Mexic-Arte Museum presents Young Latino Artists 21: Amexican@ opening reception
Now in its 21st year, the Young Latino Artists (YLA) exhibition has historically provided emerging Latina/o artists with professional-level museum experience and exposure. Guest curated by David “Shek” Vega, YLA 21: Amexican@ focuses on Latina/o artists who grew up as part of the Millennial Generation.
While raised in dominantly Latina/o populated locales, these artists have altered their way of representing traditional Latina/o works as seen from art produced in response to the Chicano Movement of the 1960s-70s. Art from this era focused largely on community, often political in nature, and artists made a concerted effort to reconnect with their Mexican roots.
Art produced by Millennials reflects an inner dialogue; one that resonates with their Latina/o upbringing, nostalgia, the influence of the digital age, and the current cultural climate in the United States. The works on display represent a survey of the Latina/o Millennial Generation's response to art-making. Religious iconography poses, vibrant colors, familiar cultural references, issues personal to the artist, and a solid sense of connection to their community are all themes found in the exhibition.
Following the opening reception, the exhibition runs until August 28.