The Dallas arts and culture scene continues to expand with the official debut of the Latino Arts Project this past Cinco de Mayo. The museum founded by Jorge Baldor (also owner of Mercado 369 in Oak Cliff), focuses on Latino arts and culture while also placing a large emphasis on the local community.
Latino Arts Project's first and current exhibit, "Mexican Modern Sculpture: A Study of the Artists," spotlights nine lesser-known Mexican artists through more than 90 sculptures and illustrates the aesthetics movement in Mexico, known as Escuela Mexicana de Escultura, or Mexican School of Sculpture, throughout five of the country's regions – Guanajuato, Jalisco, Nuevo Leon, Puebla and Mexico City.
The intimate gallery space showcases artists like Manuel Centurion, Juan Leonardo Cordero, Carmen Carrillo de Antunez, among others filling the room, giving some insight and historical context into the Post-Revolution era in Mexico from 1920 – 1950s. Visitors will get a glimpse into the artists' views on issues of that time, such as family, specifically the importance and value of a mother or mother-figure, education, history and European avantgarde movements, like Art Deco.
Aside from the pop-up exhibitions, the museum also created Art Voices, an ongoing lecture series that aims to give artists a platform to connect with the community. The museum also offers bilingual guided student tours and plans to have additional educational and community programs throughout the year.
The current exhibition also includes a hand-carved portrait of President John F. Kennedy and short video of the President and First Lady's visit to Mexico City in 1962. "Mexican Modern Sculpture: A Study of the Artists," is on view now through Sept. 22.
Museum admission is $12 per person, $6 for students and military, and free for children 14 and under.
- Tuesday – Friday | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday |11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Third Thursday of every month | Open until 7 p.m.