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Changarrito with Changarrito with Alejandra Almuelle
January 24, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Alejandra Almuelle was born in Arequipa, Peru. She is a self-taught ceramic artist working in this medium for the past 24 years. Before moving to the United States, she spent time with a community of potters in Pizac, which is in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, a major center for ceramic making in Peru. Addressing the functionality of the medium as well as its sculptural expression has been equally important for her. She has recently completed several series in which the common thread is the human shape. Speaking about her work, she states that “as a base medium, I feel clay is so appropriate for expressing the human journey because it is the stuff we are made of.” Lately, she has begun silk-screening imagery directly onto her clay forms.
“Changarrito” is an art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selection presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. Faithful to their original, informal spirit, Changarritos exist throughout the world, evolving as forums for the sale of original artwork to the general public, presentation of public programs, special curatorial projects, individual and collective exhibitions. True to Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Mexican, Latina/o, and Latin American art. Artists sell their art (usually ranging in price from $10 – $400) on the Changarrito cart right in front of the museum while keeping 100% of sales.
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