Common Currents Presented by The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

Thursday 08th, March 2018 / 12:09 Written by
Common Currents Presented by The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

Common Currents 1868-1917, Part of the City of San Antonio’s Tricentennial Celebration’s Common Currents Series

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents 50 years of San Antonio history in the Common Currents Exhibition in newly renovated historic Progreso Building,  1300 Guadalupe St., San Antonio, TX 78207.

he Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents the fourth installment of the Common Currents series of exhibitions as part of the City of San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebration. Fifty years of San Antonio history will be on display in the newly renovated Progreso Building located at 1300 Guadalupe Street on the city’s Westside from March 1 to April 29, 2018.

An Artist Talk is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 at 6:00pm.

With City of San Antonio bond funding from 2012, the newly renovated Progreso Building is an important part of the city’s Westside history which opened in 1928 and served as a pharmacy to generations of Mexican-Americans in the community. The hand-painted tile building is the perfect setting for this exhibition which serves to bring back to light fascinating stories from our past.  Common Currents is a diverse, encyclopedic showcase of San Antonio’s history as told and rewritten by more than 300 visual and performing artists, invited to participate by their peers, and presented over 6 venues. All of the participating artists were assigned one year of San Antonio’s history on which to reflect in the development of their work.

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Christopher Ochoa, War & Growth, 2018, 18×18, Digital Painting, Common Currents Year 1915

“Trust in the process and trust in each artist to produce a quality show worthy of informing audiences about our shared history is what has made this show an eye-opening revelation of fascinating hidden histories of our city,” said Cristina Ballí, Executive Director. “We are particularly pleased to present this exhibit in this historic building; the public is invited to see the beautification of one of the gems of the Westside of San Antonio.”

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Bottom Left: Miki Rodriguez, State of Flux, 2017, 24x 24in., Mixed Fiber and Found Objects, Common Currents Year 1900

From the start of the Battle of Flowers Parade, the year the railroad came to town, to the jump-start of aviation, the works reflect a time of rapid growth and innovation in San Antonio. Conflict over land and connections to the rest of the continent are some of the recurring themes presented.

The March 1 opening reception will have many of the artists on-hand to discuss their works from 6:00-9:00pm. An Artist Talk is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 at 6:00pm.

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Soomin Jung, Navarro Street Bridge, 2018, 11x14in., Graphite and Gouache on paper, Common Currents Year 1910

The artists in the show are:

1868   Jane Madrigal
1869 Vikky Jones
1870 Jason Gonzales Martinez
1871 Anita Valencia
1872 Pamela Ortiz Swart
1873 Justo Cisneros
1874 James Miller
1875 Sandy Whitby
1876 Raquel Zawrotny
1877 Marc Wiegand
1878 Jerry Gann
1881 Daniel Alcalá
1882  Louis Vega Trevino
1884 Jesús Toro Martinez
1885 Nicole Amri
1886 Anastassia Rabajille
1887 Ansen Seale
1888 Theresa A. Ybanez
1889 Mary Hyland O’Brien
1890 Lata Gedala
1891 Mark and Angela Walley
1892 Qing Liu
1893 Carlos Vazquez Vielma
1895 Sofia Eichelmann
1896 Stefani Spears
1897 Dos Mestizx
1898 Nicole Poole
1899 Allysha Farmer
1900 Miki Rodriguez
1901 Justin Korver
1902 Kristel Orta-Puente
1903 Cristina Muñiz
1904 Linda Arredondo
1905 Adrian De La Cruz
1906 Justin Randolph Thompson
1908 Eric Breish
1909 Giselle Diaz
1910 Soomin Jung
1911 Margot Pogue
1912 Ed Escobedo
1915 Christopher Ochoa
1916 David Blancas
1917 Gerry Frost

The exhibition is open Monday-Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00pm. Visitation is also available by appointment.

Visit the exhibition webpage to view more works:

2018 Common Currents Partner Exhibitions

Artpace San Antonio / January 18 – March 4

Blue Star Contemporary / February 1 – May 7

Southwest School of Art / February 15 – April 22

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center / March 1 – April 29

Carver Community Cultural Center / March 15

Mexican Cultural Institute / March 29 – May 7

Visit for more details.


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