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The Evolution of Mexican Art: From Olmec to Today


Thursday, February 24, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

The Evolution of Mexican Art: From Olmec to Today

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The Evolution of Mexican Art:

From Olmec to Today

Panel discussion and tequila tasting




ArtPoint invites you to learn more about the oldest civilization of the Americas: the Olmec. Known for their iconic and sophisticated artistic style, the Olmec flourished in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco between 1400 and 400 BC, corresponding with the Golden Age of Greece. 


The Olmec are best known for the creation of colossal heads carved from giant boulders that have fascinated the public and archaeologists alike. The monumental heads remain among ancient America's most awe-inspiring masterpieces. The exhibition Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico at the de Young reveals new scholarship on Olmec culture and artifacts, as it brings together new finds and monuments including many that have never been shown in North America.


Our evening will begin with a cocktail reception, tequila tasting, and Mexican buffet at 6:30pm.  The discussion will start at 7:30pm.



Karina Hodoyán received her PhD from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Stanford University. Her areas of focus include Mexican, Border and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies, with an interest in Feminist and Urban Studies.



Raul Cabra is Senior Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts, where he teaches design as a tool for social interaction and change. He is also director of the Oax-i-fornia project in Oaxaca, Mexico, a program designed to broaden creative opportunities for artisans and provide longevity to traditional techniques in contemporary world markets. 


Mexican-born painter Ana Teresa Fernandez holds a master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited internationally in Mexico and South Africa.


Favianna Rodriguez is an artist-entrepreneur who has helped foster resurgence in political arts both locally and internationally. Named by the Utne Reader as a "leading visionary artist and change maker," Rodriguez is renowned for her cultural media projects dealing with social issues.



Thursday, February 24, 2011

6:30-9:00 pm



Mexican Consulate

532 Folsom St (Between 1st and 2nd Streets)
San Francisco


Arta Tequila  Galvan Family Cellars  Anchor Steam Beer




Dana Castro, Nicole Ward


Please note: No one under the age of 21 will be admitted. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.


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Mexican Consulate
532 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Thursday, February 24, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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ArtPoint is a group of young professionals that supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park. Our members enjoy an annual program of exhibition-related lectures, gallery parties, and museum galas. Proceeds support exhibitions and programs at the museums.



ArtPoint's Annual Gala Host Committee

Bob Aspell

Steve and Lydia Bergman

Amanda Bradford

Betsabe Botaitis

Liana Burtsava

Jackie Cartwright

Daniel Chen

Alexander Hsu

Arlene Kim

Kelly Krueger

Blake Mason  

Richard Mumby

Josh Rasmussen

Ian Ross and Daniele Rocha

Mitch Schneider

Sheila Warren

Wendy Willbanks

S.B. Hadley Wilson


ArtPoint Board of Directors:

Julie Yarbrough, Chair

Joshua Reynolds, Vice Chair

Chris Clark

Liz Curtis

Patricia Ivancich Dassios

Kate Gorrissen

Jennifer Hagan

Ryan Hoffman 

Melita Jampol

Vadim Nebuchin

Jennifer Orne

Amanda Riley

Kevin Whittaker

Ariane Nalty Zewe


ArtPoint Advisory Council

Dana Castro

Ann Cheney

Gary Coover

Angelos Dassios

Ali Grosslight

Kelly Hochman

Ryan Jones

Ayelet Konrad

Cameron Phleger

David Saxe

Kati Schmidt

Nicole Ward

Forrest Wittenmeier

Charles Zewe

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