Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present the 47th annual Segundo de Febrero exhibition, titled El Segundo de Febrero: Seguimos.
Centro Cultural Aztlan has produced and presented the annual Segundo de Febrero exhibit since 1977 in an effort to preserve Mexican American history and culture. This exhibit commemorates the 176th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the ending of the U.S. Mexican war, and the redistribution of a border—creating a new bicultural citizenry with a new consciousness of Mexican American dual identity, history, culture, and traditions.
In Texas, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo moved the U.S.-Mexico border down to el Río Bravo and, as a result, Mexico lost a great part of its territory to the United States. This year’s exhibit—Seguimos—is a tribute to those who chose to stay on their land and become U.S. citizens, and to Mexican immigrants who have arrived since then and had a cultural impact on the U.S. Seguimos is a living testament to the resilience and creativity born from cultural diaspora. The exhibit explores themes of migration, adaptation, coexistence, and the duality of Mexican-American identity as a culture in constant evolution. This exhibit is also a reminder that, despite the challenges our people face, we persist and amplify our voices through artistic expression. Our roots continue to nurture the land we now share. The work of each artist shares experiences with the effort to inspire the fight for justice and equality. These works shine as beacons, guiding us toward a future where, together, we continue to write the story of our Mexican-American identity.
Join us at the opening reception on Friday, February 2, 2024 from 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments and live music by One Death.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Thursday, February 29, 2024 Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm.
Participating artists include:
Lead artist: Mauro Murillo
Featured artists: Maria J. Brown, Mauro de la Tierra, Ashleigh Garza, Hector Garza, Albert Gonzales, Vikky Jones, Haley Marmolejo, Mauro Murillo, Nomore, Abel Ortiz, Octavio Quintanilla, Joao Quiroz, Ángeles Salinas, Raul Servin, Ursula Zavala, and Ricardo Zamora.
Mauro Murillo was born in Coahuila, Mexico and moved to San Antonio, TX in 1995. During high school, he enjoyed the SaySí art program where he explored creating art in different mediums including graphite, charcoal, aluminum, paper maché, papel picado, and more. He graduated with an Associates degree in Communication Design at San Antonio College in 2020. Murillo had his first solo show, Personajes Mexicanos, in 2021 at Bear & Ink Gallery at the Upstairs Studios at Blue Star in San Antonio, TX. His work has been exhibited at UNAM, San Antonio TX, Centro Cultural Aztlan, San Antonio TX, Mexican Cultural Institute, San Antonio TX, Instituto de Cultura Hispanica, Corpus Christi TX, and TBH Center in Houston, TX.
His work is featured on the cover this week.
For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-Th. 10am to 4pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.