Raciones Antiguas/Visiones Nuevas
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park
Art News Magazine
by Josine Ianco-Starrels
“Ancient Roots/New Visions,” a traveling exhibition of contemporary works by artists of Hispanic descent, will open at the Municipal Art Gallery Tuesday. The show includes painting; drawing, collage, sculpture and graphics by more than 80 artists from Hispanic communities in the United States and Puerto Rico. Works are divided into four thematic categories: pre-Columbian roots and rituals, folk art traditions, barrio and political art and international currents.
According to curator Marc Zuver, “The Hispanic presence in the United States, presently estimated at more than 12 million people, is growing at a significant rate. The exhibition illustrates the deep concern of the participating artists with the dynamics of their past and present cultures.”
“Ancient Roots/New Visions” was originated by “Fondo del Sol,” a nonprofit group of photographers, film and video artists based in Washington and New York. Members are involved with Latino art and culture. Show sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts; the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Washington, D.C.; the Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
A separate exhibition of works by 12 local Latino artists augments the traveling show. Participating in the local show are: Ray Bravo, Luis Serrano-Cordero, Roberto Delgado, Arturo de la Fuente, Dennis Garci, Martin Garcia, Rosalyn Mesquita, Joseph Moran, Patricia Murrillo, William Ortiz, Elloy Torrez and Linda Vallejo. Both exhibitions continue through Aug. 13.
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