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Common Currents is an exhibition celebrating San Antonio’s Tricentennial and a project unlike any other in scope, vision, and subject. Six of San Antonio's artist-centric nonprofits in the City’s urban core - Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Carver Community Cultural Center, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Mexican Cultural Institute San Antonio, and Southwest School of Art - have banded together to provide an inclusive, wide-reaching telling of San Antonio’s story entirely conceived by its citizens.

What is unique about this exhibition of contemporary 2D, 3D, new media, performance, and literary work is that the participants were not chosen, as they typically are for exhibitions, by the institutions. Instead, San Antonio artists were asked to identify the 300 peers who would create new work inspired by a specific year of SA history. The 300 artists were randomly assigned a year of San Antonio history, and each organization will present 50 years consecutively across our six venues. As a result, each organization will present 50 artists, many of whom have never had an opportunity to showcase their work at the venue, providing the greatest cross-pollination of creative community, discipline, and audience.

Exhibition Calendar:

  • Artpace San Antonio – Years 1718-1768 – January 18, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • Blue Star Contemporary – Years 1768-1817 – February 1, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • Southwest School of Art ­– Years 1818-1867 – February 15, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center – Years 1868-1917 – March 1, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • Caver Community Cultural Center – Years 1918-1967 – March 15, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • Mexican Cultural Institute San Antonio – Years 1968-2017 – March 29, 2018, 6-8 pm

Common Currents is an exhibition celebrating San Antonio’s Tricentennial and a project unlike any other in scope, vision, and subject. Six of San Antonio's artist-centric nonprofits in the City’s urban core - Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Carver Community Cultural Center, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Mexican Cultural Institute San Antonio, and Southwest School of Art - have banded together to provide an inclusive, wide-reaching telling of San Antonio’s story entirely conceived by its citizens.

What is unique about this exhibition of contemporary 2D, 3D, new media, performance, and literary work is that the participants were not chosen, as they typically are for exhibitions, by the institutions. Instead, San Antonio artists were asked to identify the 300 peers who would create new work inspired by a specific year of SA history. The 300 artists were randomly assigned a year of San Antonio history, and each organization will present 50 years consecutively across our six venues. As a result, each organization will present 50 artists, many of whom have never had an opportunity to showcase their work at the venue, providing the greatest cross-pollination of creative community, discipline, and audience.

Exhibition Calendar:

  • Artpace San Antonio – Years 1718-1768 – January 18, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • Blue Star Contemporary – Years 1768-1817 – February 1, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • Southwest School of Art ­– Years 1818-1867 – February 15, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center – Years 1868-1917 – March 1, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • Caver Community Cultural Center – Years 1918-1967 – March 15, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • Mexican Cultural Institute San Antonio – Years 1968-2017 – March 29, 2018, 6-8 pm

Common Currents is an exhibition celebrating San Antonio’s Tricentennial and a project unlike any other in scope, vision, and subject. Six of San Antonio's artist-centric nonprofits in the City’s urban core - Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Carver Community Cultural Center, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Mexican Cultural Institute San Antonio, and Southwest School of Art - have banded together to provide an inclusive, wide-reaching telling of San Antonio’s story entirely conceived by its citizens.

What is unique about this exhibition of contemporary 2D, 3D, new media, performance, and literary work is that the participants were not chosen, as they typically are for exhibitions, by the institutions. Instead, San Antonio artists were asked to identify the 300 peers who would create new work inspired by a specific year of SA history. The 300 artists were randomly assigned a year of San Antonio history, and each organization will present 50 years consecutively across our six venues. As a result, each organization will present 50 artists, many of whom have never had an opportunity to showcase their work at the venue, providing the greatest cross-pollination of creative community, discipline, and audience.

Exhibition Calendar:

  • Artpace San Antonio – Years 1718-1768 – January 18, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • Blue Star Contemporary – Years 1768-1817 – February 1, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • Southwest School of Art ­– Years 1818-1867 – February 15, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center – Years 1868-1917 – March 1, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • Caver Community Cultural Center – Years 1918-1967 – March 15, 2018, 6-8 pm
  • Mexican Cultural Institute San Antonio – Years 1968-2017 – March 29, 2018, 6-8 pm

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WHERE

Mexican Cultural Institute
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way
San Antonio, TX 78205
https://www.commoncurrents.org/

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