In the contemporary art world, Latino artists are continuously underrepresented. Researchers say that’s part of the reason why marginalized communities don’t feel invited to access art.
Bridging this gap wasn’t specifically the focus of a new art exhibition in San Antonio. But when artists reflect the demographic of a community, that just happens naturally.
The exhibition is called “Soy de Tejas: A Statewide Survey of Latinx Art.” It is the largest exhibition curator Rigoberto Luna has ever put together. It is in Market Square at the Centro de Artes in San Antonio and features work by more than 40 artists of Latin American descent – all with ties to Texas.
The name of the exhibit is a nod to South Texas music legend Esteban “Steve” Jordan and his song of the same name, a song often referred to as the unofficial Chicano national anthem.
Luna has spent over a decade putting together art and gallery shows. So when the city of San Antonio had an open call for exhibitions, he already had this idea cooking.