Join Artpace for the first event of the Russell Hill Rogers San Antonio Sessions, a series of performances that will take place on the Artpace rooftop, funded by the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts. Our first event features filmmaker Jim Mendiola‘s “Come and Take It Day” (2001). “Come and Take it Day” uses Texas history to tell a story of friendship, envy, betrayal, and greed. The fictional story centers around the hunt for the lost treasure in gold coins that had been given to the person who captured the legendary Gregory Cortez.
+ Free and open to the public. Registration is required.
+ Free parking is located at the Artpace parking lot (513 N Flores).
About the Artist
A fourth-generation Mexican-American born in San Antonio, Texas, Jim Mendiola is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. His 1996 film Pretty Vacant has been screened at many colleges, museums, and film festivals, notably the Havana International Film Festival and South by Southwest, where it won Best Narrative Short. Mendiola was awarded a Rockefeller Intercultural Media Fellowship in 1997 for his film, “An American Artist,” and the Gateways Fellowship in 1999 for documentary research on Mexican-American family photos in Texas. During his residency at Artpace in 2001, he and Rubén Ortiz-Torres worked closely together on a multimedia project on the Alamo, where they sought to reevaluate the building through examining its various historical, political, and cultural meanings. Mendiola’s films, many of which are produced in San Antonio, are an attempt to encapsulate the Mexican-American experience in Texas and to rewrite Texan history from a Latino point of view. Apart from his filmmaking, Mendiola has served as a contributing writer for Politico, Frontera Magazine, The San Antonio Current, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.