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Getting Up Pa'l Pueblo: Tagging ASAR-Oaxaca Prints and Stencils

Friday, February 28-Saturday, November 9, 2014; Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm           

Art Museum

$3 Adults, $2 seniors, free for children 16 & under. Free admission to reception and on Sundays; otherwise by museum admission

Getting Up Pa 'l Pueblo: Tagging ASAR-Oaxaca Prints and Stencils features block prints and stencils from the ASARO (Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca) collection in the University of New Mexico's College of University Libraries and Learning Science, Zimmerman Library, Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR). "Getting up" is slang for posting and applying images in public places; generally, the expression refers to street art. ASARO is a contemporary Mexican artists' collective working in block prints, stencils, and graffiti murals. The group was formed in 2006 after riot police repressed annual teachers' demonstrations in the state capital of Oaxaca.

In a localized adaptation of ASARO's commitment to visual and verbal exchange, museum visitors can participate by physically "tagging" the art works as they view them or virtually labeling them on the exhibit webpage asaro.unm.edu/exhibit. These labels will be collected and digitized, eventually becoming a permanent part of the CSWR collection at UNM.

Getting Up Pa'l Pueblo is curated by Dr. Suzanne M. Schadl, Latin American Collections Curator, College of University Libraries and Learning Science, UNM and Mike Graham de la Rosa, Curatorial Intern, NHCC and Master's candidate in Latin American Studies, UNM, and is dedicated to the memory of UNM Distinguished Professor of Art History David Craven (1951-2012).

The exhibition was partially funded by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council, as well as through the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Additional sponsors include the Latin American and Iberian Institute, Center for Regional Studies, Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, and College of Fine Arts at UNM.


¡Papel! Pico, Rico y Chico

June 20, 2014 through January 31. 2015;

Tuesday-Sunday 10 am- 5 pm  

Art Museum

Free admission to reception and on Sundays; otherwise by museum admission

An ephemeral genre of popular art, papel picado (cut, perforated, or punched paper) is best known as a traditional Mexican art form. Papel picado is typically used to festoon celebrations, altares, churches, and other public or devotional spaces in Mexico; it is not unusual to see strings of papel picado banners crisscrossing streets in towns and cities throughout the country. 

As an accessible and affordable material, paper has been used for centuries In Latin American, Hispanic, and Latino communities to create beauty in everyday life.  In New Mexico, ramilletas (layered floral garlands) are created from scraps of newspapers and magazines for festive occasions.  These same materials are also cut out in designs and used to line and decorate shelves and trasteros (cupboards or cabinets). 

Using a popular art form and re-contextualizing it to represent contemporary identity and fluidity is one of the acknowledged characteristics of Hispano, Chicano, and Latino art.  There is also precedent in Mexican and Latino art history for using papel picado as a vehicle for cultural critique.  Carmen Lomas Garza is widely recognized as one of the first artists who intentionally chose paper cut-outs to depict stories of her childhood, her family, and the racial prejudice experienced by Mexican Americans in Texas.

The four artists featured in ¡Papel! Pico, Rico y Chico-Catalina Delgado-Trunk, Cay García, Kai Margarida-Ramírez, and Josie Mohr-all work within the traditional art form of papel picado.  Each transforms this ephemeral tradition into something new, contemporary, and permanent, as well as using it for cultural commentary. 

For additional information on these extraordinary artists, please visit their websites at: