Artpace is pleased to present Common Currents, an exhibition spanning San Antonio's 300-year history. Artists responding to San Antonio’s first 50 years (1718-1768) will open in the Hudson Showroom on January 18, 2018, 6-8pm.
Common Currents is a diverse, encyclopedic showcase of San Antonio’s history as told and retold by more than 300 artists, invited to participate by their peers. Drawing on the connections or currents that run through San Antonio’s vibrant creative community, each of the organizing partners began by inviting two artists. These initial artists were then asked to invite two peer artists until more than 300 were amassed. All of the participating artists are assigned one year of San Antonio’s history to reflect on in the development of their work for Common Currents. This exhibition is presented chronologically through a variety of contemporary media across the six venues. Subsequent openings will occur at Blue Star Contemporary, Southwest School of Art, The Guadalupe Cultural Art Center, Carver Community Cultural Center, and the Mexican Cultural Institute San Antonio.
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More information about the exhibition may be found at: commoncurrents.org.
About the San Antonio Tricentennial:
In 2018, San Antonio will mark its 300th anniversary: a rare, historic event that will be remembered for generations. The Tricentennial Commission, a public nonprofit, leads the way in celebrating and commemorating our 300 years by developing a year of educational, artistic, and entertaining events. As San Antonio takes the world’s stage, key initiatives include: History & Education, Arts & Culture, Community Service, and Commemorative Week. The yearlong commemoration will celebrate our memorable past and propel us into our equally remarkable future. You are invited to join our community and be a part of the next chapter in San Antonio’s legendary story. Visit sanantonio300.org for more information.
Also on the 18th, San Antonio artist John Medina reveals new work in Main Space. The two part exhibition will first feature a recording booth where visitors can share their favorite memory of San Antonio. The second phase will see the unveiling of a 20-foot drip painting, meant to represent the San Antonio sunset. Visitors and passersby will hear the recorded memories of San Antonians amplified on the street while viewing the massive painting.
Artpace is a non-profit contemporary art residency organization in downtown San Antonio. Artpace supports the creative process and engages audiences with the most innovative art and artists from around the world.