New Gallery Exhibits Feature Mexican-American Experience

The UALR Gallery Program will present “El Grito (The Cry for Independence)” and “Drawings of Mexico” beginning August 16 in the UALR Fine Arts Building as part of the Arkansas Mexico 2010 Celebration.

Gallery I and II will feature “El Grito (The Cry for Independence),” exhibiting the work of over thirty contemporary artists with ties to the Mexican-American experience. Many of these artists deal with issues of identity in a social-political context. Immigration has become a poignant issue that often evokes a polemic discourse.  Artists are not shying away from this conversation and the artworks being created deal with notions of borders and boundaries.

One of the featured artists, David Avalos, states “the border is where you are at.” Avalos contends that borders are human-made and are based on the understandings and misunderstandings of the surrounding world.

Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.

“El Grito” will be on display from August 16 to October 10.

In Gallery III, “Drawings of Mexico” by Louis Freund, will be displayed from August 16 to September 22.

In the late 1950s, Louis and Elsie Freund, who started the art department at UALR, then Little Rock Junior College, traveled to Mexico to draw on location at many of the now famous archeological sites.

This series of drawings feature The Pyramid of the Sun and Moon, Mitla, and Olmec sites.

The Arkansas Mexico 2010 Project is a university-community collaboration between the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock, and the William J. Clinton Foundation. The goal is to encourage and coordinate local events that highlight the history of Mexico and United States-Mexican relations and to encourage the discussion of present and future bi-national development.

Support for this exhibition series has been provided by UALR Art Department, UALR Friends of the Arts, and the UALR Office of Campus Life.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Following Labor Day, weekend hours of Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday 2 -5 p.m. will be in effect.  The galleries are closed on university holidays.

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