Sebastián: The Geometry of Space and Time
Curator, April 8 - June 25, 2017, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas.
Sebastián: The Geometry of Space and Time will mark the first time an exhibition of Sebastián’s work is exhibited in the City of Austin. This historic exhibition examines his artistic practice in relation to mathematical concepts and their overlap with his designs and sculptures. He often combines the brilliant colors with the abstract forms of minimalism that are both gestural and emotionally expressive. The exhibition includes examples of his Public Art; Transformables; Quantics sculptures; and examples of his Fashion & Jewelry design.
Icons & Symbols of the Borderland
Project Advisor, September 17, 2016 - January 29, 2017, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas.
Icons & Symbols of the Borderland embodies the landscape and cultural legacy of the U.S./Mexico borderland. The works of art presented are by artists living on and/or informed by the U.S./Mexico Border. The artistic renditions in this collection provide a regional context by which viewers can reflect upon their own roots, bridge connections to their cultural and environmental landscape, and envision their place within a global community.
Featured Artists: Richard Armendariz, Mark Clark, Antonio Castro, Socorro Diamondstein, Gaspar Enriquez, Mery Godigna Collet, Chris Grijalva-Garcia, Luis Gutierrez, Romy Saenz Hawkins, Wayne Hilton, Benito Huerta, Ilana Lapid w/ Priscilla Garcia, Lydia Limas, Cesar Martinez, Diana Molina, Delilah Montoya, Oscar Moya, Mia Rollow, Kent Rush, Victoria Suescum, and Miguel Valenzuela, and Andy Villarreal.
Changarrito Project: Selections from the Collection 2015 - 2016
Curator, June 18 - August 28, 2016, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas.
Changarrito is a mobile art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selections in Mexico. This exhibition highlights works of art acquired during the Changarrito Residencies when artists displayed artworks on the Changarrito cart outside the museum, or at another location in Austin. The art featured here ranges from toys, serigraphs, sketches, paintings, sculpture, zines (small circulation of self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images), illustration and digital collage, and other portable works of art.
Obra Gráfica: Selections from the Mexic-Arte Museum Print Collection
Curator, January 22 - May 29, 2016, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas.
This exhibit featured the Museum’s growing collection of historical and contemporary prints by Latina/o and Latin American artists with works that encompass a diverse range of techniques and subject matter. Printmaking, defined as the process of creating multiple impressions of an image, is a preferred method for its expediency in circulating information among cultures. The works in OBRA GRÁFICA show the lineage of printmaking from Pre-Columbian to experimental forms in New Media.
Community Altars: Ofrendas Inspired from the States of Mexico, Curator, September 12 - November 22, 2015, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas.
This exhibition featured artists, community groups, and individuals who created commemorative altars inspired by the various states of Mexico (highlighting Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Mexico D.F., and Coahuila). Each region has its own nuances and unique customs on the celebration; the altars on display visually highlight regional and cultural differences among the various Mexican states.
31 Years of Mexic-Arte Museum's Dia de los Muertos: A Voice of the Community
Curator, September 12 - November 22, 2015, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas.
In its 31 year quest to educate the public about the day’s significance, Mexic-Arte Museum has presented exhibitions, performances, street festivals, videos, murals, installations, processions, publications and other cultural manifestations. During this time, a marvelous transformation has occurred—what was historically a religious holiday has become an expressive commemoration of family and a celebration of Mexican and Mexican American life and culture in Austin. This interpretive exhibition documented, through the presentation of archival materials on Day of the Dead, how the museum has served as an outlet for the community to comment on current issues such as immigration reform and the death penalty; and express a uniquely Austin Mexican and Mexican American identity and heritage.
Miradas: Ancient Roots on Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art
Project Manager, September 19 - November 23, 2014, Curated by Cesáreo Moreno, National Museum of Mexican Art Chief Curator. Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas.
Miradas—originally curated by Cesáreo Moreno of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago and Bank of America’s curatorial staff, and adapted by Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator, Rebecca Gomez—celebrates work by artists on both sides of the border, examining their perspectives on sociopolitical and personal identity issues. The Collection features works by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel Orozco, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Graciela Iturbide, Gunther Gerzso, and Javier Chavira. Additionally, works by Carlos Almaraz, Alejandro Colunga, Luis Jimenez, Gustavo Rivera, Jean Charlot and Roberto Munguia from Mexic-Arte’s own permanent collection complement Bank of America’s Collection.
New Works by Eric Breish
Curator, February 3 - April 27, 2012, The University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Art Gallery, San Antonio, Texas.
Breish experiments with various artistic techniques from sanding metal plates that create optical illusions to pouring enamels that brightly reveal random patterns on their surfaces. His works challenge the viewer to explore the different dimensions that reveal themselves through his calculated planning and the uncontrollable results. Breish was born in 1978 in San Diego, California. He earned a B.S. degree in entertainment business from Full Sail University (2005), before turning completely to the world of art in 2008, when he studied under the well-known metal artist Andres Nottenbom. He has exhibited in San Antonio at David Shelton Gallery and Ranger Creek Brewery (2011) and in Houston at Sculpture by Design and New Gallery (2010). In 2010, Breish was commissioned by Energy Transfer to capture their company logo in metal.
Art of Devotion: Latin American Religious Art in the Collection of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
Curator, September 23, 2006 - January 21, 2007, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Antonio, Texas.
Curatorial Intern, Rebecca Gomez, researched, cataloged, and curated 123 Spanish/Mexican colonial artifacts. These objects were donated to the museum by Mr. Fred Pottinger, an interior designer and dealer in fine antiques in San Antonio, Texas for more than 40 years. Much of the work in this exhibit stems from the 19th Century, with some of the objects dating to the 18th Century and earlier and a few pieces from the 20th Century. The types of art in the collection are retablos, santos, crucifixes, and some items which are mainly decorative in nature such as wall brackets, shelves, bell jars and candle stands.