Mon. 7/3, 7p: Celebration, fiesta, protest and more are wrapped up in the traditional art form of colorful papers and imaginative design that is the piñata. On Espejos de Aztlán, Cristina Baccin interviews Visual Arts Program Director, Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn National Hispanic Cultural Center and Curator of The Piñata Exhibit that runs through January 31. Dr. Nunn gives us an interpretation of the importance of this art in the history of this region and what inspired her to organize this exhibit that illustrates it's art, its techniques, contemporary Southwest piñatas, and how the tradition is rooted in family celebrations as much as in political protests. Local piñatero, Francisco Rodríguez of the “Casa de Piñatas” (2219, Lead SE, Albuquerque) tells us how this art passes on from generation to generation in the Mexican community.
Some of the local Piñata artists at the Art Museum are:
Francisco and Isabel Rodríguez (Casa de Piñatas, 2219 Lead SE, Albuquerque, NM)
Tobías Justo Trinidad, Africa Ceja Romero and David Justo Ceja (Piñata Party, 517 San Mateo Blvd. Albuquerque, NM)
Consuelo Terrazas (Karamelo Dulcería, 1548 Bridge Blvd., Albuquerque, NM)
John D. Gonzales (The Fruit Basket, 6343 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM)
Adán Venegas, Esmeralda Ruiz and Julissa Ochoa (Dulcería Chihuahua, 4328 Airport Rd. Santa Fe, NM)