Zeke Peña: Reclaim
September 15, 2016 - February 3, 2017
The Rubin Center is proud to announce the inaugural project of the Rubin Center Endowment for Excellence Fund, a site-specific installation by Zeke Peña commissioned by the Rubin Center’s Director’s Circle that will be installed in our atrium and open to the public beginning September 15, 2016.
Zeke Peña’s interdisciplinary work about the U.S./Mexico border community explores universal themes by remixing contemporary and historical narratives. Through community engagement, collaboration, and radical praxis Peña makes work to activate audiences. He portrays people from his community and fictional characters in tragicomical stories to re-contextualize issues about migration, transnational culture and human rights. Using new and traditional media, Peña produces work informed by comic books, cinematography and border culture. He is self-taught in his studio practice, received a degree in Visual Studies (Art History) from the University of Texas at Austin and has exhibited at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Albuquerque Hispanic Cultural Center, Houston Center of Photography, El Paso Museum of Art, Museo de Arte Ciudad Juárez as well as galleries in Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Antonio, Houston and Mexico City.
The Rubin Center Endowment for Excellence was established by the Rubin Center Director’s Circle in 2015, on the occasion of the Rubin Center’s 10th Anniversary. The endowment provides critical funding for the exhibition and commission of contemporary art. This commissioned installation by El Paso artist Zeke Peña is the inaugural project to be funded by the endowment, and exemplifies the Rubin’s commitment to providing a platform for contemporary artists to create and exhibit new work.
In this video Zeke Peña discusses his installation Reclaim