Dallas has one of the most expansive Hispanic populations in the country,
and the city’s cultural institutions were among the first in the US to recognize the compelling need for diversity to be presented in exhibitions.
Thus, the Design District is fortunate, indeed, to be the locus for an exciting new venue that, in its inaugural exhibit, will bring into sharper focus a variety of sculptural work from various regions within Mexico,
including Ciudad de México, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Nuevo León, and Puebla.
The Latino Arts Project was born when entrepreneur Jorge Baldor and arts advocate Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime joined forces to bring to Dallas a one-of-a kind pop-up museum solely devoted to presenting Latino artists.
Additionally, the space will also serve as a gathering place to host monthly symposia so that viewers can more deeply explore the diverse range of artwork created across Latin America as well as its historical import.
The Latino Arts Project will be ushering in an array of visual luxuriance with its inaugural show,
Mexican Modern Sculpture: A Study of the Artists, opening May 5 and running through September 22, 2019.
Curated under the aegis of arts scholar María Estela Duarte, known as one of the foremost authorities in Mexican sculpture,
this exciting exhibition is the culmination of an astonishing fourteen years spent searching for heretofore unknown
and undiscovered pieces that represent the work of nine artists who rose to fame in the decades spanning 1920 to 1950 before falling from view.
In fact, were it not for this extraordinary project,
their work would likely have fallen into obscurity and been lost to future generations and art devotees.
Among the artists in the initial show are Juan Leonardo Cordero, Guillermo Toussaint, Carmen Carrillo de Antúnez, Isaías Cervantes Rodríguez, Abraham Jiménez López,
Fidias Elizondo, Manuel Centurión, José L. Ruiz, and Alberto de la Vega, all 19thand 20th-century artists who are no doubt new to Dallas audiences.
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