Art with an Expert: Al Rendón discusses photography & the legacy of Selena Quintanilla's portraits

2024sat08jun5:00 pmArt with an Expert: Al Rendón discusses photography & the legacy of Selena Quintanilla's portraitsTake a deep dive into art, art histories, and more with these hour-long talks presented by distinguished art professionals.

Event Details

WHEN/WHERE: 5 p.m. Capitol Room, Smith Building, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78712

Hear photographer Al Rendón and Claudia Zapata, Associate Curator of Latino Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, discuss his expansive career working with Tejano musicians across South Texas, including Selena Quintanilla. Rendón will discuss the background of his canonical image Selena Entre A Mi Mundo (1992), and the lasting impact his Quintanilla portraits have had on American history.

View work by Rendón in Latino art gallery feature De moda: Fashion, Ceremony, and Symbols of Resilience.

This event is part of our Second Saturday scheduled programming.

Admission on Second Saturdays: $20 (Ages 6-17: $10; 5 & under: Free)
Blanton Members: Always FREE Not yet a member? Join today!
(Other discounts such as UT ID Holder, Military, K-12 Teacher, Senior do not apply)


Al Rendón is a fine art and commercial photographer based in San Antonio, Texas. His lens-based career has spanned fifty years. Beginning as a live music photographer, he captured touring rock, conjunto, and Tejano musicians across South Texas. His collaborative work with recording artist Selena Quintanilla has been a definable moment in his expansive career, with his photography as the cover of her 1992 album Entre a Mi Mundo. The portraits of the fallen musician and other prominent Texas icons are in the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American History collections. His scenes of San Antonio’s Mexican culture featuring charreadas (Mexican rodeos), religious pageantry, and artists act as a continued homage to his hometown and the memorable vernacular scenes of the region. In 2023, the Witte Museum in San Antonio hosted a retrospective exhibition and commemorative book, Mi Cultura—Bringing Shadows Into the Light.

Go to our Before You Visit page for more details and information when planning your visit. Visit our FAQs section to help plan your Second Saturday at the Blanton. A limited number of lockers are available to use in our Check-In Building (first come, first served). If you have specific accommodation needs, please email us at accessibility@blantonmuseum.org Please note, the Blanton café is closed until further notice.

PARKING / TRANSPORT: Parking is available in the Brazos Garage. Normal rates can be paid directly at the garage. (Blanton Members get a $4 discounted rate at Check-In, valid all day). Ride-shares can drop off in the new Museum Drop-Off on the east side of the museum. Bicycle racks are available on the south side of Jester Center and on the west side of the museum’s Smith Administration Building. Public transit is encouraged; Cap Metro bus routes 1, 3, 7, 10, 18, 19, 20, 801, and 803 have stops within walking distance. 

Support for Second Saturdays at the Blanton is generously provided by H-E-B. Media Sponsor: The Austin Chronicle.

Feature Image Credit: Al Rendón, Selena Entre A Mi Mundo [Selena Enter My World], 1992, printed 2014, Archival pigment ink print, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas and Dolores Garcia, PA2023.CA.657


June 8, 2024 5:00 pm(GMT-05:00)

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