"Arte de la Gente" featured in CSUB Todd Madigan Gallery exhibit

September 22, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

The "Art of the People" will take center stage at California State University, Bakersfield's Todd Madigan Gallery in an exhibition slated for Oct. 2 through Nov. 16.

"Arte de la Gente: Mexican Masters from the Dr. Richard and Rebecca Zapanta Collection" will feature the work of important Mexican artists from the last century, including Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

A special opening reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Zapantas and Consul General Juan Marcos Gutierrez Gonzalez, Consul General~of Mexico in Los Angeles, and his wife Alejandra Garza de Gutierrez will be in attendance. The reception is open to the public at no charge. Parking will be free in lots B and C.

"The title of the exhibit, 'Arte de la Gente' means 'Art of the People,'" said Deanna Heikkinen, interim gallery director. "All of the works contain people or imagery reflecting people, such as the shoes they wear. Many of the Raúl Anguiano works are of Oaxocan women, which provides the basis for the other meaning of the title, 'Art of the People' – art about the underprivileged or underrepresented."

Other artists presented in the exhibit include Rodolfo Morales, Vladimir Cora, Alfredo Zalce, José Clemente Orozco, Leonora Carrington, Rodolfo Nieto, José Luis Cuevas and Sacal.

In all, 31 pieces will be shown from the Zapantas private collection.

"This is an excellent opportunity for the community to see Mexican Art in Bakersfield," Heikkinen added. "The various artworks allow for a deeper understanding of Mexican art through the imagery and various media used. Furthermore, the works span over half a century, enabling the viewer to see how Mexican art has changed over time."

Anguiano was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Throughout his career, he continued to portray people and the issues that affected them. Many of his works are portraits of the people he encountered.

Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros were all part of the Mexican Muralist Movement during the first half of the 20th century. Rivera was married to Mexican artist Frida Khalo. The three men all had tumultuous careers due to their political associations and the climate of Mexico at the time they painted.

Sacal was born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico and has been a ceramicist and sculptor for over 30 years. He now lives in Mexico City. "His inspiration comes from dreams, feelings around him or just everyday events. He then works with clay until the form comes alive," Heikkinen detailed.

Carrington was born in Britain and was greatly influenced by the surrealist movement in Europe where she met and had a relationship with Max Ernst. With the onset of World War II, the couple was separated and Carrington fled to Mexico where she lived for over 40 years. She now resides in both Mexico and New York. "You can see the influence her background and living in Mexico had on her art in the two pieces selected for this exhibit," Heikkinen said.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

For additional information, contact Heikkinen at (661) 654-2487 or log on to www.csub.edu/art/gallery/.