The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation of Mexican American cultural arts and heritage by promoting and allowing the community to learn about Latino culture through programs presented at the center.
Two exhibits just opened at the center, both of which represent the daily life of Latinos. In the main gallery, visitors can see Colombian photojournalist Carlos H. Lozano’s Fingerprints of Reality exhibit. His photos show the daily life of immigrants who work in rural and urban areas and who rely on the support of their families to build a strong future. Not only does the gallery include snapshots of the experiences immigrants face in this country, but it also focus on the details around the city, particularly the graffiti that paints the city.
While the first exhibit depicts the everyday life, the second exhibit in the community gallery, Barrio Scenes, showcases Roy Medrano’s paintings that preserve city landscapes and landmarks from the past. Raised in East Austin, Medrano began painting with the purpose of helping the current generation see the changes that have occurred throughout the city and appreciate the struggles Latinos have gone through.
Both exhibits will run through March 24 at the Mexican American Cultural Center located at 600 River St.