When: Thu., April 13, 6-8 p.m. 2017
Although he relocated to New York more than 15 years ago, accomplished artist Alejandro Diaz has maintained an unmistakeable presence in his native San Antonio via inclusion in collections and exhibitions, and the continued influence of Sala Diaz, the experimental art space he launched in Southtown in 1995. As he told the Current in 2015, Diaz started making “populist art” as a way to make ends meet in New York City, selling tourists curious cardboard signs printed with phrases such as “Mexican Wallpaper” and “Audrey Hepburn Was Here” (which he naturally sold in front of Tiffany’s). Often employing humor and language to investigate identity politics and Tex-Mex culture, Diaz returned to the Alamo City two years ago for the solo show “It Takes a Village.” Organized by the Linda Pace Foundation, the exhibition addressed class and culture via works that reinterpreted iconic styles and involved artistic collaborations with local faux-bois master Carlos Cortez and artisans from Guadalajara. Anchored by that 2015 show, the hardcover catalog Alejandro Diaz: It Takes a Village goes beyond the exhibition to unpack, celebrate and explore the significance of Diaz’s work through witty commentary provided by San Antonio art star Franco Mondini-Ruiz and insightful essays penned by LPF trustee Kathryn Kanjo and curator/art historian Rita Gonzalez. In celebration of its recent publication, LPF brings Diaz back home for a book release party and signing that comes complete with refreshments and musical entertainment.