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05 July 2019Mexican Art and Culture – Past and Present

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Mexican Art and Culture – Past and Present Chloë Sayer Friday 05 July 2019

Before the Spanish Conquest of 1519, numerous civilisations rose and fell.  The great cities of the Maya, the Aztecs, the Zapotec and the Mixtec were peopled by muralists, sculptors in stone, ceramic artists, feather and gold workers, jewellers, weavers, and painters of sacred books.

During the twentieth century, artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera helped to shape the cultural identity of modern Mexico by fusing pre-Conquest and European traditions. As a muralist, Rivera produced some of the greatest public art of the last century, combining social criticism with a faith in human progress. By contrast, Kahlo’s small-scale and highly personal paintings reflected her experiences, dreams, hopes and fears.

The Mexican sense of colour and design is dazzling and contemporary craftsmen create splendid weavings, rich embroideries, shimmering beadwork, jewellery of silver and gold, ingenious toys, imaginative figures of papier mâché, pottery, and finely carved wooden dance-masks for religious festivals. Chloë Sayer will display museum-quality textiles and other items from her extensive collection.

Venue: Wokingham Theatre

The format of the day will be as follows:-

10.00    - Arrival and coffee

10.30    - Lecture 1 – Ancient Mexico

11.30    - Coffee

12.00    - Lecture 2 – Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: The Golden Age of Mexican Painting

1.00      - Lunch

2.00      - Lecture 3 – The Arts and Crafts of Modern Mexico

3.00      - Close

Chloë Sayer is a freelance specialist in the art and culture of Latin America. She leads cultural tours to Mexico, and has lectured for galleries and museums at home and abroad.  She has made ethnographic collections and carried out fieldwork in Mexico and Belize for the British Museum and curated several exhibitions of Mexican folk art, including ¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture for the Royal Ontarario Museum in 2015. She has also worked for the BBC and Channel 4 and published extensively. In 2016 the Mexican Government awarded her the prestigious Ohtli medal, in recognition of her long-standing commitment to Mexican culture.

Cost: £33 to include tea/coffee and a sandwich lunch

Booking will open at 7pm before the lecture on Thursday 23rd May 2019

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