Year of Mexico exhibition open

Rudolfo Morales is a legend in Mexico. Until his death two years ago‚ he reigned as the unofficial king of the Oaxacan art world — where his colorful artwork inspired new generations of painters.

Georgia (Dec 9, 2002) — Rudolfo Morales is a legend in Mexico. Until his death two years ago‚ he reigned as the unofficial king of the Oaxacan art world — where his colorful artwork inspired new generations of painters.



His life and work will be highlighted in the special "Year of Mexico" exhibition‚ "Magical Stories of Mexico‚" opening Jan. 15 with Mexican music and food in the Sturgis Library Gallery and continuing through Feb. 26.



Morales was born in 1925 in Ocotlan‚ a colonial town in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca‚ where time moves slowly and where the past is always present in the architecture and traditional way of life. He produced richly hued and dreamlike images of childhood — the ancient churches‚ the town square and arcaded shops‚ the colorful markets‚ the black toy−like trains and always‚ the women of his town.



"Magical Stories of Mexico" is presented as part of the KSU celebration of the "Year of Mexico‚" co−sponsored by the School of the Arts‚ the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the KSU International Center.



Most of the paintings in the exhibition are on loan from the Museo de la Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico at the Antiguo Palacio del Arzobispado‚ while other works are on loan from Nancy Mayagoitia‚ founder of the Fundacion Rodolfo Morales. Morales’ family is also lending several paintings to the exhibit.



A pre−opening reception in the gallery Jan. 12‚ including a buffet dinner prepared by a gourmet Mexican chef‚ live Mexican music and dancing‚ will help support the cost of the exhibition. Tickets are $75 per person.



Many of the works owned by Mayagoitia will be for sale before and during the exhibition‚ with 30 percent of the proceeds benefiting the KSU Art Galleries. Early buyers will receive two free tickets to the gala.



For more information‚ call 770−499−3223.




 

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