Mix ‘n’ Mash Las Flores – La Vida Exhibition

Dec. 10

Dec. 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm Feb. 6, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

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About the exhibition


Mexic-Arte Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition on Friday, December 10, 2021: Mix ‘n’ Mash Las Flores – La Vida. Mix ‘n’ Mash Exhibition and Art Sale, Las Flores – La Vida will be on view from Friday, December 10, 2021 – February 6, 2022. This group exhibition will display artworks from over 200 local and regional artists created on quality panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply. The art sale not only increases awareness about the visual arts and art collecting in the community, but also provides funding for the Museum’s exhibitions, supports educational programming for children and adults, and sustains upkeep and care of the permanent collection, this year’s theme is flowers and life.

2021 Theme: Las Flores – La Vida

Flowers have had a significant role in the myths of Mexican people since pre-Hispanic times to the present. The symbolic meaning of flowers is prominent throughout ancient Mesoamerican thought and practice. Flowers could represent anything from beauty and creation to death and destruction. Offerings of flowers were placed on the statues of deities. Flowers were an important feature in many ceremonies. Much of the ancient symbolism and some of the actual practices of arranging and using flowers have continued to the present day in Mexico.

Flowers in Ancient Mexico

“In ancient Mexico, flora represented life, death, gods, creation, man, language, song and art, friendship, lordship, the captive in war, the war itself, the heaven, Earth, and a calendrical sign. It accompanied the man from his conception and birth until his burial. Obviously, the flower was one of the basic elements in pre-Hispanic symbolic communication. Like the quetzal feather and jade bead, it was synonymous with “precious.” Doris Heyden,  Mythology and Symbolism of Flora in pre-Hispanic Mexico (1983).


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