Queers Presente
Exhibit Opening Reception
Saturday, June 9, 2012 @ 7-9pm
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center continues its year-long
25th anniversary celebration with ¡Queers, Presente!
an exhibition of both new and historic work by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer artists whose works have been part of Esperanza’s roster of social justice art exhibits dating back to 1988.
  Exhibit runs through August 18, 2012
922 San Pedro • 210.228.0201 • esperanza@esperanzacenter.org
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 10am-7pm, call for weekend availability
 
A few of the historic exhibits at Esperanza Peace & Justice Center

1988   Mujeres y Artistas

1989   Equal Rights for Whom

1990
   ….And Justice for All

1991   Freedom of Choice

1992
   Exorcising Demons

1993   Closets: Queer Experiences

1994
   Who We Art

1995   Exhibición de Libre Enganche

1995
   Re/Defining Lesbians: Power/Transition

1996   Engendros

1997
   hope works/ trabajos de
esperanza


1997   Exhibición de Libre Enganche

2004
   W.A.R.R.R.

2007   ¡Qué Queer! San Antonio

2009
   El Mundo Zurdo

2011   Maiz: En el umbral de la
agonia – in the throes of death


   
¡Queers, Presente! Artists
:


Ted Abercrombie • Laura Aguilar •

Bernice Appelin-Williams • Philip Ávila •

Sabra Booth • Rolando Briseño •

Hazel M. Browning • David Zamora Casas •

Jose Chapa • Agosto Cuellar •

Ana Fernandez • Anel Flores •

Marsha Gómez • Ester Hernández •

Lisa Mellinger • Franco Mondini-Ruiz •

Peter Ortiz • Antonia Padilla •

Kristy Pérez • Martha Prentiss •

Elizabeth Puente • Chuck Ramírez •

Angel Rodríguez-Díaz • Rosalynn Warren •

Liliana Wilson

queerated by Penelope Boyer


PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“¡Queers, Presente! 25 años ~ 25 artists”
The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center located at 922 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX continues its yearlong 25th anniversary celebration with an exhibition by LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer] artists entitled “¡Queers, Presente! 25 años ~ 25 artists” from June 9 through August 18, 2012. An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 9th from 7-9 pm on the same weekend that the Americans for the Arts convention is being held in San Antonio. The exhibit will be open to all.

“¡Queers, Presente! 25 años ~ 25 artists” showcases the work of lesbian, gay and transgender artists who have exhibited work at the Esperanza during its historic roster of social justice art shows that date back to 1988 and included a series of lesbian and gay exhibits celebrating Gay Pride in the late 80s and into the 90s. These highly visible, pro-active art shows exhibited at the original Center at 1305 N. Flores Street eventually led to the eviction of the Esperanza in 1993, the day after the 5th Annual Lesbian & Gay Arts Show, “Closets: Queer Experiences,” opened to considerable content-based controversy. A few years later the controversy culminated in the defunding of the Esperanza’s cultural arts programming by the San Antonio City Council in 1997. In 2001, funding for Esperanza’s cultural arts programming was restored after the Esperanza Center won an historic lawsuit against the City of San Antonio.

To eliminate the possibility of future evictions, the Esperanza purchased the 922 San Pedro Ave. building in 1994 tripling the exhibition space. As a result, over 800 people attended the 6th Annual Lesbian & Gay Art Exhibit, “Who We Art”, the last in the series of lesbian gay art exhibits. Since then, queer artists have continued to be present at the Esperanza in such diverse exhibits as The W.A.R.R.! Show and the ¡Qué Queer! San Antonio Exhibit.

“¡Queers, Presente! 25 años ~ 25 artists” queerated by Penelope Boyer, will be an exhibition of both new and historic work by queer artists with long and short histories with the Esperanza Center. Among the 25 artists exhibiting are Laura Aguilar (Los Angeles, CA), Bernice Appelin-Williams, Sabra Booth, Rolando Briseño, David Zamora Casas, Jose Chapa, Agosto Bianco Cuellar, Ana Fernández, Ester Hernández (San Francisco, CA), Lisa Mellinger (Tacoma, WA), Angel Rodriguez-Diaz, Franco Mondini Ruiz, Antonia Padilla, Kristy Pérez, Martha Prentiss, Liliana Wilson (Austin, TX). “¡Queers, Presente! 25 años ~ 25 artists” will be on exhibit from June 9th through August 18, 2012 at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 7 pm. For viewing outside those hours please contact the Esperanza at 210.228.0201.
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The people of Esperanza dream of a world where everyone has civil rights and economic justice, where the environment is cared for, where cultures are honored and communities are safe. The Esperanza advocates for those wounded by domination and inequality — women, people of color, queer people, the working class and poor. We believe in creating bridges between people by exchanging ideas and educating and empowering each other. We believe it is vital to share our visions of hope… we are esperanza.

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