New Snite Museum exhibits celebrate Latino art

Author: Erik Runyon


The University of Notre Dames Snite Museum of Art will open three new exhibits with a public reception Sunday (Sept. 11). The reception, which takes place from2to4 p.m.with gallery talks beginning at2:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The new exhibits celebrate the works of three acclaimed Latino artists, Sebastião Salgado, Zarco Guerrero and Vincent Valdez. Co-sponsored by Notre Dames Institute for Latino Studies, these exhibits feature artwork from prehistoric to contemporary times from Central andNorth America.

  • An exhibit of photographs by world-renowned photographer Salgado will be on view through Nov. 20 in OShaughnessy East Galleries 1 and 2. Born inBrazilin 1944, Salgado is part of the tradition ofconcerned photography,taking pictures that render the human condition with honesty and respect. These powerful black-and-white photographs represent all his major projects, covering almost 40 years of work.
  • The exhibit “Caras y Mascaras” or “Faces and Masks” by Guerrero will be on display through Nov. 27 in OShaughnessy Gallery West, North. Born inArizona, Guerrero began studying Noh Masks in 1986 as an apprentice to Joshun Fulkakusa inKyoto,Japan, and has continued to study mask-carving techniques inBali,IndonesiaandChina. The exhibition, which is in honor of Cesar Chavez, will include a selection of the numerous masks and sculptures he has created over the years, and his Day of the Dead altar installation (Diá de los Muertos ofrenda), which he will create on site in late October.

p. During his visit to campus, Guerrero will be the main presenter during theSniteMuseums annual Day of the Dead observance on Nov. 1 (Tuesday) at7 the Annenberg Auditorium. He also will present two workshops, one for area teachers on Oct. 29 (Saturday) and another on Oct. 30 (Sunday) for families on Mexican folk art.

Both workshops will take place in theNotre Dame Avenueannex of the Institute for Latino Studies. For more information on the workshops contact Jackie Welsh at .

  • The exhibit “Stations” __ byValdezwill be on display through Nov. 20 in the OShaughnessy Galleries West, South. For this exhibit,Valdezspent two years creating 13 charcoal-on-paper drawings that depict one night in the life of a boxer. These drawings are not only breathtaking because of their sheer scale, but also because they evoke the visceral sensations of a night in the boxing ring. Boxing has always been an important part of thisSan Antonionatives life, but forValdez, boxing is more than just a sport.Valdezviews boxing as a metaphor for the everyday struggles of humanity, and inStations,he extends this metaphor to encompass the life of Christ.

TheSniteMuseumis open Tuesday and Wednesday from10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from1-5 p.m.The museum is closed on Mondays and holidays. Admission is free.

More information on theSniteMuseumand its exhibits is available on the Web at .

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