In celebration of Border Cantos: Sight and Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border on view at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Stage Eighteen will host the exhibit "Bridging Communities: Experience and Expression in NWA." The show features work by Alan Rodriguez, Octavio Logo, and Sonia Gutierrez, as well as design students from New Design School and Arkansas Arts Academy. Join us for the opening of this new exhibit on First Thursday, March 2nd at Stage Eighteen from 6-9, featuring music by Rico Son.
This month’s combination of artists and projects celebrates the diversity of experiences with the US-Mexico border, whether highlighting responses to the exhibition itself, or art created by those working in our community who are inspired by their family and heritage.
A family-friendly closing celebration will be held on April 1, during the Farmer’s Market on the nearby Fayetteville Square, from 10am to 1pm featuring music, art activities, and snacks.
About the artsits:
Alan Rodriguez is a multi-media artist that started with a passionate interest in graffiti and street art who then began to explore a variety of mediums and styles, and continues to find new ways of expressing himself as an artist. His work includes large scale images that look proudly at his culture and past as a Mexican American.
Octavio Logo, known for his work in the community principally with 2D art, will be showcasing sculpture. Logo studied Fine Arts at “La Esmeralda” College of Fine Arts INBA (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes) with a concentration in painting. He then spent five years delving into Classical Studies at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), specializing in ancient Greek language and history.
“Wanting to share my art and ideas beyond the traditionally private realm of galleries, I started making public murals throughout Mexico and experimenting with graphic novels. During my time here in Northwest Arkansas, I hope to continue developing my skills, learning from local artists and engaging with new communities to grow interest in the power of public art,” Logo said.
Sonia Gutierrez is an installation/video artist, founder/COO New Design School, CEO Atelier NDS. Her work Daily Bread consists of a video and series of proposed murals. The video is a dream that Gutierrez had in 2013 and decided to recreate by renting a church, hiring actors, acquiring props, shooting the video and editing it into a 3 minute film. The film was chosen to be featured in the 2015 Crystal Bridges Short Film Festival.
Jessica Shaw, Arkansas Arts Academy High School, Senior
Alexandria Meredith, Arkansas Arts Academy High School, Junior
Luke Osburn, New Design School, First year, second term
Kasey Hodges, New Design School, First Year student, first term
Rico Son is a new band fusing Cuban and Puerto Rican Latin beats. The fusion is a combination of Spanish guitar and Afro-Cuban percussion, in the style of the Buena Vista Social Club of the late 90s. The sound is a mixture of son, bolero, danzon, salsa, and bachata. They’ll be performing from 7:30 to 9.
About Border Cantos
Crystal Bridges’ Community Partners host a variety of events and programs to help spread awareness about Border Cantos and to encourage diverse audiences to experience the exhibition.
Border Cantos, a unique collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican American sculptor/composer Guillermo Galindo, uses the power of contemporary art to explore and humanize the complex issues surrounding the United States-Mexico border. The exhibition is free and is presented in both English and Spanish.
18 E Center St
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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