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Sangre de Nopal/Blood of the Nopal: Opening Celebration

July 20, 2024 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM



Celebrate the summer opening of Sangre de Nopal/Blood of the Nopal: Tanya Aguiñiga and Porfirio Gutiérrez en Conversación/in Conversation, the first of two PST Art exhibitions at the Fowler. This festive event will feature a live performance by Filarmónica Maqueos Music in the spirit of Guelaguetza, the Zapotec word for offering or reciprocity. Join us for an Indigenous welcome, concert, and exhibition preview.

About the Exhibition
Sangre de Nopal/Blood of the Nopal offers an expanded understanding of Indigenous cultivation and production of cochineal, an insect-derived red dye developed by the Zapotec peoples around 500 BC.Interdisciplinary fiber artists Tanya Aguiñiga and Porfirio Gutiérrez present both new commissions and existing work, displayed alongside Oaxacan textiles from the Fowler collection. This multivocal exhibition centers ancestral knowledge and technical experimentation, and brings a special attention to issues of immigration and labor justice.

Filarmónica Maqueos Music was founded in 2005 by Oaxacan native Estanislao Maqueos to provide young people, ages 5 to 20, with a safe space to play a wide array of instruments; learn discipline, patience, and dedication; and preserve and expand their culture through music.

Sangre de Nopal/Blood of the Nopal is made possible through lead grants from Getty as part of the PST Art: Art & Science Collide initiative. Additional funding is provided by the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, and the Pasadena Art Alliance. With special thanks to the Museo Textil de Oaxaca.

Image: Artists Porfirio Gutiérrez and Tanya Aguiñiga talk and weave together in a field near Guiterrez’ hometown in Teotítlan del Valle, Oaxaca. Photo Credit: Javier Lazo Gutiérrez




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