Date(s) - 08/23/2018
Changarrito is a pop-up art cart, conceptualized by artist Máximo González as an alternative to the traditional exhibition spaces in Mexico. Originally from Argentina, González moved to Mexico City in 2003 where he developed an idea to create a movable display stand for artists to exhibit their work to the public. He began working with other artists to create the first Changarrito (in Spanish, changarro is slang for a “place of work”). Changarrito made its first appearance at the ARCO art fair in Madrid in 2005, and today there are various models existing throughout the world. The mobile cart was first brought to Austin by curator Leslie Moody Castro, and eventually found its home at Mexic-Arte Museum.
Since 2012, Mexic-Arte Museum has hosted more than 60 local and international artists through its Changarrito Artist Residency Program. During their residencies, artists display their work on the Changarrito cart outside the Museum and other locations throughout Austin. The Museum has acquired a vast collection of artworks ranging from traditional media, such as paintings, prints, and sculptures, to design-oriented collectible pop culture items, like zines, stickers, toys, and even car air fresheners. The upcoming exhibition, Changarrito Project: Selections from the Collection 2016 – 2018 will feature works displaying the diversity and richness found in the styles and techniques of the emerging Latinx artist community of Austin, making for a truly unique and rare insight into the Permanent Collection at Mexic-Arte Museum.