saturday April 16, 2016 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the NDCAC with artist-in-residence and guest curator, INC.'s Jesús Macarena-Ávila of exhibit. Macarena-Avila will be giving an artist talk from 4:45 to 5:15 PM and will also be giving a short Paño workshop until 6:15 PM. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend. This event is free and open to the public.

Exhibitors include: DeSoto High School (DeSoto, Mo.); Eric J. Garcia (Chicago, IL.); Rudy "Link" Gonzales (Hammond, In.); Jesús Macarena-Ávila (Chicago, IL.); Star Padilla (Honolulu, Ha.) and Fabio Rodriguez (St. Louis, Mo.)

March 5 - April 16, 2016

1045 W. Washington Street
South Bend, IN 46601
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