Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling commissioned a new mural by Alum Justin Favela

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Oct. 27, 2018


Recuérdame, a new mural by Las Vegas-based artist Justin Favela, commissioned by Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, is a celebration of Mexican history and culture through the lens of landscape.

Organized by guest curator Petrushka Bazin Larsen, Favela’s murals take visitors on a phantasmagoric adventure, rending the Mexican landscape in piñata-cut tissue paper. From the imagery found in Jose Maria Velasco’s expansive 19th-century canvases, to Walt Disney’s 1944 live-action animation film The Three Caballeros and 2017 Pixar animated film Coco, Favela covers over 1,000 square feet of the Museum in a full array of chromatic hues. The result is a larger-than-life immersive environment that recalls some of Favela’s memories of driving through Mexico’s countryside during his visits as a child, as well as contemporary cinematic references that were created for both Latin-American and non-Latin-American audiences to celebrate and exoticize Mexican culture.

Justin Favela: Recuérdame will be on view from October 17, 2018 through September 8, 2019 This exhibition will be accompanied by a host of storytelling programs and artmaking activities inspired by the artist’s use of materials, a celebration of Mexican culture and the delight affiliated with piñatas.

The show is mentioned in this NEW YORK TIMES article.