You’re invited to Mexic-Arte Museum’s first-ever Changarreando Instagram Live event with Artist Michael Vasquez on Thursday, January 28th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm CST taking place virtually through the museum’s Instagram account @mexic_arte! Amber Amezquita, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Registrar Associate, will facilitate the virtual event with a series of questions directed at the artist and a Q&A taking place during the last 20 minutes of the event. Don’t miss out on this free virtual event!
About the Artist
Michael Vasquez is a Digital Illustrator from Fresno, California. He is inspired by Mesoamerican indigenous cultures and mythology and he uses patterns and colors to create modern illustrations using traditional sculptures and drawings as the base.
“Culture and education are the most important aspects to me in my art-making. To bring alive these culturally historic ideas and educate people about them is why I do what I do.”
Changarrito is an art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selection presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. The word “changarreando”, is a verb form that comes from the noun “changarro,” slang originating in Mexico City for “a small retail store.” The suffix “-ando” adds significant meaning to the word but can be summarized here as indicating the act or action of hanging out at a “changarro” with the featured artist.
Faithful to their original, informal spirit, Changarritos exist throughout the world, evolving as forums for the sale of original artwork to the general public, presentation of public programs, special curatorial projects, individual and collective exhibitions. Changarreando takes this a step further to connect with people through social media, generate interaction with art, and embrace the digital era with our existing programs!
True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito and Changarreando are dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art. Normally, artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). Changarreando expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram and receive 100% of the sale. For each Changarrito/Changarreando artist, the Museum acquires a work of art for its permanent collection.