Viva La Vida: A Celebration of Life and Community

Organization Urban Culture Project's la Esquina
Hours Thursday, Saturday: 12:00pm - 05:00pm

Free and Open to the Public

Opening starts at June 04,2010 06:00pm
Opening ends at June 04,2010 10:00pm
Address 1000 W 25th Street, Kansas City, MO, United States
Phone 816 221 5115
Start June 4, 2010
End July 10, 2010
Closed Sunday - Wednesday, Friday

Viva la Vida - A Celebration of Life & Community is a large group exhibition curated by Jenny Mendez, Director of Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery and Chairperson of the Guild of Latino Fine Arts (Azteca de Grater Kansas City). The show opens with a celebration on Friday June 4, 6-10pm at la Esquina, 1000 West 25th Street, featuring music, performance, food, and drink. It features many dozens of artworks of far-ranging media, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, textile-based and mixed media pieces, all of which represent responses to and interpretations of the exhibition’s title. Many works reflect participating artists’ connections to the Latino community in Kansas City and elsewhere.

Featured artists include Rodolfo Marron, Emiliano Zapata, Juan Moya, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Jessica Manco, John Hernandez, Miriam Feingold, Israel Garcia, Mary Agnes Rodriguez, Adolfo Martinez, Jeremy McConnell, Alisha Gambino, Arzie Umali, Sonnie Ruffin, Jason Sierra, Henry Montes, Emmanuel Hernandez, Mauricio Zuniga, Thomas Woodward, Dominic Murillo, Robert Tapley Bustamante, Sammy Persons, Eric Boleware, and many others. The exhibition runs through July 10, with hours Thursdays & Saturdays, 12-5pm.

Additional events: June 18, 7pm:  Chicano Film Night, with feature film La Vida Loca. Evening includes “Best Dressed Chola Contest.” $5 donation covers one drink and all you can eat popcorn.  Other snacks and drinks will also be available. June 30, 5:30: Viva la Vida Artist/Curator Talk.

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