Michael Agresta

Michael Agresta, an Austin resident, has written for Slate, the Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal.
 

The Fantastic World of Cande Aguilar

by | Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 9:40 am CST
Tanqukulkan en su Viaje al Paso del Norte, mixed media, 2019
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A Joyful El Paso Art Exhibit Imagines a World Ruled by Latinx People

From a cosmic piñata to “Aztechnonauts,” sculptor Angel Cabrales envisions an alternate history defined by Latinx creativity.

Recently, visual art from the Texas-Mexico border has evoked the region’s troubling history. El Paso artist Angel Cabrales has made important contributions to this story. But Cabrales’ new show of sculptures and resin wall hangings, The UnColonized: A Vision in … Read More

“Sin la S / Without the S,” an installation by Jose Villalobos at the Mexic-Arte Musem in Austin.
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The Clothes that Make the Man

Jose Villalobos’ art redresses the macho traditions of norteño culture.

Jose Villalobos’ art redresses the macho traditions of norteño culture. – by Michael Agresta June 24, 2019 On a June evening in 2018, artist Jose Villalobos stood quietly in an exhibit hall at the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez, … Read More

The river walk in San Antonio.
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Snakes and Ladders

In San Antonio, two artists explore hidden geometries of the city.

Living in a city can deaden our instinct for noticing environment. Caught up in our day-to-day lives, we walk — or, especially in Texas, drive — through our cities without giving much consideration to either the superstructures of urban design … Read More

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At Home in the World

Houston artist Prince Varughese Thomas blurs boundaries of politics, medium and identity.

At Home in the World Houston artist Prince Varughese Thomas blurs boundaries of politics, medium and identity. – by Michael Agresta April 8, 2019 As a young kid growing up between Texas and India, Prince Varughese Thomas was at first … Read More

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Ancestors in a Strange New Land

In Houston, an exhibit of vibrant, playful Egúngún costumes speaks to Nigerian tradition and migration.

Visitors to “Ara Oru Kinkin (Masquerades Mythology),” the current show by the artist Akirash at Lawndale Center for the Arts in Houston, will find themselves confronted by a wealth of visual information and very little in the way of curatorial … Read More

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A San Antonio Art Show Quietly Foregrounds Migrants’ Stories

More people are displaced than ever before — nearly 69 million. The scale of that crisis is hard to grasp, but visitors to One to Another will see it in a new light.

Ours is an era of mass displacement. At no other point in history have so many people around the world been forced to leave home. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) now counts 68.5 million forcibly displaced people … Read More

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100 Ways to Draw a Line

The edge becomes the center at the Transborder Biennial 2018 in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.

100 Ways to Draw a Line The edge becomes the center at the Transborder Biennial 2018 in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. Nearly 80,000 people cross the border in the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez metro region every day, for reasons ranging … Read More

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Cody Wilson, Austin’s Edgelord Prince

A new documentary and a 2016 memoir by the 3-D-printed-gun designer reveal a vision of Austin as a paranoid libertarian mecca.

A new documentary and a 2016 memoir by the 3D-printed-gun designer reveal a vision of Austin as a paranoid libertarian mecca. – by Michael Agresta @magresta March 12, 2018 In 2013, 25-year-old University of Texas law student Cody Wilson traveled … Read More

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