San Antonio artist Jose Villalobos debuts new performance as part of the Texas Biennial

click to enlarge San Antonio artist Jose Villalobos debuts new performance as part of the Texas Biennial
Jose Villalobos
It can be challenging to keep up with Jose Villalobos, a fast-rising San Antonio artist whose multimedia work often protests the “toxicity of machismo” from a queer Latinx perspective.

Since earning a prestigious Painters & Sculptors Grant from the New York-based Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2018, the El Paso native has exhibited across the Lone Star State, from the McNay Art Museum and Artpace to Texas A&M International University in Laredo and the Dallas Latino Cultural Center.

He’s also one of seven artists featured in “Mutable Land” — a Tex-centric group show on Governors Island in New York. Upon returning from that show’s September 25 opening, he quickly set off for Lubbock to install a solo show at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Villalobos is also among the handful of artists representing San Antonio in the 2021 Texas Biennial — a socially minded survey spread across five institutions including the San Antonio Museum of Art.

While Villalobos’ layered, mixed-media installation Los Pies Te Cargaron (The Feet That Carried You) will remain on view at SAMA through December 5, his performance United States Customs of Oppression is a one-time-only affair.

Set to take shape in SAMA’s West Courtyard on October 12, the standalone piece expands on something Villalobos wrote and shared with us: “The truth is that / We fight and we fight / But the white man is always right / But I refuse to give up this light / That I carry inside / I will shift and I’ll grow / Like the desert in sight / My brown skin will interrupt your land like the sharp rusted blades of the border wall / I will stand tall even when I fall.”

Free, 6-6:30p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, San Antonio Museum of Art (West Courtyard), 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100,

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