de los otros

José Villalobos

Exhibition: Jan 14 – Jul 18, 2021

Artpace is pleased to announce  de los otros, the first exhibition of 2021 in the Main Space gallery, featuring José Villalobos’s work. While Artpace is closed for appointments, the exhibition will be visible from N. Main Ave. beginning Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Jose Villalobos’s artwork utilizes objects connected to his Norteño culture to challenge toxic masculinity and the marginalization of queer bodies. de los otroscontinues his practice of exploiting items related to his cultural heritage to draw attention to its issues.  

For this exhibition, Villalobos follows the story of a gay bracero worker, Porfirio, to reacknowledge and empower queer voices that are constantly erased from history. “Being queer and coming from a lineage of bracero workers…this history is important to who I am today,” says Villalobos. “It is important to who I will be in the future, as an artist, defying erasure.”  

Porfirio was a part of the Bracero Program in the 1940s, initially formed as the Mexican Farm Labor Agreement. He was known to be one of de los otrosor one “of the others,” a term used to marginalize gay men and women. Like many men and women at that time, Porfirio was harassed due to his sexual orientation, an experience many people today can still relate to. “Constantly being bullied and being told how to exist is something that we still face today,” said Villalobos, “especially those in BIPOC communities.” 

Utilizing made and found objects, de los otros will feature a sculptural installation resembling the bracero farmworkers’ living and sleeping quarters. An integral part of the exhibition is a to-be-scheduled live performance at Artpace. 

Photo Credit: Beth Devillier

This exhibition has been made possible with the generous support of the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. 


José Villalobos

El Paso, Texas / San Antonio, Texas, USA

José Villalobos was born in 1988 and grew up on the United States and Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and was awarded the Artist Lab Fellowship Grant for his work De La Misma Piel at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Villalobos is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant Award and Residency and the Tanne Foundation Award. His work has been exhibited at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, NARS Foundation, the Mexic-Arte Museum, El Paso Museum of Art, El Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and most recently at the Phoenix Art Museum for Desert Rider. Villalobos’s work is included in the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art, Mexic-Arte Museum, the City of San Antonio Public Collection, Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, and Soho House International in Austin, Texas. José Villalobos is the Artpace Texas artist in residence in the Spring of 2024.

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