Retablos: Miracles on the Border 

Ready for a cultural lesson? In Mexico, Retablos are paintings done on tin, wood or masonite that function as offerings to Catholic saints, Christ or the Virgin Mary. Vanderbilt University's Center for Latin American Studies have partnered with Sarratt Gallery to put on an exhibition of retablos and texts that share the stories of migrants who pray to specific saints for holy intervention during perilous times. Each piece publicly expresses the artist's fears, hopes and needs through a folk art form rich with vivid hues of blue, yellow and orange.
Sept. 4-30, 2008

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