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The McKinney Avenue Contemporary Presents Two New Exhibits in September

Opening Reception: September 18th 5:30pm- 8:00pm; Free and open to the public

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC) is pleased to announce its participation, along with other Dallas art institutions, in celebrating Mexico’s Independence from Spain. This bicentennial celebration will include exhibitions in all three of The MAC galleries. The two large galleries will focus on The Cult of Death / La Santa Muerte and Los Olvidados / The Forgotten Ones. The third gallery will feature an exhibit entitled Los Colores del Cielo / The Colors of Heaven, a video created by Quin Mathews.

The grand opening will be Saturday, September 18 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at our galleries located at 3120 McKinney Avenue, in the Uptown District of Dallas.

In the large galleries
Los Olvidados / The Forgotten Ones

Exhibitions in the large galleries will explore the relationship between the increasingly popular cult of death and its correlation with the country’s forgotten citizens within a system that has no other sanctuary for them. These two shows are collaborations between the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and Hank Lee, owner and director of San Angel, gallery in the Blue Star complex in San Antonio, Texas.

Third gallery
Quin Mathews: Los Colores del Cielo / The Colors of Heaven

The focus of this video is on the unusual baroque churches and their preservation by the local communities protecting their historical integrity.

In the summer and fall of 2008, documentary filmmaker Quin Mathews visited many small villages in the Lake Pátzcuaro area in the state of Michoacán in order to document the unique churches located there. These unusual faux-baroque churches have become paramount in providing solace to the community in a time where drug violence has persisted as a serious issue for the people of Mexico.

This solace is especially relevant because over the last ten years, it had become apparent to visitors that the Michoacán people are facing incredible hardships due to violence. In the state capital Morelia, soldiers can be seen stationed all over the center of the city where deadly bombings occur. Despite the brutality that surrounds them, the people of Morelia worked relentlessly to maintain the integrity and beauty of these unique churches.

The restoration and preservation of these incredible structures have helped create a safe haven within the sea of drug violence that has consumed much of the state.

About the MAC

Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist roll in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.

Call 214-953-1212 for information or visit www.the-mac.org. The MAC is open Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.the-mac.org

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