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Arts Retratos 

One of 115 Retratos on display at SAMA: “Elisa Saldívar de Gutiérrez Roldán,” by Diego Rivera.

The San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., will host Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits, a groundbreaking exhibition exploring Latin American art and history through portraiture. Retratos comprises approximately 115 paintings and sculptures culled from museums across Latin America, Europe, and the United States, as well as from private collections. The traveling exhibition features works by artists ranging from ancient Mayans to contemporary Latin American and Latino individuals, and is divided into five chronological sections. The exhibit will be on view February 4 through April 30, 2006.

In conjunction with the exhibit, SAMA is sponsoring two related events for museum patrons. A Gloria Galt Program on Latin American Art, Stalking the Portraits of Latin America: Curatorial Tales, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, February 4. Marion Oettinger Jr. of SAMA is joined by colleagues from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery and El Museo del Barrio in New York City to discuss the logistics of organizing and presenting Retratos. On Sunday, February 5, participants in First Sundays, First Impressions will enjoy creating their own portraits using a variety of mediums and materials inspired by Latin American. The family art class will run from 1-4 p.m. Both events are free with general admission.

For more information, call SAMA at 978-8100.

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