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In 1988, Lawndale Art Center presented its first annual Día de los Muertos exhibition of retablos, which are small art works inspired by the traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. It's now one of Lawndale's most popular programs that reaches out to communities across the region. Lawndale invites artists and the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8-by-10-inch pieces of sheet metal. These retablos are then sold at the gala, set for Oct. 25, to benefit both Lawndale and the artists.
Lawndale encourages teachers to educate their students about important aspects of Mexican culture and their related art practices and offers schools the opportunity to display their work in our Cavnar and Horton galleries. In past years, students have submitted projects such as sugar skulls, papel picado, papier mache skeletons, retablos, altars and other large-scale installations. Work by Houston area schools will be on view in the Horton and Cavnar Galleries.
On view through Nov. 9.