Snite to feature exhibit on Mexican migration to the U.S.

Author: Shannon Chapla


The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame will showcase Mexican migration to theU.S.through a multi-media exhibit that includes Chicano/Mexican visual arts beginning Sept. 3 (Sunday) in the museums OShaughnessy Galleries, Mestrovic Studio Gallery and the entrance atrium.

Co-sponsored by Notre Dames Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Humana Foundation Endowment for American Art,Caras Vemos, Corazones No Sabemos (Faces Seen, Hearts Unknown): The Human Landscape of Mexican Migrationis designed to stimulate discussion about the human consequences associated with migration fromMexico.

Through artwork, music, narratives and oral histories, the exhibit will examineseveral main themes: journeys, boundaries and barriers; urban landscapes and human geographies; and identities and the collective Latino artistic, social and culturalimaginary.

On exhibit will be artwork from the private collection of Gilberto Cárdenas, assistant provost, director of the ILS and Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies at Notre Dame.The Cárdenas collection of more than 7,000 pieces includes works on paper, paintings, three-dimensional works, photographs and video.Some items to be exhibited are a promised gift to the museum.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1999, Cárdenas is a sociologist who teaches and conducts research in immigration, race and ethnic relations, historical and comparative sociology, and visual sociology. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Notre Dame.

The ILS was established in 1999 to promoteunderstanding and appreciation of the Latino experience in theUnitedStatesthrough research, education and outreach.It seeks to enhance interdisciplinary study and research in Latino studies as a vital component of Notre Dames academic mission.Its areas of studyinclude Latino spirituality, art, literature, history, politics andsocioeconomic conditions.

As part of their missions of outreach and education, theSniteMuseumand ILS are developing public programs to be conducted at the museum.Teacher training and classroom curricula for middle and high school teachers will be available to teachers who schedule tours.

A public reception for the exhibition will be held Sept. 7 (Thursday) from6to8 p.m.TheSniteMuseumis open Tuesday and Wednesday from10 a.m.to4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from10 a.m.to5 p.m., and Sunday from1to5 p.m.The museum is closed on Mondays and holidays. Admission is free.

* Contact: * Gina Costa,SniteMuseumof Art,574-631-4720, " "

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