Current Exhibition through February 28, 2016 in the Kraft Gallery
The work of Rodrigo Lara Zendejas (b. 1981, Toluca, Mexico) surveys politics, immigration, and social justice. Through a site-specific installation, Lara depicts the unjust Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s by the President Hoover and Roosevelt administrations. He portrays these events in a provocative, ironic, yet contemplative tone. The Great Depression engendered anti-immigrant sentiments that enabled the relocation of many people, most of whom were U.S. citizens of Mexican descent.
Curated by Dolores Mercado
Rodrigo Lara: A Conversation about Repatration
In conjunction with the exhibition, Illinois Humanities will present an event titled, Rodrigo Lara: A Conversation about Repatriation, Wednesday, August 19th at 6:00 p.m. , in the Kraft Gallery. This event will include a behind-the-scenes tour, followed by a conversation with the artist Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, curator Dolores Mercado, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism Daniel R. Quiles.
Exhibition funded by:
Chicago Park District. Illinois Arts Council, a state agency
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Travel provided by Southwest Airlines
Images: Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, Installation components / componentes de la instalación, 2015, ceramic, 24”x12”x12” each, photo: Michael Tropea