Western Folklife Center Presents New Exhibition of Latino Art


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2008
Contact: Darcy Minter, 775.340.4240
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Western Folklife Center Presents New Exhibition of Latino Art
Works include print by Mexican artist Diego Rivera

Elko - The Western Folklife Center will present the exhibition Voces Latinas: Works on Paper from 1921 - Present in the Wiegand Gallery from September 29 to November 16, 2008. Voces Latinas showcases artworks by 15 artists who represent the diverse range of creative voices within the Latino community. Drawn primarily from the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, Voces Latinas highlights works on paper from the earliest years of the 20th century to the present and touches on complex subjects and issues that continue to inspire dialogue and debate. Highlights from the exhibition include:

  1. a print by Diego Rivera, one of the best-known Mexican painters of the 20th Century;
  2. a print by Los Angeles-born artist Frank Romero, who established himself as a member of the contemporary Chicano art group Las Four who emerged out of East Los Angeles in 1973; and
  3. a print by Carmen Lomas Garza, who recalls the traditions and customs of her rich heritage by celebrating the values that are important to her family.

The Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery is open 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, $1 for children ages six through 12, and Western Folklife Center members and children ages five and under are free. The Western Folklife Center offers free admission on the first Saturday of each month. For more information please call the Folklife Center at 775-738-7508.

On Friday, November 1, the Western Folklife Center will host an evening reception in honor of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, featuring a special tour of the Voces Latinas exhibition by Ann Wolfe, curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. The evening will also feature a display of Day of the Dead offrendas, or altars, made by Elko community members. If you are interested in creating an altar please contact the Western Folklife Center at 775-738-7508.

Voces Latinas is presented as part of the Nevada Arts Council’s Nevada Touring Initiative, and is supported by both the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces Initiative and through a partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.