Chicago — Woman Made Gallery is proud to present After Adelita: Myths, Heroes, and Revolutionaries, curated by Amy Galpin. The exhibition and accompanying catalog is funded by 3Arts, an organization supporting Chicago artists, and it includes work by Carla Avila, Adriana Baltazar, Esperanza Gama, Maria Gaspar, Judithe Hernandez, Patricia Pena, Jenny Priego, and Diana Solis. Other exhibitions on display include Seeing in a New Way, sculptures by Constance DeMuth Berg, and Sugar, paintings by Laura Kina. Other events include a poetry reading on Sunday, October 3, and a Wine Tasting Party on Friday, October 22, 2010.
2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Mexican Revolution. The Revolution resulted in the loss of more than one million lives and brought destruction to communities across Mexico. Popular ballads tell the story of Adelita as a young woman who fought during the Mexican Revolution. While some believe that she is an actual historical figure, others see her as a composite of the many women who joined in battle during the Revolution. After Adelita examines how a century later, artists in Chicago create work that can relate both closely and loosely to the most iconic female figure to emerge from this turbulent time in Mexican history.
After Adelita includes works that express ideas about myths, heroes, and revolutionaries by women artists who work in diverse media, such as video, painting, photography, and printmaking. Some works relate specifically to the Mexican Revolution, while others evoke a broader, more abstract relationship to the idea of Adelita, an icon who inspires myriad meanings.
(Banner Image: artwork by Jenny Priego)