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AQUI ESTAMOS Latino culture flits on and off the general public’s radar screen, but in Texas, it’s a constant, with a highly visible arts scene. This month there are a few noteworthy events that you won’t want to miss.
July 15—September 21: San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum opens “Fantastic Zoology: The Watercolors of Francisco Toledo,’ an exhibit that features 43 of the Mexico artist’s watercolor interpretations of Jorge Luis Borges’ Handbook of Fantastic Zoology, in which Borges lists imaginary animals along with in-depth descriptions of each. Toledo, it has been noted, has taken liberties with Borges’ specifications—as one would with the Rukh or the Monkey of the Inkpot.
July 17—19: The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio host Latina Letters: A Conference on Latina Literature and Identity, where artists including Cristina García, Tish Hinojosa, Alicia Kozameh, Lourdes Pérez, Cecile Pineda, Dolores Prida, and Carla Trujillo will be on hand to either read from their works or lead panel discussions on topics such as women’s bodies and stereotyping.
July 25—August 30: The Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin presents “Splitting Aguas: The Eighth Annual Young Latino Artists Exhibition,” a display of experimental work created by George Lopez, Maurice and Liz Treviño, and other artists under thirty.
(See Austin: Museums/Galleries, and San Antonio: Theater, Museums/Galleries and Other Events.)