Art Exhibit Brings Notre Dame Literary Initiative to Sacramento, CA

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), is pleased to announce its third “PINTURA : PALABRA” workshop, slated to take place on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday October 12 at the Crocker Art Museum. The two-day, ten-hour workshop is being held in tandem with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s traveling exhibit, “Our America: the Latino Presence in American Art,” which opened on September 21 and will be on view through January 11, 2015. There will also be a reading, free and open to the public, on Sunday, October 12 at 5 PM at the Sacramento Poetry Center after the workshop concludes, featuring the workshop participants and their facilitator, the noted poet Francisco X. Alarcón.

“The visual arts and the written word are really two faces of the same coin. For me, it is a true honor and privilege to be the facilitator of the third ‘PINTURA : PALABRA’ workshop. Art and poetry express the heart and soul of our community and I’m looking forward to working with the talented writers who will be gathering at the Crocker,” said Alarcón, who teaches at UC Davis and is co-founder of Los Escritores del Nuevo Sol (Writers of the New Sun), a collective of poets and writers based in Sacramento. Holding the workshop on the grounds of the museum will allow participants easy access to the works on display.

“The Crocker Art Museum is proud to host this unique workshop where poets will contemplate the human experience through visual arts in a collaborative setting,” said Emma Moore, Studio Experiences Manager at the Crocker Art Museum. “Inspired and energized, they will produce literary artworks under the guidance of master poet, Francisco X. Alarcón and come away with a view of museums as a source of inspiration for future works,” added Moore.

“PINTURA : PALABRA, a project in ekphrasis” is a multi-year national initiative that seeks to foment the creation of new writing inspired by Latino art. 

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