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May 1st, 2013

Ann Street Gallery presents Mexican American exhibition

“Mai”, a mixed media work by Tlisza Jaurique, will be among the many pieces on display at the Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh, NY during the Ole! exhibition, which will be running through June 8, 2013.

NEWBURGH - The Ann Street Gallery presents its newest exhibition Ole!, with an Artist Reception on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Ole! exhibition focuses on works by a select group of Mexican American artists who are exploring new dimensions within contemporary art and in recognition of Cinco de Mayo. The goal of the exhibition is to celebrate Mexican American artists, their Mexican heritage and cultural pride in the Unites States. Artists included in this exhibition, while sharing roots in Mexico, live and work across the United States blending together their art and cultural traditions with their identities as Americans.

Mexican American art has developed as a social phenomenon since its inception in the 1960’s to its present contemporary form. Today’s Mexican American art is social, psychological and multifaceted, though American in character and universal in spirit. It has flourished well beyond the boundaries of pure political commentary and is appreciated by diverse audiences for the unique contribution these artists are making to art and America’s cultural development.

Many of the pieces in the Ole! exhibition are a contemporary take on Mexico’s varied cultural expressions. On view are works that reference reclaimed traditional crafts and symbols, folk art, popular culture and a plethora of contemporary practices. Other works presented examine a variety of traditions that draw their inspiration from the unique perspective of Mexican visual culture and vocabulary, vehicles which have helped shape each artist’s work. By examining these visual works one can gain insight into the physical and psychological forces at play in the evolution of Mexican American art, the artist’s consciousness and creative expression.

Viewing these works, one will appreciate Mexican American art as another facet of the rich, vibrant threads that are being interwoven into the tapestry of the larger American experience. The tapestry makes up the "Great American Experiment," while advancing a deeper understanding of Mexican culture, identity and history.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Rolando Briseno, Priscilla Dobler, Tina Fuetnes, Juan Granados Benito Huerta, Tlisza Jaurique, Paola Nunez, Linda Vallejo, Marela Zacarias, and Marcus Zilliox.

The exhibition will be on view through June 8, 2013. The exhibition was curated by Virginia Walsh, Director of the Ann Street Gallery.

The Ann Street Gallery is a nonprofit art gallery specializing in contemporary emerging and established artists.

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