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December, 2010

The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Art and
Art History and the Instituto Cultural de México (ICM) present
³Neo-Mexicanism, A New Figuration: Mexican Art of the 1980s² Nov. 12-Feb. 22
at the Instituto Cultural de México, 600 Hemisfair Park.

The 33-piece exhibit features the works of 12 Mexican artists and is
comprised of art pieces from public and private collections throughout
Mexico, California, and New York representative of the Neo-Mexicanist art
movement of the 1980s.

According to Teresa Eckmann, UTSA Assistant Professor of Latin American art
history, who curated the exhibition, ³Neo-Mexicanism is defined as a style,
a current, and a tendency within Mexican figurative painting that
incorporates, recycles, or reinterprets iconographic content specifically
referential to Mexican culture for the purpose of questioning fixed points
of view and illuminating aspects of a syncretic, contemporary reality.²

Eckmann believes viewers will be taken in by the traditional Mexican symbols
they recognize, and surprised by the artistic twists on imagery. Familiar
icons include the Virgin of Guadalupe, Benito Juárez, Zapatistas and images
from the Loteria.

³It took tremendous effort to get these works into the United States and I
think it¹s a unique exhibit that will probably never be seen again on this
side of the border,² said Eckmann.  ³The works address identity and contains
subtle and sometimes not so subtle layers of irony and sarcasm that
challenge these fixed notions of identity.²

Eckmann worked two years on the project and enlisted the assistance of
graduate students to conduct research and provide object labels with
descriptions of the art work.  The exhibit is related to a forthcoming book
she authored on the Neo-Mexicanist Art Movement by published by the
University of New Mexico Press.

Featured artists include Alejandro Arango, Mónica Castillo, Javier de La
Garza, Julio Galán, Enrique Guzmán, Rocío Maldonado, Dulce María Nuñez,
Georgina Quintana, Eloy Tarcisio, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Germán Venegas and
Nahum B. Zenil.

Additionally, recent bodies of work by Maldonado and De la Garza are
concurrently on view in the ICM¹s Salas David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego

Instituto Cultural de México gallery viewing hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Tuesday- Friday and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call (210) 227-0123 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (210) 227-0123      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email

The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher
education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and
six health institutions in the UT System.  As a multicultural institution,
UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to
educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global

UTSA serves more than 30,300 students in 65 bachelor¹s, 49 master¹s and 21
doctoral degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business,
Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts,
Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an
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