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Final Installment of 'Common Currents' Tricentennial Exhibition Opens at Mexican Cultural Institute


  • Rocio Saenz
This week ushers in the sixth and final chapter of “Common Currents,” a Tricentennial exhibition series exploring 300 years of San Antonio history through the eyes of artists.

Employing an unpredictable, artist-driven format, the sprawling project allowed six venues (Artpace, Blue Star Contemporary, Southwest School of Art, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Carver Community Cultural Center and the Mexican Cultural Institute) to each enlist two artists. That initial group of 12 followed suit, with each artist inviting two peers — and so on until a total of 300 were on board. Potentially the most relatable chapter of the lot, the Mexican Cultural Institute’s offering spans from 1968 to 2017, a half century that saw everything from the opening of HemisFair to the arrival of the World’s Largest Cowboy Boots.

As with each of its predecessors, this final piece of the puzzle unites celebrated local artists with emerging talents still flying below the radar. Electronic music duo Calico Club (1969), revered sculptor Margarita Cabrera (1972), multimedia wildcard Christie Blizard (1991), retro pop artist Louie Chavez (2000), porcelain provocateur Wesley Harvey (2015) and slam poetry master Jason Gossard (2016) are among the 50 bringing the series to a close in the present day.

Free, opening reception Thu March 29 6-8pm, on view 9am-6pm Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat through May 6, Mexican Cultural Institute, 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, (210) 227-0123,
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