Thursday, May 26 at 5:30 pm
Images of the Sacred: Paradoxes of Presence and Distance
A Museum Roundtable
Images of the sacred pose fascinating paradoxes. They are manifestly human-made representations of alternate orders of existence, but they also may be experienced as themselves endowed with sacred or divine qualities. Even when they are spoken of as mere reflections, traces, or reminders of a distant power, they may in fact be understood or treated as living beings, ancestors, or divinities. Our discussion—inspired by the exhibition, “Miracles of Mexican Folk: Retablos and Ex-Votos”—considers visual and aural sacred images from around the world, including Bali, Japan, Mexico, ancient Meso-America, Native America, and the contemporary United States.
Thursday May, 12
Curator Lecture - A Journey Among the Miraculous: Developing a Teaching Collection of Mexican Retablos and Ex-votos
Dr. Antonio Sanchez, curator of the exhibit "Miracles of Mexican Folk Art" will speak on the process of collecting Mexican folk art and creating the exhibit. "Miracles of Mexican Folk Art" will be on view at the Museum through June 11, 2016.
5:30 p.m. - Reception with light refreshments sponsored by the CWU Hispanic & Latinx Alumni Association
6:15 p.m. - Talk by Dr. Sanchez.
Dr. Sanchez is currently Assistant Director of Government Relations and Special Assistant to the President of Central Washington University. Dr. Sanchez publishes, teaches and advocates for a greater understanding of the history and heritage of Latinos in Washington State and for the development of programs, activities and academic programs that will advance Latino/a academic success. He is the co-author of a teachers Latino/a history training guide and curriculum for K-12 called Fruits of Our Labor and for the book, Hispanics of Oregon. He established an organization called Americas Institute of Art, History and Culture to tour teaching collections of Latino/a art and artifacts. In 2007 he was knighted by King Juan Carlos of Spain for his efforts to advance the knowledge of Hispanic History in Washington State.
This event is free and open to the public.