Martin Museum of Art to Feature Selections from the Joe A. Diaz Collection including work by Luis Jiménez

September 15, 2015
The Martin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of selections from the Joe A. Diaz Art Collection from October 6 through November 15. For over 30 years, San Antonio art collector, Joe Diaz, has been collecting contemporary Latino art focusing on emerging and mid-career artists. The selections from the collection include work by Gaspar Enriquez, Cesar Martinez, and Gloria Perez. The exhibition features a gallery of work by the renowned artist, Luis Jiménez (1940-2006), known for his colorful fiberglass sculptures and lithographs.

Luis Jiménez was born in 1940 and grew up in El Paso, Texas. His father was a glassblower in Mexico and owned an electric sign shop in El Paso where Luis worked as a teenager. He went on to attend The University of Texas at Austin and graduated in 1964 with a BS in Fine Arts. After graduating, he spent time in Mexico City and New York City. He is known best for his fiberglass sculptures with glossy, neon colors, and colorful lithographs. Jiménez was strongly influenced by native and Latino cultures. His work is narrative in nature and offers social commentary exploring characters and stereotypes of the historical and modern American West. Frequently his artwork stirred both vocal opposition and support, but as Jiménez stated, “the purpose of public art is to create a ‘dialog.’ I like that word better than ‘controversy.’” His work is in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. He was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, New Mexico’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the Skowhegan Sculpture Award. Jiménez was tragically killed in 2006 by the fall of a 32’ commissioned sculpture titled Blue Mustang. The sculpture is installed outside of the Denver International Airport.

There will be a Reception and Gallery Talk with the collector, Joe Diaz, from 5:30-7pm. Collector’s remarks will be at 6pm on Thursday, October 8. A reception with light refreshments will be in the foyer. The exhibition and events are free and open to the public.

The Martin Museum of Art is located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. Admission and events are free and open to the public. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday: 10am-6pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm, and Sunday: 1-4pm. The museum is closed on Mondays, during Baylor University holidays, and in between exhibitions. For more information, please call 254-710-1867 or visit the museum website at www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum.
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