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Monday, September 15, 2008

Oaxacan art and cultural exchange

A print from artist Shinzaburo Takeda on display through Sept. 28 at the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center.

The central-Mexican state of Oaxaca, is known for it's diversity of culture and art.

The area has also become an American travel destination for those looking to get away from traditional Mexican tourist hot spots.

For those who haven't traveled to Oaxaca, a sampling of their art and culture is coming to Walworth County.

A series of presentations, part of "Identities and Cultures in Transformation," an art and cultural exchange between the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, located in Oaxaca, Mexico., will provide a glimpse into the culture of Oaxaca, Mexico.

According to a Whitewater Arts Alliance news release, an exhibition of prints from Oaxaca entitled, "The Politics of Mythology: Graphic Works by Maestro Shinzaburo Takeda and His Students from the Universidad Autonoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca," will be on display through Sept, 28 at the Cultural Arts Center, 402 West Main St., Whitewater.

The CAC is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Shinzaburo Takeda and author Manuel Matus, also of the Universidad Autonoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, will discuss "Identities and Cultures in Transformation,

at 4 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Old Main Ballroom of the University Center at UW-W as part of Latino Heritage Celebration.

A reception will follow at the Fiskum Art Gallery in the University Center at 5 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by Takeda, who will address the topic of "Mexican Muralists."

A reception Sept. 23 at the Cultural Arts Center is planned Matus, also of the Universidad Autonoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca.

Takeda will speak at 7 p.m. on "The Muralist Tradition and Literacy." Matus will present readings at 8 p.m. from his original works and speak about the oral history tradition while encouraging others to tell their stories.

University students and faculty will translate the presentations.

Additional prints from Oaxaca will be exhibited at the Fiskum Art Gallery in the University Center of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.


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