The Southwest Museum is proud to present the recycled Virgin sculptures of Luis Villanueva at the monthly NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night. An opening reception on Saturday, April 11 will feature the artist, Mexican chocolate, and pan dulce. It will kick off an exhibition run that ends on Sunday, May 3, 2009.
The sculptures in this exhibition express both Villanueva's feelings and his commitment to the environment, as they are all made from recycled materials. Each Madonna is constructed from old newspapers and used milk cartons. Villanueva also enjoys giving art workshops to young children and teaching them that what some consider trash can be given new life and made into works of art.
The Mexican native has been making art from cartons and paper found in the street since the age of five and is best known as the artistic director of the largest Dia de los Muertos celebration in the U.S. at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. He especially enjoys making art for nacimientos de navidad, or Nativity scenes.
He has studied art at various schools including Escuela de Artes Pl?ísticas, Universidad de Guadalajara, in Mexico. He has also studied with artists in Oaxaca and Guanajuato, Mexico, as well as in Spain and France. His sculptures have been exhibited at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, the Museo de Arte Latino in Pomona, and, with copresenter Jorge Ramos, at the Libreria Martinez in Plaza Mexico, Lynwood.
Also, a special selection of art by painter Lalo Garcia will complement Villanueva's artwork. The museum store will also be open. The Southwest Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
The Southwest Museum holds one of the nation's most important museum, library, and archive collections related to the American Indian. In addition, it has extensive holdings of pre-Hispanic, Spanish Colonial, Latino, and Western American art and artifacts. For over 100 years it has supported research, publications, exhibitions, and other educational activities to advance the public's understanding and appreciation of the Americas, with particular emphasis on the western United States and Mesoamerica.
The Southwest Museum is located at 234 Museum Drive in Mt. Washington and is easily accessible via the Metro Rail Gold Line, which stops directly across from the museum.
The Southwest Museum and the museum store are open Saturday and Sunday, noon. to 5 p.m., during restoration and conservation projects. Admission is free.
Opening Reception Saturday, April 11, 7ÔÇô10 pm
Show and Sale runs April 11ÔÇôMay 3, 2009
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