The Arts Bring Us Together in Conversation.
SVMoA takes a unique multidisciplinary approach to programming. Three or four times annually BIG IDEA projects ask timely questions and investigate them through art, music, conversation, and workshops. We believe that by engaging with art through a variety of mediums, we can transform our understanding not only of the arts, but also of history, culture, place, and even ourselves. You can participate in a single event or go deeper, exploring the idea through different lenses.
The arts create dialogue, build connections and help us define our place in the world. Much of SVMoA’s programming is built around themes, or BIG IDEAS, that are relevant to the world today. Topics can be serious or playful but are designed to engage the entire community and get everyone talking. BIG IDEA projects are multidisciplinary in nature—connecting visual art exhibitions, film, lectures, music and classes. BIG IDEAS are often developed in collaboration with other local non-profit organizations and businesses, using expertise from all avenues to explore a subject in depth.
Current BIG IDEA Project
The Mexican Graphic Tradition: Printmaking and the Political
Abril 1 - Junio 8, 2022
Since the late 19th century, artists in Mexico have used printmaking as a tool for disseminating news, sharing political views and celebrating Mexico’s national culture. Throughout the 20th century, Mexico’s printmakers synthesized text and images in prints that documented the events of the Mexican Revolution, promoted socialist ideals (including anti-imperialism), and, during World War II, warned Mexico’s citizens of the dangers of fascism. In other prints, artists honored Mexico’s cultural traditions, from Day of the Dead to folk dances. Inexpensive to make, reproduce and distribute, prints in Mexico have been a popular means for trying to shape public opinion.
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