“La Loteria: an Exploration of Mexico” partial installation exhibited at Columbia College, Chicago, IL, September- December, 2010

by teresa villegas

Traveling Exhibition of "La Lotería: An Exploration of Mexico"

MExico and USA

Exhibition at the Bellas Artes Galleria, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2003

This Installation is large in scale –approximately 10’x 27’ (3 meters x 8 meters) and consists of 54 small individual oil paintings on wood panels, each measuring 14.24”x 9.5” x 2” (36cm x 24cm x 5cm) .

This large scale installation draws the viewer in with individual detailed paintings that celebrate the culture of Mexico. The format of this installation is based on the popular Mexican game of chance called “La Lotería.” There are 54 cards in a Lotería deck. Each card shows an image with a word describing that image in Spanish –hence the total number of 54 small paintings in this installation.

If you would like to exhibit this traveling installation, download PDF requirements here: LTE Requirements

¡La Lotería Installation Goes on Tour! Begins in Mexico, Now in the US

This Installation has received recognition from the very inception, by being awarded an Artists Project Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arizona Commission for the Arts in 2000. Once the Lotería Installation project was complete, It began its journey in the heart of Mexico.

The elaborate premier exhibition inauguration was held on Nov.2, 2001 at the Museo de la Ciudad, Santiago de Querétaro, Qro., Mx. and exhibited there until March 2002. It then went on to tour Mexico to the cities of Celaya, Auguas Calientes, and San Miguel de Allende, curated by El Museo de la Ciudad, Qro.

It was especially poignant to begin the tour in Querétaro as this is the home town of the original Lotería game, produced by the Landin family who are the owners of Don Clemente Gallo S.A. de C.V..

Gallo sponsored the inauguration of the Lotería Installation tour in Mèxico. They have been the main resource in providing the historical background information and published the “Nuevo Versión” Lotería game with the artwork from this installation 

to accompany the exhibition tour, and to supply the demand for the game in the American market. Royalties from the sale of the Nuevo Versión Lotería games were donated by the artist to F.A.I. Save the Children Foundation of México.

Gallo sponsored the inauguration of the Lotería Installation tour in Mèxico. They were the main resource in providing the historical background information and published the “Nuevo Versión” Lotería game with the artwork from this installation to accompany the exhibition tour, and to supply the demand for the game in the American market. Royalties from the sale of the Nuevo Versión Lotería games are donated to F.A.I. Save the Children Foundation of México.

The Lotería Installation returned to the States in October 2002 and completed a successful two-year traveling tour throughout the US organized by The Arizona Commission for the Arts. Subsequently, it traveled another 10 years in the US touring to many museums, cultural centers, and universities throughout the United States. 

Opening night at the Bellas Artes, San Miguel De Allende, MX 2003, playing el Nuevo Loteria. The event was organized by Beatriz Bell Jurado and sponsored by FAI Save the Children Foundation, Guanajuato.

Previous Exhibitions

•2010 September – December, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
• 2009 March 6th – April 27th, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI
• 2008 April 23rd – May 23rd Utah Cultural Celebration Cntr, West Valley City, UT
• 2007 October 26 – January 27, 2008, California Center for the Arts Escondido, CA
• 2007 March 17, – April 22, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT
• 2007 December 12th, 2006 – February 4th, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
• 2006 September 1 – November 5, 2006, National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA
• 2006 June 22nd – Aug. 13, 2006, Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX
• 2006 March 6th – March 31, 2006, Weber State University, Ogden, UT
• 2005 July 16th – October 16th, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA
• 2005 April 15th – June 1, Internat. Cultural Center TTU, Lubbock, TX
• 2004 May 7th-June 27th, Ellen Noel Museum, Odessa, TX
• 2004 Jan. 8th – Feb.2nd Tucson Main Library, Tucson, AZ
• 2003 Sept. 29th – November 21st Hope College DePree Art Gallery, Holland, MI
• 2003 July 25th – Aug. 15th Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
• 2001-2002 – Museo de la Ciudad, Santiago de Querétaro, Qro., Mx. It then went on to tour Mexico to the cities of Celaya, Auguas Calientes, and San Miguel de Allende, curated by El Museo de la Ciudad, sponsored by Don Clemente Gallo..

If you would like to exhibit this traveling installation, download PDF requirements here: LTE Requirements

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