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Mexican Retablos
To tour North America


One of the most expansive exhibits of Mexican retablos was inaugurated at the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces this November 20. Displaying through February 2, 2000 before traveling on to Mexico, "El Favor de los Santos: The Retablo Collection of New Mexico State University" explores the subject of 19th century Mexican retablos. The exhibition places special emphasis on the succession of religious traditions in Latin America, from pre-Columbian times to present day, of seeking favor from the gods. The University Art Gallery, who owns one of the largest collections of Mexican retablos in North America, has loaned 180 of their most exemplary and classic laminas to the exhibit. An additional seventy-five pieces have been borrowed from other museums in Mexico and the United States.
In conjunction with the show, a 300-page English volume, with photos and essays by twelve prominent scholars of Mexican and Latin American devotional painting traditions, will be released by the University of New Mexico Press. A smaller publication will be issued in Spanish by Artes de México. Charles Lovell, Director of the University Art Gallery and co-curator of the exhibit, announced that along with the December thirteen and fourteenth symposium, additional bilingual materials will be presented, including a twenty-minute educational video. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Latino Initiatives.

For more information contact: University Art Gallery, NMSU, P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3572, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8001, or e-mail: A selection of the University Art Gallery's 1,700 plus collection of retablos and exvotos can be viewed at

Following the February 7, 2000 closing of the event in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the exhibition will travel for two years through-out Mexico and the United States.