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New Exhibition 'Mexican Art from Outsiders to Contemporary' Features Works from the Collection of History Professor Randy Hanson

NEW LONDON, N.H., Jan. 24, 2011 - The Fine and Performing Arts Department at Colby-Sawyer College presents the exhibition “Mexican Art: From Outsiders to Contemporary,” featuring the collection of Professor of History, Society and Culture Randy Hanson.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery of the Sawyer Fine Arts Center. All are welcome and the event is free. The exhibition will continue through March 1.

As part of the college's Artist and Scholar Lecture Series, Professor Hanson will discuss “Mexican Art from Outsiders to Contemporary” on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Art Gallery. Hanson, an expert on Mexican culture and history, draws on his years of experience and travel in Mexico and his interest in the arts for this illuminating presentation. Admission is free.

The exhibition features internationally renowned engraver Sergio Sanchez Santamaria, who describes his work as contemporary Mexican art and studied with prominent artists such as Adolfo Mexiac, Alberto Beltran and Luis Nishizawa. Sanchez Santamaria, of Tlayacapan, Morelos, in Mexico, finds inspiration in classical Mexican engravers Guadalupe Posada and Leopolda Mendez, and the German painter and printmaker Albrect Dürer, as well as more modern artists Käthe Schmidt Kollwitz, a German painter, printmaker and sculptor, and Austrian artist Kolomon Moser. He has exhibited his “Ex Libris” work internationally, and his engravings, including portraits of prominent Mexicans, have appeared in many books.

The show also highlights the paintings of the Lorenzo family from the Mexican village of Xalitla in a mountainous region of Guerroro. The collection includes the works of Lucas Lorenzo, his daughter Socorro, and three sons, Aureliano, Jesus and Nicholas. In the folk art tradition of their region, using vibrant colors on hardboard, the Lorenzos depict Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the saints and other religious icons, along with Mexican heroes and legends, often in rural settings.

The exhibition represents part of the collection of Professor Randy Hanson, who has studied, taught and travelled extensively in Mexico. Hanson, who joined Colby-Sawyer College in 1996, is chair of the Social Sciences and Education Department and holds the David H. Winton Endowed Chair. A graduate of Washington University and Indiana University, Professor Hanson teaches classes in modern Mexico, U.S. history, America in the 1960s, and revolutions and revolutionaries. His other areas of expertise include the Catholic Church and religion in Mexico and Latin America; Mexican History, colonial to present; and women in Latin America.

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