Event Type: Museum
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012
- Thursday, December 6, 2012
Location: The Haggin Museum
1201 N. Pershing Ave.
Stockton, CA 95203
The new exhibition Charrería presents the exquisite artisanship of Mexican craft with more than 150 objects designed specifically for the charro, or Mexican cowboy. Featuring leather work, costumes, textiles and silver and iron work that illustrate the life of these revered horsemen, these objects—many utilitarian in origin—have been transformed into detailed works of art that embody the very identity of the Mexican nation.
Charrería is one of Mexico’s most important cultural traditions that stems from the Spanish-inspired charreada. The charreada is a festive event that is similar to an American rodeo in its variety of competitive equestrian activities. As in the American “rodeo culture,” Charrería extends beyond horses and riders to include aspects such as costume, music, and food that bring a uniquely Latino culture to a sport that has its roots in Spain. Mexican charros are recognized around the world as symbols of their national identity.
The exhibition showcases artifacts of different media that pertain to the Charrería culture, highlighting the work of the artisans who produce the traditional clothing and tools of the charro. Spectacular sombreros, saddles, bridles, and intricate spurs showcase the precise work of Charrería artisans. The exhibition reflects the charros’ passion for their vocation—often part of a longstanding family tradition—and the beauty of this culture. The splendor of the objects themselves is revealed, as well as the social processes that consecrate this tradition of civic spirit, and connect the artisans as an essential part of the art of the charro. Today, Charreria continues as a culture, tradition, sport, and art, both in Mexico and abroad.
Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in collaboration with Marisú González Germán and Gabriel Cabello Martínez.
The original, well-received exhibition titled Arte en la Charrería toured to museums and galleries including: Edmonton, Canada; Lexington, Kentucky; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; San Antonio, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Indianapolis, Indiana; Austin, Texas and Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.
Opening Gala for Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture at The Haggin Museum is Saturday, September 22nd from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
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