Vincent Valdez

David Martin Davies / Texas Public Radio

Vincent Valdez’s art studio is in an old San Antonio fire station built in 1910. Above the entrance stands a vintage statue of a vigilant fire fighter clutching his ax.

Inside, the art space is taken over by one colossal black and white painting — 43 feet long — broken up into six panels. It’s titled “The City.” It features 14 hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan caught in a candid moment on a bluff overlooking a city at night.

Vincent Valdez

The work of Vincent Valdez is some of the most recognizable art coming out of San Antonio. His monumental charcoals and paintings have dealt with religion, social justice, and stereotypes around masculinity and ethnicity.

Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

The Mission Reach continues to peel back the metaphorical public art onion, and on Monday a pair of Vincent Valdez art installations were revealed: two benches.

“It was a chance for me to share my work with the public, with the community and the city of San Antonio, and (be) part of this amazing project they’re doing,” he said.

"This amazing project: are you talking about the Mission Reach?” I asked.

Mark Menjivar

San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez has created an exhibition that, let’s face it, is a little disturbing. But then, maybe art, from time to time, should be.

It’s called "Strangest Fruit" and it’s at Artpace. It owes its concept from the Abel Meeropol poem "Strange Fruit," which was penned about seeing lynched black people hanging from trees in the South. Valdez said there's something perhaps even more unsettling than the subject for that poem.

What is Chicano?

Dec 6, 2012

Carlos Francisco Jackson, professor of chicana/o studies at the University of California-Davis, and George Vargas, professor of art history at Texas A & M University-Kingsville, discussed the meaning of the term "Chicano" in 2012. Ricardo Romo, President, The University of Texas at San Antonio, moderated the conversation.