IMAGE: Justin Favela, Regeneración, 2019. Courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.
SANTA CRUZ—Public art and piñatas collide in this immersive recreation of a beloved Santa Cruz mural. Learn about the impact and cultural significance of public art in Latinx culture in artist Justin Favela’s recreation of Santa Cruz artist and Professor Eduardo Carrillo’s iconic 1976 mural, Birth, Death, and Regeneration at Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH). Become immersed in Justin’s signature large scale piñata style as thousands of tiny pieces of tissue paper take over the room. With the help of local Latinx community members who helped create the original artwork, Justin has reimagined this iconic mural in this immersive, site-specific art installation. The original mural celebrated Mexican culture and called into question the incarceration of Chicanos at the nearby Santa Cruz County Jail, the site where the MAH currently stands today. Carillo’s mural was whitewashed three years after it was finished. This exhibition and related programs celebrate Carillo’s legacy and lasting impact on the Santa Cruz community. July 5, 2019—November 10, 2019 Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History 705 Front Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 This project is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant.