Rubin Center Celebrates UTEP 100 years

Reminder that today (April 10)  the Rubin Center and the Department of Art are celebrating UTEP’s Centennial with an open house, music, art demonstrations, the opening of works by Adrian Esparza, their first artist in residence, and an awards ceremony for the juried student art show. In additon there will be works by100 artists who have had ties to UTEP over the years. This is all scheduled to start at 4 and go until 6.-david sokolec

No Lugares: magnifico

The Beatles once sang “There are places I remember ..” and here in Juarez there are places all over the city which once were full of life and which e hold memories of others times, of past fiestas, past loves, but are now abandoned  often only shells of their former selves.  In an effort to explore these “no lugares” and the issue of memory and, for that matter, what is important in a cityscape, as well as a desire to resuscitate at least in memory these places and the people who live there, a group of artists worked long and hard giving workshops in a variety of artistic disciplines to people in order to let them record, recollect and revive in a certain way these areas which still hold  memories of a time that was.
The fruit of these months of work were on display Friday night at the Centro Cultural Paso del Norte in a show called No Lugares, una frontera llamada Juarez, and obviously the long work paid off because it was a wonderful show which was greatly appreciated by a huge crowd at opening night.
The show included photographs from all over the city like those of Cine Victoria, and Tin Tan’s house, there were paintings, installations, videos and brilliant conceptualisations like a a map of the city in sections with each section composed of  written memories which the visitor was invited to take home or a group  of open lockers filled with notebooks full of drawings which could be perused by visitors.
An excellent show and a credit to Brenda Ceninceros,  who coordinated this huge effort, Alukandra Koronada, and all the others who worked so hard on it and especially to the volunteer artists  who helped make this show such a success. It is going to be up at CCPN until April22, openfrom 12-6 , and then at least portions will be shown around town including Loftlight studio in El Paso in June.  There is also, of course, a facebook page at No Lugares.-david sokolec

Update for No Lugares

The date for the upcoming No Lugares exhibition, which I mentioned in the previous post, has been changed to April 4.
Everything else is the same-6 pm at the CCPN.

A Place for the No Lugares

This Tuesday April 1, (no this is not a joke) is the opening of the exhibition No Lugares, Una Frontera llamada Juarez at the Centro Cultural Paso del Norte. This is the fruition of an ambitious  project in which artists from a  wide variety of disciplines went into the marginalized parts of the city to work with the young there giving workshops and helping them foster their creative spirit. This exhibition is the culmination of months of hard work by everyone involved and attests to the continuing desire of artists, among many others, to try to make a contribution to this city by helping many of the seemingly forgotten to create and develop their talents and to express their thoughts and feelings through art.
This desire to give back, to help others is something I find a lot here in Juarez, but it is something which is rarely mentioned in English language media reports on the city. In any case, the opening is at 6 pm and should be a wonderful, soul enriching event.-david sokolec

New El Paso Gallery opening Thursday

CUBE Gallery is a brand new gallery focusing on installation art and other contemporary forms. Run by artist Angel Cabrales it will feature art from El Paso as well as from outside the area and aims to educate on new ways of  viewing art and making the viewer a part of the work.
Thursday’s opening will feature two installations by Cabrales. The gallery plans to have shows in three week blocks with openings on the last Thursday of each month to coordinate with the Arts District downtown artwalk. The gallery is at  114 E. Mills and this Thursday’s opening will be from 6-9 pm. Their facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/TheCube Gallery.
Best of luck. We need all of the galleries we can get in the region and particularly those dedicated to waking people up to new ways of exploring art. -david sokolec

Artistas Unidos for the love of Art

Appropriately enough for Valentine’s Day, the group Artistas Unidos are celebrating their four year anniversary with an opening this Friday of a show they are calling  Por Amor al Arte. Starting at 7 pm, the show is to be held at Virtudes Galeria, Ave de las Americas 678 here in Juarez.. There is a promise of vino and, of course, some great art.-david sokolec

Leslie Castro at Rubin Center

Want to tell everyone that independent  art curator Leslie Moody Castro will be speaking at the Rubin Center tomorrow (Thurs.23) at noon Dividing her time between Austin and Mexico City Castro, who has worked with a variety of important Texas institutions such as the Jack Blanton Museum of Art and Artpace, San Antonio is promoting art exploration between the  booming contemporary art scene of Mexico City and emerging artists in Austin, San Antonio and elsewhere in Texas. Should be a great lecture. More info at the Rubin Center website.-david sokolec

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