History, Culture and Creativity Take Center Stage at This Dynamic Bicultural Event

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Memory, history and culture can intersect to make great art. This is evident in the works of Mexican painter Alfredo Ramos Martínez, who existed between two cultures, portraying stylized visions of his home country while living in the United States.

The painting “Flores Mexicanas” by Martínez was a wedding present to Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh from the president of Mexico in 1929. It was completed just before Martínez moved to the U.S. The artist and this monumental masterpiece—currently on display at the Missouri History Museum—inspired the forward-looking event titled “The Bridge: Latinx Artists Talk Culture and Creativity.”

“The Bridge” brings together a panel of local thought leaders to discuss the links between past and present in their lives and work. The free event takes place Aug. 8 at the Missouri History Museum alongside the new 2,000-square-foot special exhibit “Flores Mexicanas: A Lindbergh Love Story.”

St. Louis’ Latinx community continues to grow and influence the city—artistically and otherwise. The discussion at “The Bridge” will give attendees insight into the panelists’ experiences navigating a bicultural life, the importance of representation in their fields of work, how the art community will change in the next five years and more.

The evening opens with poet Maria Teresa Balogh, whose writing is informed by bicultural and social issues, reading her poem “Ode to the ñ.” Among the panelists are Miriam Ruiz, the school and community programs manager at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, curator of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce art program and a founding member of the Latinx Arts Network; Valeria Rodriguez, a Dominican multidisciplinary artist originally from Miami who is currently creating murals, empowerment portraits and adult coloring books in an effort to uplift communities of color; Tony Maldonado, present chair of the Hispanic Leaders Group; and J. S. Onésimo (Ness) Sandoval, an associate professor of sociology at Saint Louis University and co-director of the Ph.D. program in public and social policy.

From 5:30-6:30 p.m., enjoy exhibit tours, local art and arts activities. The tours and activities resume after the panel discussion, along with a cocktail reception with light food and drinks from 4 Hands Brewing Co.

“The Bridge: Latinx Artists Talk Culture and Creativity” is open to all on Aug. 8 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum. Those attending can tour the “Flores Mexicanas” exhibit, make art themselves and visit booths from local organizations including Hispanic Festival Inc., Latinx Arts Network, Red Latina and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. For more details, visit the event page.

Featured image courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society.

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