Engraving, woodcutting, screen and digital printing… There are many ways to execute printmaking. Explore how San Antonians adopt the medium as their own at 100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio: Michael Menchaca. The final installment of the Tricentennial exhibition series smartly illustrates the seemingly endless possibilities and myriad subgenres of the medium and now turns it focus to Michael Menchaca. Check it out this Sunday, November 25th at 12:00 p.m.
Having recently highlighted the quiet, poetic work of old-school master Kent Rush, the printmaking series wraps up on a decidedly noisy, new-school note with Michael Menchaca. Menchaca — who is one half of the Dos Mestizx duo responsible for the sprawling airport mural ¡Adelante San Antonio! — has enjoyed a steady rise on the local art scene via exhibitions at Artpace, Ruiz-Healy Art and Presa House Gallery, to name a few.
Exemplifying an overused phrase, there’s a lot going on in Menchaca’s prints and animations — cats don mustaches and sombreros, Prince performs at the Battle of Flowers Parade, Trump and Clinton appear frozen in a state of shrieking rage, and Mesoamerican worshippers sacrifice themselves to a rat god known as El Diedad de Queso.
A dizzying collision of symbols culled from Aztec codices, Menchaca’s oeuvre is rendered playfully with splashy, cartoony elements and nods to video games but closer inspection often reveals pervasive borderland issues. For his McNay showcase, the Rhode Island School of Design grad has transformed the museum’s Lawson Print Gallery into “an immersive environment of prints, paper installations and video.”
Menchaca’s work is sure to leave an impression on established critics and artistic amateurs. Don’t miss this exhibit! Admission to 100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio: Michael Menchaca ranges from 15 to 20 dollars.
At Oxford at Estonia Apartments in San Antonio, Texas, we pride ourselves on informing our residents about all the upcoming events our beautiful community has to offer. Don’t hesitate to join this event on Sunday!
Sunday, November 25, 2018—12:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78209