We’re already 150 years deep in “Common Currents,” the far-flung Tricentennial exhibition series that unites nearly 300 artists and six cultural institutions (Artpace, Blue Star Contemporary, Southwest School of Art, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Carver Community Cultural Center and the Mexican Cultural Institute).
Assembled in a “chain letter-inspired” format, the sprawling project invited each participating venue to enlist two artists; that initial group of 12 followed suit, with each artist inviting two peers — and so on until 300 creatives were on board. With each of these exhibition chapters encompassing 50 years of San Antonio history, there’s already an abundance of truly creative interpretations that range from fascinating to fearful to funny.
Fourth up to bat in the series, the Guadalupe is set to unveil a wide-ranging group show focused on years falling between 1868 and 1917. Gathering more than a few familiar names — Anita Valencia, Louis Vega Treviño, Ansen Seale, Mark and Angela Walley, Kristel Orta-Puente and Soomin Jung among them — “Common Currents” chapter four encompasses painting, mixed-media, drawing, ceramics and installation … not to mention unexpected references to everything from Dante to 20th Century Fox.
Free, Thu March 1, 6-9pm, Progreso Building, 1300 Guadalupe St., (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org.
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