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VOLUME: The Opening Reception

  • Texas State University Brazos Hall 605 North Edward Gary Street San Marcos, TX, 78666 United States (map)

#BOSSBABESATX AND CHULITA VINYL CLUB PRESENT:

VOLUME, A COLLECTIVELY BUILT LIBRARY OF VINYL, ZINES AND PRINTS FROM THE COMMUNITIES INTERSECTING WOMEN ARTISTS AND TEXAS MUSIC.


On Oct. 11, 2018, a collaborative installation between #bossbabesATX and Chulita Vinyl Club, “VOLUME,” will open at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Join us from 12 PM to 2 PM for light refreshments and a first look at the body of work we’ll be collecting throughout Fall 2018.

VOLUME will be open from Sept. 8, 2018 to Dec. 7, 2018. (Continue reading for information on how to get involved beyond visiting the work!)


— BEHIND “VOLUME” —

The Center for the Study of the Southwest (CSSW) and the Center for Texas Music History (CTMH) at Texas State University are pleased to announce #bossbabesATX’s and Chulita Vinyl Club’s upcoming exhibition, VOLUME.

Originated as a way to contribute to the preservation of regional women's histories in Texas, VOLUME is a collectively-built library. Over the fall semester, we’ll gather vinyl, zines, books, and artist prints from the intersecting communities of women artists and Texas music. On the walls, you’ll find work by eight Texan visual artists, including Bodega Visual (Austin, TX), Jasmine Brooks (Austin, TX), Elizabeth Chiles (Austin, TX), Anne-Lise Emig (Austin, TX), Good Snake (Austin, TX), Katy Horan (Austin, TX), Ashley Elaine Thomas (Corpus Christi, TX), Whitney Noel Devin (Austin, TX).

Filled with these prints, native Texas plants, bright furniture and stacked books and vinyl records, we seek to turn the Texas State University Brazos Hall gallery into a space prompted by queer Chicana poet, writer, and feminist theorist Gloria E. Anzaldúa's essay "Geographies of Selves.”

Our bodies are geographies of selves made up of diverse, bordering, and overlapping “countries.” We’re each composed of information, billions of bits of cultural knowledge superimposing many different categories of experience . . . As our bodies interact with internal and external, real and virtual, past and present environments, people, and objects around us, we weave (tejemos), and are woven into, our identities.

Gloria E. Anzaldúa,Excerpt from essay Geographies of Selves, 2015.

Beyond collecting prints, zines and vinyl, this evolving collection will recognize the power of choice and the reward of reciprocity. We are motivated by the possibility of coming to know ourselves, our many identities, and the worlds we occupy deep within the heart of Texas. Through this collection of materials, we encourage a new generation to become their own agents of cultural awareness. We hope to openly share the tools, tracts, sounds and visions accessed from our current and future ancestors with each other while building this library.

 Print by Bodega Visual

Print by Bodega Visual

 Print by Jasmine Brooks

Print by Jasmine Brooks

 Print by Whitney Devin

Print by Whitney Devin


— VISIT “VOLUME” —

“VOLUME” is free and open to the public within the Texas State University Brazos Hall’s gallery from September 8, 2018 to December 7, 2018. The opening reception for the installation’s prints will be held on October 11, 2018 from noon to 2 PM. The panel’s discussion and performance “El Disco Es Cultura” will be held on October 18, 2018 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM.

Throughout Fall 2018, the installation will morph and change as the collection of donated prints, vinyl and zines grow, so come through once, twice, three times—as much as your heart desires. :)


— CONTRIBUTE TO “VOLUME” —

Throughout Fall 2018, #bossbabesATX and Chulita Vinyl Club will accept donations of vinyl, zines and prints from the community to preserve history and the things that matter to us as artists. To contribute to VOLUME’s collection with your own donation, simply drop off items at any upcoming #bossbabesATX event between now and November 15. You can also schedule a drop-off by emailing thebabes@bossbabes.org or send donations to 4810 Oak Cliff Dr. Austin, Texas 78721.


— MEET THE PRODUCERS AND PARTNERS —

#bossbabesATX (Austin, Texas): amplifies and connects women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and organizers through nonprofit event series, showcases and personal/professional development programs. They create intersectional, interdisciplinary programs and initiatives that catalyze multi-industry coalitions, share crafts and provide the community with practical and emotional resources. Currently their programs provide a platform of visibility, outreach and financial opportunity to 1000+ emerging women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and organizers per year. On top of that goodness, more than 10,000+ community members per year attend their showcases, markets and dialogues—and in the last three years, their programs generated an additional $1million for the Austin economy. @bossbabesATX / bossbabes.org

Chulita Vinyl Club (Texas + California): launched in 2014 out of Austin, TX with the context of providing a space for empowerment and togetherness as an all-girl, all-vinyl club for self-identifying women of color. Now a national movement, they believe identity markers can sometimes be limiting, and while their priority is maintaining the mission of fostering a safe space for self-identifying women of color, they also aim their focus on highlighting those of mixed-heritage and those that identify as part of a marginalized community combining narratives to speak crucially about intersectional identities. Each Chulita identifies with their own identity. They are not to be classified as one nationality or culture; they can present as brown, black or white and all shades in between, and come in a wonderful variety of shapes and sizes. Within CVC they individually identify with the following: Latinas, Tejanas, Chicanas, Xicana, Afro-Latina and many more. The unifying denominator is that they come together over the belief that EL DISCO ES CULTURA and they believe that is worth preserving and perpetuating. Through their performances nationwide, they have established a strong coalition deliberately choosing to only play vinyl with the goal of activating a musical archive that might not otherwise be shared in the age of digital DJs. @chulitavinylclub / chulitavinylclub.com

The Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University (San Marcos, Texas): engages faculty and students in the richness and diversity of Texas, the Southwestern United States, and Northern Mexico via curriculum development, public outreach, and research that give focus to intercultural studies through examining the region's people, institutions, history, art, and physical and cultural ecology. txstate.edu/cssw

The Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University (San Marcos, Texas): is a unique program focusing on the preservation and study of Texas and Southwestern music history. With an emphasis on how Texas music reflects the rich history and tremendous cultural diversity of the Southwest, the Center for Texas Music History offers graduate and undergraduate courses, along with a variety of research and publishing projects all aimed at helping Americans better understand our unique and diverse cultural heritage through music. @ctrtxmusichistory / txstate.edu/ctmh