Art depicting the racial makeup of colonial Mexico comes to Scottsdale

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art introduces casta paintings from Claudio Dicochea, Luis Alfonso Villalobos and three generations of Inuit women on February 10.

Casta paintings are artwork dedicated to the social hierarchy of colonial Mexico and its racial makeup, says Director and Chief Curator at SMoCA Sara Cochran. The paintings always contain a family unit -a mother, father and at least one child.

Dicochea is one of the artists who has worked with this theme. He was interested in the idea of how pop culture and politics cross paths and how they end up introducing people to each other. The special trait about this is the reception of the art in Mexico City was received differently than it was received in the north of Mexico.

southwestNET” is organized by SMoCA in order to spotlights artists from the southwest area. Cochran says she is interested in the artists who are growing up and speaking about the issues that visitors are dealing with on a daily basis. An artist is chosen once or twice a year to have their work on display. Dicochea is the southwestNET artist from February 10 to May 20.

Cochran says she looks for mid-career artists who are mature and past the point of their first few pieces. She hopes to find those artists first before they become really iconic.

The Spring Opening Reception takes place on February 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. and is free to the public. The curators and artists will be there to mingle and talk about the pieces.

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