Please join the El Paso Museum of Art on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the El Paso Energy Auditorium for Our Lady Refugio of Sinners: Love and Hope In Art, a lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Zarur, Associate Professor of Art, New Mexico State University. Auditorium seating is on a first come, first served basis and is limited to 220 persons.
This event is free to the public.
Dr. Zarur will present on the artistic depictions of La Refugiana in retablo paintings dating from nineteenth-century Mexico. The origin and rapid spread of the Refugiana in the lives of the people of Zacatecas was due, in part, to the religious fervor motivated by fear of diseases related to mining, adverse working conditions and the ultimate depletion of the mineral resources. Dr. Zarur will take a historical approach to the art of retablos and as well as address the introduction of this visual representation of Marian devotion brought to Zacatecas by the Franciscans and Jesuits.
Dr. Zarur’s research focuses on the arts and culture of Latin America and Portugal. Her publications include books and articles about the retablos and ex-votos of Mexico, the colonial architecture and religious rituals of Brazil, women artists in baroque Portugal, and the feather art of the Indians of Central Brazil. She has curated a number of national and international exhibitions accompanied by comprehensive catalogues. Dr. Zarur received a Master of Fine Arts in Fabric Design, and a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Art from the University of Georgia. Her BFA is from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil.