July 11- October 11, 2014
Curated by Patty Ortiz
Opening Reception: Friday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.
In a time of globalization, transcultural movement and the leveling of world commerce, economists believe that today the earth could be perceived as becoming flat. They have used this metaphor to describe the world economy. This condition can also be utilized in describing transcultural movement. With the ease of cross migration, cultures are continuing to collide at a more rapid rate. The globalization of culture, ideas and artistic practice is creating a new balance, interface and flat playing field. Artists further the notion of “flatness” by the appropriation of popular imagery from their own and other cultures. The exponential growth of digital communication has accelerated this process. The universal presence of the actual flat screen monitor has brought about a flat screen mentality. Yet artists are able to juggle their ethnicity, cultural experience and global views to create works that are multilayered and distinct. The presenting artists of FLATLAND are at the intersection of cultural form, process and meaning in this emerging flat world.
Leigh Anne Lester
October 4, 2014, 4 p.m.: Panel Discussion: Is the Art World Flat?
Our special guests Carlos Aires (artist), Andrea Torreblanca (Associate Curator at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City), Rocío Aranda-Alvarado (Curator at the Museo del Barrio in New York), Devon Dikeou (artist, editor/publisher of zingmagazine, and Contemporary Art collector) and Tey Marianna Nunn (Chief Curator of the Art Museum and Visual Arts Program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M.) consider the new flat playing field of the art world and the globalization of culture.
September 20, 2014, 6 – 7:20 p.m.: Around the world in 80 minutes
Take a look at your evening meal and what do you see? It might represent food from a culture other than your own or something you consider a ‘common’ food but has its origins from another part of the world.
Come taste our San Antonio cultures! Bring a plate to share that has a special cultural memory to you, or just come—eat and share in all the stories of our community from around the world.
How does it work:
If you would like to bring a plate to share, please call 210.271.3151 ext. 214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Prepare your meal for 10 -12 people and tell the story of why it is significant to you or your culture.
Otherwise, join us and delve into the stories and enjoy the food!