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The Evolution of Mexican Art: From Olmec to Today
Panel discussion and tequila tasting
532 Folsom St (Between 1st and 2nd Streets)
ArtPoint invites you to learn more about the oldest civilization of the Americas: the Olmec. Known for their iconic and sophisticated artistic style, the Olmec flourished in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco between 1400 and 400 BC, corresponding with the Golden Age of Greece.
The Olmec are best known for the creation of colossal heads carved from giant boulders that have fascinated the public and archaeologists alike. The monumental heads remain among ancient America's most awe-inspiring masterpieces. The exhibition Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico at the de Young reveals new scholarship on Olmec culture and artifacts as it brings together new finds and monuments, including many that have never been shown in North America.
Our evening begins with a cocktail reception, tequila tasting, and Mexican buffet at 6:30 p.m. The discussion starts at 7:30 p.m.
Karina Hodoyán received her PhD from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Stanford University. Her areas of focus was Mexican, Border, and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies, with an interest in Feminist and Urban Studies.
Favianna Rodriguez is an artist-entrepreneur who has helped foster resurgence in political arts both locally and internationally. Named by the Utne Reader as a "leading visionary artist and change maker," Rodriguez is renowned for her cultural media projects dealing with social issues.
Mexican-born painter Ana Teresa Fernandez holds a master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited internationally in Mexico and South Africa.