September 23, 2008

Museum reception celebrates Latino culture

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Celebrate Latino culture with eyes and ears at University Museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26.

The exhibit reception, included in the Carbondale Community Arts’ “Las Noches de Septiembre” observance, marks the 11th Biennial Exhibit of Latino Art supported by CCA. Encarnacion Teruel, director of Visual Arts, Media Arts and Multi-Arts programs for the Illinois Arts Council, curated the exhibit. Teruel offers a talk about the exhibit beginning at 6:45 p.m.

The reception also honors the Southern Illinois Metalsmith’s Society’ First Annual Form Fabricate and Forge exhibit. SIMS is a registered student organization devoted to artists working in metals. Finally, the reception also marks the Josef Albers’ Formulation, Articulation exhibit, curated by Bob DeHoet, director of education for the museum. Albers is known for his abstract experiments with color, and through color, of space, time and proximity. The exhibit includes responses to Albers’ work from various people on campus.

The reception includes a special performance by tenor Gustavo Flores, featuring poetry by Mexico’s Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz, and flamenco guitar by Sergio Barranco. For more information on this and other “Las Noches de Septiembre” activities, visit the CCA Web site at

Other exhibits currently on display at University Museum include “Winners and Losers: The Presidential Campaign Memorabilia of Jerome M. Mileur” from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and “Kickapoo Artifacts” curated by Mark Wagner of the SIUC Center for Archaeological Investigation.

The reception is free, and so is admission to the museum. Donations, of course, are always welcome. The University Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, closed on Mondays. For more information, visit the museum Web page at