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The Galleries are generally open during business hours:

Monday-Friday: 10AM - 6PM
Saturday: 10AM - 4PM
Sunday: Closed

In addition to our in-person exhibit, anyone may view our online exhibits at www.MaccDigital.Net.

Take a Virtual Tour of the MACC! 

For in-person tours, fill out a Tour Request Form.

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Postcard for La Lucha Sigue Eastside Stories Group Exhibition

Arte Texas Presents: La Lucha Sigue Eastside Stories
Gallery is open to the public starting Saturday, Sept 10, 2022!

Our La Lucha Sigue exhibit symbolizes the artwork that has a connection to the culturato our identity, and to our history. These native East Austin artists as well as our activist heroes have fought the lucha through battles in our community as well as honor our elder leaders who fought hard for equality, injustice, humanity, and most of all for a good quality of life. This lucha exhibit is the expression of East Austin Cultura. It displays passion, pain, knowledge, sweat, decades of hard work, and our history. Arte Texas's mission is to create a forum to connect veteran artists with emerging talent and for artists, to give back to the community they are rooted in and draw inspiration from their works of art in their environment. Arte Texas is focused on preserving, restoring, and celebrating the murals of street art, public art painting from the heart and soul of East Austin, a historical community where our Indigenous people are rooted: Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano/a, Latino/a.

-Bertha Rendon DelgadoCurator / Founder Arte Texas

Participating Artists:

Mando "Tanner" Martinez
Raymond "Rage" Mendoza
Raul Valdez
Serena Tijerina
Tony Gonzales
Mark Gonzales
Ramiro Marcias
Eli Zapata 

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A fish-eye styled photo of the ESB-MACC Zocalo with rainbow streams hanging on the trees

Austin Museum Day  
Sunday, September 18th, 2022
12PM - 3PM

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month at the ESB Mexican American Cultural Center! (ESB-MACC). Visit our exhibit of local Chicano art in the Main Gallery (upstairs). In the Community Gallery (downstairs) you can learn about the Phase 2 expansion plan of our Cultural Center and participate in fun youth-oriented activities. You can imagine what your own artwork would look like in our future gallery, learn what architects do when designing a building expansion like ours, and give feedback on what kinds of programs you want to see in our future building!

For updates and other Austin Museum Day events visit austinmuseums.org

 

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Current Exhibits:

SAM Z. CORONADO GALLERY

Postcard for La Lucha Sigue Eastside Stories Group Exhibition

Eastside Stories: La Lucha Sigue 

Our La Lucha Sigue exhibit symbolizes the artwork that has a connection to the cultura, to our identity, and to our history. These native East Austin artists as well as our activist heroes have fought the lucha through battles in our community as well as honor our elder leaders who fought hard for equality, injustice, humanity, and most of all for a good quality of life. This lucha exhibit is the expression of East Austin Cultura. It displays passion, pain, knowledge, sweat, decades of hard work, and our history. Arte Texas's mission is to create a forum to connect veteran artists with emerging talent and for artists, to give back to the community they are rooted in and draw inspiration from their works of art in their environment. Arte Texas is focused on preserving, restoring, and celebrating the murals of street art, public art painting from the heart and soul of East Austin, a historical community where our Indigenous people are rooted: Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano/a, Latino/a.

 
- Bertha Rendon DelgadoCurator / Founder Arte Texas

Participating Artists:

Mando "Tanner" Martinez
Raymond "Rage" Mendoza
Raul Valdez
Serena Tijerina
Tony Gonzales
Mark Gonzales
Ramiro Marcias
Eli Zapata 

COMMUNITY GALLERY

MACC Phase 2

Phase 2 Exhibit

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) has entered Phase 2 of the 2018 Facility Expansion Plan (2018 Plan) approved by Austin City Council. Phase 2 includes expansion and renovation of the facility in addition to site improvements to meet the growing needs of the community. The completed project will support programs which foster meaningful understanding and appreciation of Mexican American, Native American, Chicano and other Latinx Cultures.

The purpose of this exhibit in the Community Gallery (and online in English and Spanish) is to inform the public about the Phase 2 of the ESB MACC. This page was produced by the ESB MACC staff in conjunction with a physical exhibit on-site in the ESB MACC Sam Z. Coronado Gallery, which will be open for public viewing for the month of March 2022. The exhibit and this webpage invite the ESB MACC community to gain an understanding of Phase 2 and contribute their programming feedback in an interactive format.

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Past Exhibits

Text reads Blas E Lopez in front of a painting by Lopez

Sendas De Mi Vida

By Blas E. Lopez San Antonio based artist's latest exhibit was on display at the ESB-MACC from July 2nd - August 27th, 2022. "I truly believe my calling in life was to be an artist, and cannot recall a time when I wanted to be anything else. Creating art is my life, my passion….I live to paint and I paint to live..." - Blas E. Lopez

Text reads Mery Godigna Collet

Entropy

By Mery Godigna Collet (Not Available Online) Venezuelan artist Mery Godigna Collet uses art as a tool to confront complex social issues, which she then synthesizes into concepts for the viewers. Her works of art utilize a multitude of diverse materials and she works in different media from installations, paintings, sculptures, photography, and video. She challenges her viewers by consistently modifying and utilizing new techniques and unconventional materials so one can confront the ways humans survive, cope, and deal violence or by inviting one to deeper contemplation and self-introspection.

Text reads Caminos Anniversary

Caminos 5th Year Anniversary

By The Caminos Teen Program (Not Available Online) 5 Years of Caminos was on display in the Community Gallery to celebrate five years/ five classes of Caminos students! Featuring past/current artwork by the teens! For more on this teen program including the current application, visit AustinTexas.gov/Caminos. You can view photos by Mari G. Hernandez of the exhibit by visiting our Facebook.

Text reads Joe Garcia

Art Comes To Life, A Retrospective

By Joe Garcia (Not Available Online) Joe Garcia III is a self taught artist, originally from Lubbock Texas. Always had art on the mind. Drawing was his passion for the first 40 years of life. An Austinite for the last 29 years working in the corporate world while continuing to produce his art. In 2003, he attended Austin community College for one semester of Drawing and design classes, he caught the art bug. Since 2003 Joe trained himself to paint in black and white acrylic followed by a leap of faith into color.

Text reads: MACC phase 2 with an image of the MACC building

Digital Exhibit: MACC Phase 2

On View March 17-March 30
Sam Z Coronado Gallery and Online

View the Digital Exhibit!

The purpose of this online exhibit is to inform the public about the Phase 2 of the ESB MACC. This page was produced by the ESB MACC staff in conjunction with a physical exhibit on-site in the ESB MACC Sam Z. Coronado Gallery, which will be open for public viewing for the month of March 2022. The exhibit and this webpage invite the ESB MACC community to gain an understanding of Phase 2 and contribute their programming feedback in an interactive format. 

Text reads: Manuel Miranda. Image: Close up of Miranda's painting, pink and blue brush strokes

ART OF THE BULL

Art of the Bull by Manuel Miranda 

Text reads: Figuralo 2021, photo of people looking at the gallery wall with student art work

FIGURALO

Figuralo Youth Art by Austin students

Text reads: Luis Guerra, photo of two of Guerra's paintings with someone looking at them on the gallery wall

AMULETOS

Amuletos by Luis Guerra was on display in the SZC Gallery from Sept 25- Nov 27, 2021. View the Amuletos Online Exhibit and this Smithsonian handout, Three Farmworker Projects & a Mural.

Text reads: Amado Castillo the third, photo is of a person standing in front of some of Amado's paintings

COLORES DE MI ALMA

Colores de mi Alma by Amado Castillo III (Austin, TX) was on display in the Community Gallery from June-August, 2021. View the Colores de Mi Alma online exhibit, as well as this student video project.

Text reads: MULTI, photo of Irene's artwork

MULTI

MULTI by Coka Treviño is a virtual exhibit curated by The Projecto's Coka Treviño which was featured in The ESB MACC's annual La Mujer celebration in Spring 2021. View the Virtual exhibition, MULTI!

Text reads: Ender Martos, photo of a Ender wearing an alien mask holding a red brick

21/ Veintiuno Ender Martos

21/ Veintiuno by Ender Martos is an online exhibit that premiered in Spring 2021. It is accompanied by a sculpture installation on-site at the MACC. View the exhibit online: 21/ Veintiuno.The  exhibit can be viewed on www.veintiuno.art, on the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

This virtual exhibit includes a physical compenent at the MACC. The sculpture,  "Graceful Celebration of Diversity is a 3D installation that Ender Martos produced for the prestigious TEMPO art program of the city of Austin. It is on display on the MACC grounds near the hike and bike trail.

Text reads: Diana Molina, photo is of women walking in a line along a river

XX Timeline at the Crossroads XX, Diana Molina

XX Timeline at the Crossroads XX by Diana Molina premiered Sept 16, 2020-November 25, 2020.

Diana Molina is an exhibiting artist and curator at the ESB Mexican American Cultural Center for Fall 2020. Her online exhibit XX Timeline at the Crossroads XX, which coincided with the release of her book, Icons and Symbols of the Borderland, can be viewed at any time on her Digital Exhibit and Programs Page and on the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Tours

 

Photo of someone viewing the Figuralo Youth Exhibit 2021 in the Sam Coronado Gallery

The ESB-MACC is open to the public for gallery visits during normal business hours. No reservation is needed for individuals, pairs, and small groups.

For questions about tours and school groups, email lori.navarrete@austintexas.gov.

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Caminos Murals

Photo of the La Mujer mosaic mural on display for guest

Mosaic Mural "La Mujer"

At the ESB-MACC’s annual La Mujer Festival on April 13, 2019, guests previewed the mosaic mural, titled “La Mujer”, which will become an outdoor art installation at the ESB-MACC. The mural honors Latinx women and serves as a powerful reminder of the transformational power of the Arts to bring youth and community together through creativity.

 

Caminos mural, caminantes posing with Dolores Huerta

Caminos Mural (2018)

Created by students in the Caminos program in 2018, this handpainted mural at the entrance of the ESB-MACC commemorates Latinx heroic actions demonstrates a vision of global connection and world peace. Activist Dolores Huerta poses at the mural in 2018. 

Caminos Program Coordinator: Frederico Geib
Mural Artist Mentor: Raul Valdez

 

Caminos legacy mural in the community gallery

Caminos Legacy Mural (2017)

The Caminos Legacy Mural was created by Adrian Muniz, Analiza Valdez, Arnold Cordova, Jamie Martinez, Jesus Perez, Jyali Barrera, Karina Peña, Litzy Valdez, Mianiche Calhoun, Paula Monzon, Paulina Pereira, and Sarah Ruiz as a community arts mentorship project led by muralist and arts educator J. Muzacz. The teenage students in the ESB-MACC Caminos program painted a mural that celebrates the vibrant community around the ESB-MACC while showcasing their creative passion and vision for the future of Austin seen from the perspective of Latinx youth. The actual mural is simply the tip of the iceberg as this project involved dozens of hours of community interviews, historic research, and outreach. The result is a vibrant blend of ideas and feelings from long time community members, filtered through the creative lenses and originality of the twelve Caminantes of the Caminos Teen Internship Program.

Caminos Program Coordinator: Frederico Geib
Artistic Mentor:  J. Muzacz

Sculptures

Caminos students posing in front of Ender Martos outdoor sculpture

“Graceful Celebration of Diversity” Powder Coated Steel & colored acrylic sheet. (2021)
Ender Martos 

"The spatial relationship between viewer and object draws from my transnational story. Migration is change and contrast, but it’s also connection and sameness. I draw from my experience in hyper-structured U.S. society and the rich, organic, and vibrant fragility of my home country. My dual immersion inspired the contrast and connection that make optical illusion possible in my work. The materials aim to test the boundaries of authorship, belonging, perspective, and the self as narrative. I created eight cylinders because of their significance in Feng Shui and Chinese ideology. This number represents luck, fortune, and prosperity- all foundational ideas that form the American dream sought by many immigrants in Texas and beyond." - Ender Martos 

 

Photo of Maya sculpture outside the MACC

"Maya" Limestone (2017)
Reynaldo Alaniz

Reynaldo Alaniz was commissioned by the City of Austin to create Maya, a hand-carved limestone sculpture of an abstract female figure.  The piece was commissioned by TEMPO, the Austin Art in Public Places temporary public art program. Maya was exhibited in Austin's Edward Rendon Sr. Park in November 2017 as part of the East Austin Studio Tour, and can now be viewed in the Zócalo of the ESB-MACC on a one-year loan from the artist.

The sculpture was inspired by a Mayan figure called a Chacmool, which is a type of stone statue that has been found at archaeological sites such as the Mayan pyramid of Chichén Itzá and several Aztec sites near Mexico City. The Chacmool is a reclining figure whose head is turned completely to the side, legs raised, with a flat area on the abdomen where sacrifices were placed. There is no definitive knowledge of where and when they originated but archaeologists have associated them with the Aztec rain deity Tlaloc due to markings found on some of the Chacmools.

Maya is a hand-carved limestone sculpture that invites the viewer to consider the history of Mexico's indigenous past. The placement of the sculpture in relation to the ESB-MACC building is reminiscent of the Chacmools placed outside Mesoamerican temples. Maya isn't an exact replica of a Chacmool, but is a modern adaptation that uses simplified lines and minimal detail to evoke the presence of the ancient figure while holding its own as a contemporary art piece.

 

the artists with his sculpture "Exoskeleton" outside the MACC

"Exoskeleton" Solar Hardware, Steel (2016)
Victor Pérez-Rul

Exoskeleton is a site-specific public sculpture for the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, designed by Mexican artist Victor Pérez-Rul whose artistic labor evolves around the empiric development of energy research through the multidisciplinary approach to science, technology, and art. Exoskeleton generates, stores and processes energy through its solar panels, specifically designed to produce an electromagnetic spectrum. Its relation to the environment shapes its behavior. Exoskeleton exists through a technological system in relation with the environment that enables stages of wakefulness and sleepiness, life and death, and the apparently motionless lifeless stage. "Renewable energy is key to its essence and purpose, to accomplish this collaboration with Solartec, a Mexican company specialized on solar energy. This project was accomplished thanks to the ESB-MACC, and to the donors involved: the University of Texas at Austin: Visual Arts Center, Victor Pérez-Rul and Solartec."

 

Music legends sculpture unveiling outside the MACC

"Tejano Music Legends" (2015)
Carmen Arismendi

This sculpture at the edge of the Zócalo pays tribute to local Latino musicians that were integral to Austin's music scene. The deep musical traditions and cultural contributions of the Perez and Ramos families are represented by the figures of brothers Ruben Perez & Ernest Perez, and brothers Alfonso Ramos & Ruben Ramos.  The Perez brothers are shown playing the saxophone and the Ramos brothers are engaged in song. The performers each led their own orchestra or band, and are joined by two curvilinear “stage structures” to symbolize the link between the two families. The vertical supports represent curtains on the side of the stage and a curving cut metal pattern based on a modified treble clef sits at the top and holds the names of these great families.

Indoor Features

Photo of Uprooted Dreams installation inside the education department at the MACC

"Uprooted Dreams" 2012
(Alebrijes)

"On permanent display in the Education Area upstairs at the ESB-MACC is Uprooted Dreams (2012), a site-specific sculptural installation that features over 19 individual, brightly colored woodcarvings, mounted in the public entrance of the Education Area. Artist Margarita Cabrera was selected to create an artwork which would engage the community in its production. "Uprooted Dreams is a work of art designed in the form of workshop production...nineteen members of Austin's immigrant community- guided by Master Artesanos, Ranulfo Sergio Ibañes and Lucia Luria Sosa, experts in the Mexican craft tradition of alebrije-created, carved and painted wooden sculptures. These pieces embodied artistic themes of uprootedness as they spoke to the transformation of people, land, and community. For the artist, artesanos, participants, and audience, the process and product of Uprooted Dreams provides an ongoing platform on which to build respect, equality, solidarity, and dignified ways of making art and creating community."   - Margarita Cabrera

 

Photo of an axolotl

Axolotl Aquarium
(Mexican Salamander)

The ESB-MACC houses an aqarium that is home to a very special species of salamander called the Ajplote. Their name is "Axolotl" in Nahuatl, which is an indigenous language of Central Mexico spoken by the Aztecs of Ancient Mexico and still spoken in Mexico today. Revered by the Aztecs, the axolotl is unusual among salamanders in that the adults retain large external gills and demonstrate a remarkable ability to regenerate lost body parts. The Axolotl once made its home in the interconnected lakes that filled the basin of Tenochtitlan, where Mexico City now stands. But over the centuries, lakes and canals have been polluted, endangering the animal in its natural habitat. Axolotls are now being reproduced in capitivity and then reintroduced to the wild. The ESB-MACC’ s Education Department maintains a collection of 5 Axolotls that reside in an aquarium in the Raul Salinas room to inspire and educate visitors of all ages. If you are visiting the ESB-MACC, make a request at the Front Desk  to view the adorable Axolotls!

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PARKING

Free parking is available to those attending our programs, galleries and special events. A temporary parking pass is available in the main office.

 

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