The Museo de las Americas in Denver, Colorado, is the only museum in the Rocky Mountain region that focuses solely on Latin American art, history, and culture. You can learn about and view Latin American art and artists. You can learn about the culture, history, and art of Latinos from ancient times to the present. You can view examples beautiful Spanish culture from the 18th and 17th centuries. There is a lot more to see as well, including pre-Columbian objects and even contemporary objects.
The Museo de las Americas is having an exhibit, The Power of Then, curated by Patty Ortiz from September 10, 2009 to January 11, 2010, which highlights Latino artists who use popular cultural artifacts. The artwork comes from a variety of areas–from the coastal areas of California to the streets of San Antonio. Visitors will see countless layers of colors and be reminded of family. One can see religious icons placed in home altars and trinkets purchased at the local market. There are piñatas for a birthday party, fans, a molcahete for the kitchen, and numerous other items.
Many artists will be featured during the exhibit including David Almaguer, Linda Arreola, Rolando Briseño, Alex Hernández, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Alex Hernández, and Frank Zamora.
Visitors can see artwork made from hand cut stencils and aerosol paint that represent memories from childhood. One can see paintings. Visitors can see embroidery and fiber art. They can see artwork that depicts humorous paradoxes between feminine and masculine identity, and the naïve and sophisticated. Some artwork compares the similarities between Chicano and Western art. One can see prints and sculptures. Some artwork investigates the routine of everyday life.
One current program is 7 Minutos, which is an interactive program in which local performers and artists present new projects.
The Museo de las Americas also gives tours and workshops for teachers and students.
In addition to the artwork, one can see blankets, clothing, masks, beads, and jewelry. Other items representing Latin American culture include toys, swords, and musical instruments. One room has a replica of an Aztec pyramid. A mural on the wall shows where the pyramid would be located in the city. One never knows what kind of artwork he may see. One former visitor online recalled seeing an artist who only used chocolate syrup on white paper. There is often entertainment, such as music, or some other kind at the Museo de las Americas.
While the daily admission to Museo de las Americas is $4, sometimes, such as on Father’s Day it is free. On Free Kids Day, visiting families receive food and have a chance to make art together. There is also a chance every for those desiring to learn more Spanish to practice the language with native speakers. There is a gift shop at the museum.
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