The Kiss, Atlixco, Mexico
Exhibition Dates: June 1-30th. Restaurant Hours: 10 am – 10 pm.
Meet the Artist: June 14th, 4-7 pm & June 16, 4-7 pm
The Zocalo exhibit is a series of photographs for sale of the main square in Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico. Artist Mary Teresa Giancoli writes: I have been traveling to Atlixco, Puebla, to document the lives of families with relatives living in Queens. I was captivated by the life of the Zocalo in Atlixco and its benches. Atlixco’s Zocalo forms the very center of public life. Old, young, families, workers gather here to walk or relax on one of the tile benches. From morning to night, people stop for a pause in the day, to read, meet friends from school or work, get a shoeshine, or have a popsicle. Many entrepreneurial types come to sell crafts or traditional sweets such as sugared yams and sesame seed cakes.
Each bench in the zocalo is made of Talavera tile, a type of Majolica pottery using a traditional tin-based glaze, originally introduced by immigrants to Mexico from Talavera de la Reina, Spain in the 1650s. At the center of each bench is a scene from the city: the Arches aqueduct, the colonial church of San Francisco overlooking the city, the Temple of La Merced, the church of San Francisco on the hill, and the volcano, for example. Each bench in itself is a work of public art.
I use a manual medium format camera and a digital camera, to capture how traditions are preserved and changed. I follow the Mexican photography tradition of melding the documentary mode with a sense of personal vision and social commitment. With this work, I pay tribute to the Mexicans and Latinos who have left their hometowns to come to the United States to work and carve out a new life, and in doing so alter the cultural landscape in this country.
Mary Teresa Giancoli lives and works in Sunnyside, Queens. She was born in Berkeley, California, received a B.A. in Italian Culture from Wellesley College and an M.F.A. in Photography from Hunter College. She is a BYOB artist with the QCA. Recent solo exhibitions include the Museum of Arts and Culture in New Rochelle, NY; Queens Theater in the Park, NYC; St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York; Universidad Autonoma Atzcapotzalco, Mexico City. Her work has been exhibited at Flushing Town Hall, a Smithsonian affiliate, El Museo del Barrio, NYC; Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY, Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Athens, GA, The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, Carlsbad Museum, New Mexico among others. She was an artist in residence of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space in 2010.
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
De Mole Restaurant
45-02 48th Avenue
Woodside , New York, 111377
718 392 2161
Free, Donations $20. Welcome
7 train to 46th Street
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