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"Dos Loterías: Idioms and Icons of Mexico and South Texas"
2006-06-22 until 2006-08-13
Southwest School of Art and Craft / Russell Hill Rogers Galleries
San Antonio, TX, USA United States of America

The iconic Mexican game of la Lotería inspires two exhibitions opening at the Southwest School of Art and Craft on June 22, part of San Antonio’s Contemporary Art Month through July. Local Loteria features the work of forty San Antonio and South Texas artists, who create their own curious and creative lotería cards – and do so with a definite Tex-Mex twist. Participating artists are Chris Ake, Ricky Armendariz, Bernice Appelin-Williams, Kimberly Aubuchon, Jane Bishop, Sabra Booth, Dan Borris, Molly Branton, David Zamora Casas, Paula Cox, Joan Fabian, Joey Fauerso, Karl Frey, Patricia Jane Fugitt, Ovidio Giberga, Jose Guadalupe Guadiana, Daniel Guerrero, Barbel Helmert, Leticia Huerta, David Isenhour, Mimi Kato, Luis Lopez, Salvador Lopez, Scott Martin, Maria Elena Mogas, Cristina Sosa Noriega, Katie Pell, Rainey, Juan Miguel Ramos, Omar Rodriguez, Ramin Samandari, Ansen Seale, Regis Shephard, Gary Sweeney, Georgia Tambasis, Robert Tatum, Kate Terrell, Luis Valderas. Bettie Ward, and Terry Ybanez.

La Loteria: An Exploration of Mexico, will exhibit fifty-four paintings by Arizona artist Teresa Villegas that explore Mexican traditions, images, historical figures, gastronomy and popular culture through the idiom of lotería cards. Artist funding for Villegas’ series was received from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For context, accompanying the contemporary interpretations will be Tablas de Lotería, a series of historic Mexican watercolors (c. 1870) on loan from the Latin American Collection at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

La Lotería has been a cornerstone of Mexican culture since the 1800s, and is played like Bingo, only with pictures instead of numbers. The most commonly recognized, standard deck has been published for three generations by la Lotería “owners” Don Clemente Gallo – who, in 2002, used the Villegas images to print their first new edition in more than a century (“El Nuevo Version de La Lotería”). Villegas’ Lotería installation was first shown in Querétaro, Mexico, and recently the University of Arizona Press published her Lotería paintings in a hardcover bilingual gift book titled Lotería!. Villegas states that she intends this exhibition to “create dialog between the peoples of the U.S. and Mexico.”

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