This summer, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), 628 Alamitos Ave., will again host Murals Under the Stars, the popular outdoor multimedia series that features local art lecturer Gregorio Luke projecting images onto a 100-foot-by-30-foot wall while discussing them.
The summer’s first show will be offered Sunday, July 22 with a new presentation about mariachi music, complete with a performance by the band Mariachi Imperial.
On Sunday, July 29, Luke will focus on the art and life of artist Frida Kahlo, sharing recently discovered photos and film clips with the audience.
The series will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 5, with a multimedia extravaganza examining the life and art of Miguel Covarrubias featuring African-American, Balinese and modern dancers, as well as jazz musicians.
“With this summer’s Murals series, I am pleased to announce that Gregorio Luke officially begins his tenure as MOLAA’s 2012 lecturer-in-residence,” said Stuart A. Ashman, MOLAA president and CEO.
As part of the July 22 presentation, Mariachi Imperial will demonstrate the role each instrument plays in a Mariachi ensemble, along with the different rhythms such as son, canción, ranchera, polka, and bolero. The event will also feature film clips of classic mariachi stars such as Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Javier Solis and composer Jose Alfredo Jimenes. The lecture will be illustrated with projections of art that is inspired by the music, such as the murals of Bonampak, Rufino Tamayo’s murals in Mexico’s national Conservatory and the “Teatro de los Insurgentes” by Diego Rivera, among others.
The July 29 presentation will provide an in-depth look at the many aspects of the life and career of Kahlo, including a detailed analysis of her most important paintings as well as an examination of her political life and letters. Short documentary films as well as color photographs will be included. The presentation will also feature a short film by Manuel Alvarez Bravo that is the only known color film of Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera.
Painter, muralist, cartoonist, filmmaker, anthropologist, author, dance promoter, curator and one of Mexico’s most versatile artists, Covarrubias travelled and lived outside of Mexico, depicted many different cultures and united many worlds. He was among the first to paint the world of jazz and blues during the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. Later, while living in Bali, he would create images of that culture and continue similarly documenting heritage in China, Latin America, Oaxaca and Southern Mexico.
He not only ventured into archaeology and anthropology, but dance as well. He became the most ardent promoter of the Golden Age of Mexican dance. In addition to the projection of Covarrubias’s murals, paintings and cartoons, the presentation will include live performances evoking the many cultures that impacted Covarrubias’s work.
Before each mural’s presentation, at 6:30pm, MOLAA will host a festive mercado with a variety of vendors, offering guests an opportunity to eat, drink and shop.
For information about tickets, call (562) 437-1689 or visit molaa.org .