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Historical Present Exhibition and Talk

Thursday January 30, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM • ISESE Gallery, JES A230

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Opening reception and gallery talk by artists Juan Capistran and Ricky Yanas, who will discuss the iconic and archival images of protest in their exhibition Historical Present. Presented by the ISESE Gallery in the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.

Historical Present surveys photographs and mixed media works by Capistran and Yanas. Capistran’s photographs include painted tools of political dissent common during the civil rights and liberation movements of the 1950s to 1970s. Drawing from the archives of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and the Austin History Center, Yanas’ photographs depict flyers, newsletters and other ephemera made by activists from across the nation and especially those from the Austin community. Both artists have a particular interest in the rise of the stripped down, structured style of minimalism, especially against the tumultuous context of civil rights histories. 

Juan Capistran is a Los Angeles-based artist whose works were featured in Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, the pioneering exhibition of Mexican American contemporary art that debuted at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2007. He has exhibited at the 12th Istanbul Biennial in Turkey, the New Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and the 2nd Triennial Poli-Grafica in San Juan, Puerto Rico among others. His photographs and mixed media works will also be featured in What We Want, What We Believe: Toward a Higher Fidelity, a solo exhibition at UT Austin’s Visual Arts Center opening at 6 p.m. on Jan. 31.

Ricky Yanas is an Austin-based artist and photography lecturer at Texas State University, San Marcos. Since graduating from the MFA program in photography at UT Austin in 2011, Yanas’ work has been featured in exhibitions at Mexic-Arte Museum and Up Collective in Austin. In 2012, he was a co-recipient of the prestigious Idea Fund Grant and a guest editor and featured artist in Pastelegram, an Austin-based print and online art magazine. Historical Present is curated by Rose G. Salseda, Ph.D. candidate in Art History at UT Austin. She will lead a talk with Capistran and Yanas at the opening of the exhibition.

The Historical Present exhibition will be on display until May 13. Gallery hours vary. For more information or to schedule an appointment call (512) 471-1784.