Luchadores are huge. Luchadores are colorful. Luchadores are in-your-face. And until July 23, you can get up-close and personal with the masked wrestlers ÔÇô both rudos and tecnicos ÔÇô at a powerful exhibit at the Mexican Cultural Institute (MCI) at the historic Plaza Olvera.
Showing in its basement gallery located at El Pueblo's Biscailuz Building at 125 Paseo de la Plaza, el Instituto's newest photography exhibition, Los Luchadores, features 22 full-color photographs by acclaimed photographer and physician Richard Ehrlich.
Los Luchadores (The Wrestlers) features a collection of photographs ÔÇô 40 inch by 50 inch -- that capture the amazing world of the iconic masked, wrestling heroes who hail from Mexico, Latin America and beyond.
Known for their colorful masks, capes, and peculiar monikers like Sangre Azteca, El Fantasma and Tiniebas, these wrestlers have now established a following that transcends international borders and gender lines.
Today, the world of la Lucha Libre, or the free-for-all wresting match, has made an evident impact on the TV and movie industries, as well as in international art and pop-culture.
"The photography of Dr. Ehrlich is spell-binding. He's renowned for his ability to capture thought-provoking images, and this exhibit is no exception," said Abelardo de la Pe??a, Jr., executive director at the MCI. "Los Luchadores allows viewers to experience the power, passion, pain and glory of these international celebrities,"
Los Luchadores is available for public viewing until July 23, 2011. The exhibition is free and open to the public Thursday through Saturday from noon till 6:00 P.M. Plenty of parking around El Pueblo, both city lots and in Chinatown. Or take public transportation, including the Gold and Red Lines or buses.