Oaxaca’s Painting Biennial at MACO

MACO stands for Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca. We had the good fortune to visit during the XVII Rufino Tamayo Biennial Exhibition. Tamayo,  born in Oaxaca, was one of the great Mexican painters of the 20th century. The exhibition of 50 artworks ranging from abstraction to realism is a juried show of painters working in the region. The witty mixed-media work  byContinue reading “Oaxaca’s Painting Biennial at MACO”

Printmaking at Taller La Chicharra, Oaxaca, 2015

While ice storms hit the U.S. a group of Kutztown students spent 17 days of winter break in sunny Oaxaca, Mexico. We worked with a group of talented young printmakers in Taller La Chicharra (translates as the Cicada Studio). Alan Altamarino, who also goes by MK Kabrito, runs the studio. He is a recent graduate ofContinue reading “Printmaking at Taller La Chicharra, Oaxaca, 2015”

Oaxaca Sketchbook 2015

The Hostel Don Nino gave us a welcoming reception of flautas, which are like fried enchiladas, guacamole, Oaxacan cheese and aqua de Jamaica. It is not easy to post from my ipad here, but I will share student drawings and post more when we return from our 17-day Oaxaca tour. 13 KU students and Prof.Continue reading “Oaxaca Sketchbook 2015”

OAXACA KU Study Abroad Winter 2015

Update: Kutztown U’s Oaxaca Course will be offered again. Tentative dates: Dec.27, 2015 to Jan.10 2016. Details in August. For a new non-credit 6-day (Jan 10-15, 2016) Oaxaca printmaking workshop see offering here via Oaxaca Cultural Navigator. Kutztown University is offering an affordable opportunity to study  in Oaxaca, Mexico with Prof. Kevin McCloskey. Oaxaca may the bestContinue reading “OAXACA KU Study Abroad Winter 2015”

SCOM: Man & Monsters in Mexico

SCOM stood in a doorway in Oaxaca and told us some hairy stories of his life as a graffiti artist. He grew up in L.A. His mother came from a remote village in Oaxaca. As a kid, he was George. Sometimes his Mom would bring him to visit family in Oaxaca. One day, his L.A.Continue reading “SCOM: Man & Monsters in Mexico”

Visit Printeresting for more on Maya Woman Printers.

Sometimes I get to write for Printeresting.org. It is a very cool site. In 2011 Printeresting won the Warhol Foundation’s Writers Grant in the blog category. I feel lucky when I get 100 visitors on a day to this blog, so I am delighted to write for the online journal, Printeresting. Jason Urban, one ofContinue reading “Visit Printeresting for more on Maya Woman Printers.”

Covarubbias, more than a Caricaturist.

You never know where you might find an illustrator. Museo Textil de Oaxaca is a jewel of a museum in the center of Oaxaca. The current exhibition, Gráfica textil de Miguel Covarrubias, focuses on the work of the influential Mexican caricaturist. Born in Mexico City in 1905, Covarubbias journeyed to New York City at ageContinue reading “Covarubbias, more than a Caricaturist.”

Rocha Channels Posada. Dos Maestros de Caricatura

Jose Guadalupe Posada and Catrina by Rocha Jose Guadalupe Posada died 100 years ago. He is best known for his skeleton images such as Catrina. A working illustrator for Mexico City’s penny papers, Posada may not have thought of himself as an artist. Only after his death was he lionized by the great Mexican artistsContinue reading “Rocha Channels Posada. Dos Maestros de Caricatura”

Lapiztola Stencil Collective, Spray for Us.

Lapiz = pencil.  Pistola = pistol. Lapiztola is a stencil collective in Oaxaca. The pun suggests the pencil is as mighty as the pistol. Their artwork has been described a visual poetry. In October, one of Lapiztola’s crew,  Yankel, was on a conference panel in Oaxaca about the city’s street art collectives. Yankel had spentContinue reading “Lapiztola Stencil Collective, Spray for Us.”

Irving Herrera, the Artist and his Models

Irving Herrera creates wonderful images of beautiful woman. What is so remarkable about his artwork is that he appreciates the beauty of the indigenous and mixed-race woman of Oaxaca. Throughout Mexico the leggy newscasters you see on T.V. and the models on billboards, calendars, and magazines often look like pure-blooded Europeans. I took a walkContinue reading “Irving Herrera, the Artist and his Models”