ERIC Number: ED455148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Ofrendas/BorderCrossings: A Studio-Based Model for Cross Cultural Traveling.
Congdon, Kristin G.
While creating an art form which is foreign to an artist's cultural expression may seem like taking a risk in today's world, it may provide a way to successfully negotiate a fulfilling living and working space on this diverse planet. Movement into a foreign space, often referred to as a border crossing, can be understood as a central meeting space. This paper discusses the 1998 exhibition at the Maitland Art Center in Florida, "Ofrendas/Border Crossings," where 20 Latino and non-Latino artists made ofrendas, or Day of the Dead altars. The exhibition can serve as a model for multicultural education beyond the code signifying the inclusion of non-white races and ethnicities, which negatively reinforces a white/other binary dynamic. The paper tells the stories of many of the artists who made and exhibited ofrendas, finding that all of the artists felt they had traveled to a new space and had negotiated the territory for their benefit. It suggests that this new space can act as a "contact zone" that dissolves bigotry based on simplistic cultural conceptions. Contains 14 references. (BT)
Descriptors: Art Expression, Art Products, Artists, Cultural Context, Exhibits, Models, Multicultural Education
Australian Institute of Art Education, C/Suite 125, 283 Glenhuntley Road, Eisternwick, VIC 3185, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Inst. of Art Education, Melbourne.