Estamos Aquí (We Are Here)

Fully Booked

Estamos Aquí (We Are Here) features contemporary serigraphs by 40 artists who took an opportunity to learn a specialized silkscreen print technique from a collaborative Austin-based residency. Many of the artists are speaking from the Latino/Chicano perspective, and the resulting portfolio of prints expresses their celebrations, sorrows, challenges, popular culture, and personal experiences.

Featuring vivid colors and sometimes startling imagery, the works in Estamos Aquí (We Are Here) encourage audiences to ask questions about the nature of cross-cultural exchange and discover how artists find their voices through personal stories and experiences that become part of the artistic process.

A complex assemblage of ethnicity, cultural heritage, and languages represents the American story, our story; connected by many strands that speak to universal themes. The subject matter in Estamos Aquí (We Are Here) is as diverse as its creators, and it celebrates ideas like identity and sense of place. Alec Dempster’s work, Maiz Moderno, is a statement on the cultural understanding that can come from the sharing of food. Artist Sandra Fernandez encapsulates the spirit of being a Latina mother and daughter within the context of society and the “new codes” she has learned by living in the U.S.

The visual language drawn from varied traditions—including family and religious symbols, political motifs, the Mexican Luche Libre matches, neighborhood (barrio) themes, and Mexican graphic traditions—enlivens the aesthetic dialogue of the exhibition, which will be accompanied by fully bilingual gallery text and artist statements. The themes in Estamos Aquí (We Are Here) offer broad programming potential for local communities, including related musical and performing arts events, family oral history and storytelling, and collaborative programming with area churches, civic groups, ethnic clubs, and libraries.

Selected from a larger portfolio housed at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the works featured in Estamos Aquí (We Are Here) originate from The Serie Project. Since 1993, Chicano painter and printmaker Sam Coronado of Coronado Studios has lent the use of his workspace and equipment for an artist-in-residence program where underrepresented artists learn serigraphy. The residency represents artists from differing ethnic and professional backgrounds, but is known for fostering contemporary printmaking within the Mexican-American and Latino community.

Exhibition curator Brad Cushman is the curator and gallery director at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. As a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cushman has lived and worked in Little Rock, AR, since 2000 as an educator, studio artist, and curator. Cushman curated El Grito: The Cry for Independence (2010) – featuring work addressing issues of borders and boundaries and the Mexican American experience. He is the voice of the radio program Picture This, audio essays on art and architecture, and hosts the television show Inside Art on UALR University Television.

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Availability

Estamos Aquí is touring June 2013 through May 2017. The dates below reflect seven-week exhibition periods. Dates are subject to change; please contact MoreArt@maaa.org or (800) 473-3872 x208/209 for current availability.

  • June 16–August 11, 2013 Greenbelt Cultural Center
    North Chicago, IL
    booked
  • September 1, 2013–January 7, 2014 El Museo Latino
    Omaha, NE
    booked
  • January 31–March 16, 2014 Museum of the Southwest
    Midland, TX
    booked
  • April 6–May 25, 2014 Kenosha Public Museums
    Kenosha, WI
    booked
  • June 16–August 11, 2014 Shafer Memorial Gallery
    Great Bend, KS
    booked
  • September 1–October 20, 2014 Kansas City Public Library
    Kansas City, MO
    booked
  • November 10, 2014–January 7, 2015 Arkadelphia Arts Center
    Arkadelphia, AR
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2015 Wayland Baptist University
    Plainview, TX
    booked
  • May 8–May 29, 2015 Mid-America Arts Alliance
    Kansas City, MO
    booked
  • September 1–October 20, 2015 John E. Conner Museum
    Kingsville, TX
    booked
  • November 10, 2015–January 7, 2016 Hudson County Community College
    Jersey City, NJ
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2016 Oklahoma City Community College
    Oklahoma City, OK
    booked
  • July 8–August 13, 2016 Mulvane Art Museum/Tonantzin Society
    Topeka, KS
    booked
  • September 1–October 23, 2016 Southeast Missouri State University
    Cape Girardeau, MO
    booked
  • November 20, 2016–January 8, 2017 Washington State Historical Society
    Tacoma, WA
    booked
  • January 28–March 16, 2017 Midland County Public Libraries
    Midland, TX
    pending
  • April 6–May 25, 2017 Regional Arts Commission
    St. Louis, MO
    booked

Exhibition Details

40 framed serigraph prints

  • Content

    Fee Includes
    Press Kit
    Registrar’s Packet
    Programming Guide
    Gallery Guide
    Text Panels
    Narrative Labels
    Full Insurance
    Installation Instructions
    Custom-Designed and Built Crates

  • Curated By

    Brad Cushman, Curator and Gallery Director, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

  • Organized By

    University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR and ExhibitsUSA, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO

  • Out-of-Region Rental Fee

    $4,700

  • In-Region Rental Fee

    $2,350

  • Duration

    7-week display

  • Shipping

    Van Line

  • Running Feet

    200

  • Square Feet

    -

  • Security

    Moderate B

  • Number of Crates/Total Weight

    5 crates/900 pounds

  • Insurance

    The exhibition is fully insured by ExhibitsUSA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.