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New Snite Museum exhibits celebrate Latino art

Author: Arts and Letters

The University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art will open three new exhibits with a public reception Sunday (Sept. 11). The reception, which takes place from 2 to 4p.m. with gallery talks beginning at 2:30p.m., is free and open to the public.

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

  • An exhibit of photographs by world-renowned photographer Salgado will be on view through Nov. 20 in O’Shaughnessy East Galleries 1 and 2. Born in Brazil in 1944, Salgado is part of the tradition of “concerned 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 O’Shaughnessy Gallery West, North. Born in Arizona, Guerrero began studying Noh Masks in 1986 as an apprentice to Joshun Fulkakusa in Kyoto, Japan, and has continued to study mask-carving techniques in Bali, Indonesia and China. 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 (Di de los Muertos ofrenda), which he will create on site in late October.

During his visit to campus, Guerrero will be the main presenter during the Snite Museum’s annual Day of the Dead observance on Nov. 1 (Tuesday) at 7p.m. in 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 the Notre Dame Avenue annex of the Institute for Latino Studies. For more information on the workshops contact Jackie Welsh at .

  • The exhibit "Stations"__by Valdez will be on display through Nov. 20 in the O’Shaughnessy Galleries West, South. For this exhibit, Valdez spent 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 this San Antonio native’s life, but for Valdez, boxing is more than just a sport. Valdez views boxing as a metaphor for the everyday struggles of humanity, and in “Stations,” he extends this metaphor to encompass the life of Christ.

The Snite Museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-4p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5p.m., and Sunday from 1-5p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and holidays. Admission is free.

More information on the Snite Museum and its exhibits is available on the Web at .

Originally published by Meghan Winger at on September 09, 2005.