Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Garcia's Entre la Carpa

The following information is from Dr. McIntyre

Entre la Carpa/Inside the Tent
Opening Reception: Fri., July 25, 5:30-8:30 pm
Mini-Symposium: Sat., Aug. 9, 2-4 pm

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts:
Please join us for the opening reception of Entre la Carpa/Inside the Tent on Friday, July 25th, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. In this spectacular exhibition, artist Adriana Garcia explores self-identity in a new series of brilliant large-scale paintings inspired by her family’s history with La Carpa Garcia. This famous traveling tent circus, founded in 1914 by Manuel Garcia, Adriana’s great-grandfather, performed throughout the U.S. Southwest until 1947. La Carpa Garcia was best known for a comedic routine by Manuel, who played Don Fito, and a tightrope performance by Pilar Garcia. Adriana’s grandfather, Rodolfo, was born to Teresa Garcia soon after her evening dance performance ended (the subject of the painting in the attached invitation). Esperanza Garcia, a member of the family troupe, died at an early age after falling from a tightrope. Through these family personalities and their circus occupations and acts, Adriana delves into universal themes of life and death, joy and loss. But whatever cost, the show must go on!

At the opening on July 25th, cousin Esteban Garcia will perform a special saxophone dedication set to fragments of interviews by grandfather Rodolfo Garcia, a member of the Garcia circus. And, La Música de la Carpa will be performed by the Mexican Folkloric Trio from the International Academy of Music and the Arts (we welcome IAMA to our hood--they just opened around the corner from BHA on Babcock), under the direction of Dr. Rachel Yvonne Cruz.

We also invite you to join us on Sat., Aug. 9th, 2:00-4:00 pm, for La Carpa: A Mini-Symposium featuring Adriana on her artwork and the Carpa Garcia, followed by a lecture on the history of La Carpa by Dr. Michaele Haynes, Curator of the Witte Museum, with a special appearance by Virginia Garcia, a performer with the Garcia troupe. (For background on La Carpa Garcia, please go to Entre La Carpa continues though Aug. 30, 2008.
See you there!

Dr. Kellen Kee McIntyre
Executive Director
Bihl Haus Arts