Denver's Museo de las Americas
Celebrating Era of Pachucos y Sirenas
By: Susan Cohn - Jun 26, 2018
IN THE HEART OF DENVER’S ART DISTRICT:
MUSEO DE LAS AMERICAS EXPLORES THE LATINIDAD EXPERIENCE.
Museo de las Americas, begun in 1992 as one room in a cabinet shop,
now occupies a 12,000 sq. ft. building in the heart of Denver's Santa
Fe Art District. Dedicated to the arts and cultures of the Latinidad
in the Americas, the Museo maintains a permanent collection of more
than 3,000 objects, including textiles, ceramics, masks, jewelry,
basketry, paintings, pre-Columbian figures and contemporary art pieces
of mixed media.
Its current exhibit, Pachucos y Sirenas, examines the
Pachuco era of the late 1930s and 40s, when Mexican-American youth
adopted highly stylized identifiers, including the zoot suit, as a way
of expressing cultural pride. On view through Aug. 18, Pachucos y
Sirenas highlights the impact that the Pachucho legacy had on the
American experience. Maruca Salazar, Chief Curator of the Museo,
said, “The Pachuco of the 1940s introduced a tribalism and style that
presupposed eminent cultural upheavals that would change the American
cultural landscape. This prelude of the Chicano Movimiento in the
1960s was cleverly disguised through fashion, dance, music, and
language. Delivering a fresh hybrid identity with a tribal flair that
spread like wildfire among the youth.”
Museo de las Americas in located at 861 Santa FeDrive in Denver, Colorado. For information about museum hours and events, visit museo.org or call 303-571-4401. Pachucos Y Sirenas is on view through Aug. 18.
ARTISTS OPEN THEIR DOORS: FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKS IN DENVER’S ART
DISTRICT ON SANTA FE.
Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe (ADSF)
encompasses hundreds of artists, galleries, studios, theaters, and
creative businesses along Santa Fe Dr. where First Friday Art Walks
attract thousands, year-round, rain or shine, from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Every third Friday, the Art District offers Collector Preview Events,
a more intimate version of First Friday with an opportunity for
patrons to see the art and meet the artists and owners without the
large First Friday crowds.
To paint... to travel... to combine the two... is to celebrate life. (Jack R. Brouwer)
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