Carmen Parra: Suave Patria

Since childhood, Carmen Parra (b.1944, Mexico City) was exposed to both colonial and Mesoamerican art, which made a lifelong impression on her. She studied art in Mexico, Italy and England. She has done set design for several plays, and has illustrated a variety of publications. Carmen Parra investigates, examines, creates and re-creates all subjects that passionately thrill her. In Carmen Parra: Suave Patria the artist reveals to us her love of Mexico by way of its symbols, natural wonders and sacred spaces. The royal eagle, the monarch butterfly, the Main (Aztec) Temple and the Metropolitan Cathedral are themes that unify this exhibition.

Opening Reception: 6-8 pm March 20, 2015, exhibition continues in the Rubin & Paula Torres Gallery through August 9, 2015.

Curated by Dolores Mercado

En colaboración con el Consulado General de México en Chicago.

Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE)

Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA)

Funded by:

Chicago Park District. Illinois Arts Council, a state agency

City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Travel provided by Southwest Air

Images: Carmen Parra, Saint John and the Angel/ San Juan y el Ángel, 1997, oil and gold leaf on linen / óleo y hoja de oro sobre lino, 47 ½” x 63”/ 120 x 160cm, Private Collection / Colección privada, Photo: Boris de Swan

Carmen Parra, The Founding of Mexico/ La fundación de México, 2010, oil on canvas/ óleo sobre tela, 70 ¾” x 39 ½”/ 180 x 100 cm, Courtesy of the artist/ Cortesía del artista, Photo: Boris de Swan


Friday, March 20, 2015 to Sunday, August 9, 2015