The Hecho en Colorado exhibit is on display in the Ballantine Gallery at the History Colorado Center, 1200 N. Broadway in Denver, until Jan. 10, 2021.
For the duration of the Hecho en Colorado exhibit, History Colorado is offering a special series called Cafecitos, which is a guided tour of the exhibit by Adrianna Abarca, founder of the Latino Cultural Arts Center and curator of the Hecho en Colorado exhibit. Cafecitos attendees have an opportunity to try biscochitos de anis, which is a traditional Hispano cookie from northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, and piñon-flavored coffee. Cafecitos is offered every Friday at 9 a.m. for up to 10 people. Small groups and individuals may register for Cafecitos.
History Colorado is offering admission with a limited capacity, and a timed ticket purchased in advance is required for entry. Entry will be timed in 30-minute blocks. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone. No tickets will be available for purchase onsite.
On Mondays through Dec. 31, the History Colorado Center is open exclusively to members. The museum is open for general admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.
To purchase tickets to History Colorado Center and the Hecho en Colorado exhibit, or to register for Cafecitos, visit www.historycolorado.org or call 303-866-2394.
The Latino Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) of Colorado is a cultural campus in west Denver with a mission “to elevate and advance the artistic and intellectual contributions of Latinos in Denver to national and international levels,” states its website. To learn more, visit www.lcac-denver.org.
Here are a couple other events going on in Denver to celebrate and learn more about the city’s rich Hispanic culture and heritage.
What: Events for Hispanic Heritage Month, and the Rhythm & Ritual: Music of the Ancient Americas exhibit
Where: Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
Details: Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The museum is offering a variety of events. A calendar of events is on the museum’s website.
The Rhythm & Ritual: Music of the Ancient Americas exhibit takes place through Oct. 17. This exhibit is in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum. It explores music of the ancient Americas, and features about 80 instruments dating from 1000 BCE to 1530 CE.
When: Museum hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Cost: General admission is $8 for adults; and $5 for students, seniors and military. Admission is free for members and children age 12 and younger.
How to purchase tickets: Timed tickets for a two-hour block can be purchased online.
Learn more/purchase tickets: https://museo.org/
What: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection
Where: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Details: This traveling exhibit focuses on the post-Mexican Revolution artworks of internationally celebrated artists, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Gunther Gerzso, María Izquierdo and Carlos Mérida. It features more than 150 artworks — more than 20 of them being by Frida Kahlo. This is the first time this exhibit has come to Denver.
When: Oct. 25 to Jan. 24. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week.
Cost: Adult tickets cost $26 for non-members and start at $20 for members. Youth tickets cost $5 for ages 6-18. Tickets for children age 5 and younger are free.
How to purchase tickets: Tickets will be for timed entry and must be purchased in advance. They will be available for purchase in two blocks. The first block, for dates between Oct. 25 to Nov. 30, will go on sale on Oct. 12. The second block, for dates between Dec. 1 to Jan. 24, will go on sale Nov. 23.
Learn more/purchase tickets: www.denverartmuseum.org or 720-913-0130.
The artwork featured in the Hecho en Colorado exhibit is a reflection of the artists, their community and their heritage.
“Most were born in Colorado, but not all of them,” said the exhibit’s curator, Adrianna Abarca. “But all call Colorado home.”
Hecho en Colorado — Spanish for Made in Colorado — is an art exhibit at the History Colorado Center that highlights the history, culture and heritage of the Chicano/a and Mexicano/a people of Colorado. It is presented in collaboration with the Latino Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) of Colorado in Denver.
“Until recently, these stories were sometimes excluded, denied or omitted,” said Abarca, who founded the LCAC and currently serves as its board’s chair. “These stories come from the people of this region. All these artists have a strong connection to community and created their art with community present in their minds.”
The exhibit boasts the artwork of about 40 artists representing different regions of Colorado and includes a variety of formats — paintings, sculptures, textiles, writings and more. The exhibit “depicts and draws from both urban and rural traditions” and reflects “both ancient and contemporary Indigenous and European heritages,” states a news release.
MORE: Meet three of the Hecho en Colorado artists
From zoot suits and high fashion, Frida Kahlo and Quetzalcoatl, to Casa Bonita and St. Cajetan’s Church, the collection is a vast array of artwork, “representational of our experiences, history, icons and culture,” Abarca said.
Along with demonstrating the contributions that Colorado’s Mexicanos/as and Chicanos/as have made to the community through history, Abarca was also inspired to honor the anniversary of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, which took place largely in the southwestern United States, primarily in the late 1960s and `70s.
“The Mexican/Chicano/Native people have been in this region from the very beginning of the modern history of Colorado. We have been an integral part of every aspect of Colorado’s history,” Abarca said. “And we continue to be major contributors in all industries, including the arts.”
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