For the launch of the 2018 season, Mexic-Arte Museum is featuring six Changarrito residencies during the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. On Sunday, March 11, Puro Chingón Collective will be on hand from 12-3pm. Stop by and meet the artists who will be featured in front of the Museum on 5th St. and Congress Ave.
About Puro Chingón Collective:
Puro Chingón Collective is a Latinx art trifecta specializing in happenings, the activation of nontraditional spaces, designer toys, and art zines. Collective members are three Austin, Latinx artists: Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi, James Huizar, and Claudia Zapata. In 2012, the Collective formed after their initial creation of ChingoZine, a Latinx arts publication. ChingoZine is part of the Barnard Zine Library Collection, Pratt Institute Libraries, and Texas A&M University Zine Collection among several other libraries and research centers.
In 2013, the Collective initiated The Puro Chingón Social Club, a monthly Latinx–themed cinema program presented at the North Door in Austin, Texas. For previous programs, the Puro Chingón Collective conducted interactive film viewings of movies such as Mi Vida Loca, Y Tú Mama Tambien, and Selena. Audience members received props that coincided with key scenes in the film, allowing viewers to augment their experience in a whimsical fashion reminiscent of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
In 2014, the Collective designed the Pachanga Latino Music Festival and debuted their designer toy line, Chingolandia. Their designer toys are currently part of the permanent collection of the Mexic-Arte Museum. The Collective has worked with Birds Barbershop, Fusebox Festival, Trans-Pecos Festival, Creative Action, and Juiceland. The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection currently houses their official archives.
Changarrito is a pop-up art cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to official gallery selections in Mexico. Faithful to their original, informal spirit, Changarritos exist throughout the world, evolving as forums for the sale of original artwork to the general public, presentation of public programs, special curatorial projects, individual and collective exhibitions. Mexic-Arte Museum has hosted the Changarrito Artist Residency program since 2012 and has featured over 50 artists.