De moda

A photo of Selena Quintanilla, a Tejano musician

De moda: Fashion, Ceremony, and Symbols of Resilience

April 6, 2024
September 22, 2024

About the Exhibit

De moda showcases dynamic representations of contemporary fashion and traditional regalia of Chicano, Latino, and Indigenous communities. Featuring works from the Gilberto Cárdenas and Dolores Garcia collection, artists explore how clothing and style reflect cultural affirmation, historical reclamation, political protest, and ceremonial practice.

The themes in this exhibition explore the urban cool of the pachuco and their stylish legacies throughout Chicano art. Latino and Chicano portraits honor the Western wear of Northern Mexico, as with musical entertainers such as the late Tejano musician Selena Quintanilla. Mexican and Mexican American musicians blend regional Mexican styles with American pop while challenging and queering fashion. Artists document political protest and social unrest, turning uniforms, like the beret, into revolutionary symbols. The exhibit also displays photographs highlighting traditional costumes and regalia that empower previously enslaved Indigenous communities, such as New Mexico’s Genízaros, to continue their ancestral ceremonies. De moda features artist reflections on the impact of fashion and cultural regalia as an expression and role in social transformation.

This exhibition is part 1 of a 2-part thematic series. (Part 1 April 6- September 22, 2024, and Part 2 September 23, 2024-March 3, 2025)

Curated by Claudia Zapata, Associate Curator, Latino Art, Blanton Museum of Art.

Members get free admission.

Image Gallery

Margaret García, "De Colores [Of Colors]," 1994, Screenprint, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017.391
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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

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