EVENT ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17:
The Texas Folklife will honor the life and work of artist Luis Jiménez with a panel discussion featuring three experts on his career: Houston gallery owner Betty Moody, Art in America writer Charles Dee Mitchell and University of Texas at Arlington professor and gallery director Benito Huerta. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the CRL.
I knew Austin couldn’t forget one of its shining stars. But still, between the Dia de Los Muertos memorial at Mexic-Arte and this panel discussion, it feels like Austin doesn’t really care. The man graduated from UT and thanks to Dave Hickey, was among the Texas Funk artists gaining momentum from Austin. Luckily, I am not very familiar with family deaths but his passing should have instigated more pride in this city’s contributions to the artworld.
I’ve done my research on him and will attend for even more insight. For anyone of hispanic descent (or Texan for that matter), go find out how he balanced his personal identity with the needs of the artworld. For anyone interested in public artworks, go find out how he struggled with bureacracy and fought to display his work. I’m sure if you ask nicely, Flatbed will be able to show you some of his prints (Mr. Jimenez frequented the printmaking).
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.