When: Sat., March 11, 7-10 p.m. 2017

Launched in 2013 by San Antonio artist/curator Sarah Castillo as a means to support the professional development of women and LGBTQIA artists, Lady Base Gallery continues its tradition of staging thought-provoking pop-up exhibitions with a Contemporary Art Month showcase for San Antonio-based Michael Martinez. A native Texan who earned a BFA in intermedia from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Martinez has exhibited work in Portland, Oregon; Belgrade, Serbia; and more recently back home in San Antonio. Teaming up with his older brother Mark Anthony to address timely topics (from race and identity to gender expression and homophobia) for the Bihl Haus Arts show “Profiling Made Visible,” Martinez hit a memorable note with Aztec Gender Swap, a video piece appropriating Jesús Helguera’s iconic painting The Legend of Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl as a means to address “the erasure of queer presence from the cultural narrative of Chicanismo.” Partnering with AP Art Lab and Viva Vegería, Lady Base shines a light on Martinez’s “Lujuria,” an exhibition of videos displayed on old computer monitors. With cinematic titles such as League of God-Like Bionic Titans, Martinez’s new works employ “the language of ’80s action movies” to explore the pressures of coming out and articulate “a lust for life, freedom and respect.”

Price: Free