Hope and Memory
June 28 - August 9, 2019
In this exhibition San Antonio native Marta Sánchez, draws from her Mexican-American heritage to paint in the retablo style, which means that her work uses images and writing to memorialize people from her life. Retablos can be found in churches throughout North and South America that date back to the Spanish colonial era. Sánchez is currently based in Philadelphia and is active in revitalizing neighborhoods around the trainyards of northeast Philadelphia.
Marta Sánchez, Retablo for Ray, 2005, Oil and enamel on aluminum
Featured also in this exhibition are guitars from the Blazing Chicano Guitars series commissioned by actor and activist Cheech Marin. Marin's has built a substantial private collection of Chicano, or Mexican American art over the last twenty years and will soon open The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture, and Industry, also known as "The Cheech," in Riverside, California.
PA Homepage Digital Exclusive Interview with Kevin Hayes
"Artist Shares Mexican-American Art, Celebration Traditions" by Mary Therese Biebel, Times Leader