Regional Arts Commission Presents “Latinicidad”

ST. LOUIS (February 19, 2014) – The Regional Arts Commission brings the tradition and vibrant culture of Latin American Carnaval to Saint Louis with its Latinicidad exhibition. Curated by Ciléia Miranda-Yuen, the exhibit showcases artists whose works encapsulate the festival’s spirit with a variety of traditional masks, dresses, and paintings. Accompanying the exhibition will be our own Carnaval event uniting the community in a celebration of history, art, and custom.

The celebration will begin with the exhibit’s opening reception on Friday, February 28 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Following in true tradition, the celebration continues on with a community Carnaval festival on Sunday, March 2. The exhibit is free and open to the public. A Gallery Talk will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 5:30 – 7:00 pm. The talk is free and open to the public.

EXHIBIT NAME:  “Latinicidad”

ARTISTS:   Fabio Rodriguez, Ashley Reese, Emily Thebeau, Haley Smith, Joseph Lambert, Kiliegh Meredith, Steve Poole, Eliana Cristancho, Luisa Otero, Marlene Lewis, Henryk Ptasiewicz, Gabriela Toujas, Carmen Dence, Bianca Azevedo , Eliana Oliveira, Biljiana Erdeg, Vlatko Erdeg, María T. Balogh, and Lauren Wilmore

CURATOR:  Ciléia Miranda-Yuen

DATES: Opening:   Friday, February 28, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Community Carnaval Event: Sunday, March 2, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, March 26, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

(Free and Open to the public)

Exhibit runs from February 28 through March 29

Gallery Hours: Mon to Fri: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

LOCATION:   The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission

6128 Delmar Blvd. 63112 (across from The Pageant)

Free parking behind The Pageant or metered street parking

EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION:

One of Latin America’s most vibrant cultural celebrations is brought to Saint Louis with the Regional Arts Commission’s exhibition Latinicidad.   The exhibit presents the rich culture of the annual Carnaval holiday, showcasing both Latino and non-Latino artists with a collection of visual artworks as well as live performances such as poetry, music, costumes, and dance.

With each event curator Ciléia Miranda-Yuen honors the immense diversity that comes from the varying customs of each Latin American region and combines them in the communal spirit of the holiday “This project brings the opportunity to share with the general community the diversity and richness in which Carnaval is lived and experienced throughout the many countries and cultures of Latin America. With such a vibrant subject, we can pull art expressions through a variety of media and put (them) together in a form of “kaleidoscope,” which represents the large variety of colors and concepts…”

For many Latin American countries, the significance of the holiday compels months of preparation. Through the exhibition, Saint Louis can participate in this same enthusiasm. “From Colombia to Brazil, Carnaval is the year’s most anticipated event for locals, and scores of tourists also are drawn to the destinations to celebrate alongside them. Each place has its own, history, culture and customs incorporated into the festivities, which make it one of the most interesting – not to mention fun – times to visit. However, those who can’t go there will have a chance to be part of this vibrant celebration here in St. Louis”

The exhibition will additionally serve as an element of the Latino Legacy Project. This initiative encourages the advancement Latin American culture through its three main goals “To educate and provide insights to the community in order to demystify stereotypes against Latino/Hispanics; to bridge the gap between the Hispanic communities and the community in general; and to promote leadership development among young Latinos”

Latinicidad opens at RAC on Friday, February 28 from 5:30 – 7:30pm and is free and open to the public. The community Carnaval event will be held at RAC on Sunday, March 2 from 3:00 – 6:00pm. Curator and artists will give a gallery talk on Wednesday, March 26 from 5:30 – 7:00pm. The exhibition continues through March 29.

 To Media: Carnaval is the traditional Latin spelling of ‘carnival’.

 

About the Regional Arts Commission www.art-stl.com

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts. As the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 6,000 grants totaling over $80 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, consortiums and programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region. www.art-stl.com. Visit our cultural calendar www.ArtsZipper.com or follow us on FACEBOOK at Regional Arts Commission or TWITTER at RACStLouis.

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