The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens – a part of The University of Texas at El Paso – and the JUNTOS Art Association present the exhibit “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland,” an eclectic portrayal of the contemporary border landscape and its culture through the art works of 22 JUNTOS artists from Oct. 10, 2015, through Jan. 16, 2016.
Familiar Icons that include Pancho Villa, La Virgen de Guadalupe, and Cabeza de Vaca and symbols such as jaguars and monarch butterflies synthesize and collide in an exhibition rooted in the personal and collective consciousness of border life.
“Ours is an age where visual representations are elemental to our daily communication and lifestyle,” said Diana Molina, artist and exhibit coordinator. “Symbols are keys to the stories of our human activity – they link the past and present, they ignite emotions, they represent our place within the contemporary U.S. / Mexican border terrain.”
The collection combines tradition, culture, history and nature in a variety of subjects and themes ranging from the religious and mythological to the commercial and socio-political uniquely depicted in paintings, photography, sculpture and collage.
Artists include: Ricky Armendariz, Margarita Cabrera, Antonio Castro, Mark Clark, Socorro Diamonstein, Gaspar Enriquez, Mery Godigna Collet, Christine Granados, Chris Grijalva-Garcia, Luis Gutierrez, Wayne Hilton, Benito Huerta, Ilana Lapid, Cesar Martinez, Diana Molina, Delilah Montoya, Oscar Moya, Miguel Valenzuela, Kent Rush, Romy Saenz Hawkins, Victoria Suescum, Andy Villarreal and Lydia Limas.