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Art & Migration in the Age of Globalization

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Art & Migration in the Age of Globalization celebrates the labors of Shinzaburo Takeda, a Japanese master painter and printmaker who has lived in Mexico for nearly fifty years and, as a professor of art and chair of the art department at the University of Oaxaca, has trained several generations of Mexican artists, many of them indigenous Zapotecs and Mixtecs. This project features an art exhibition and a series of related activities—including a film screening, a panel discussion, and the publication of a catalogue.

With art as the main prism, taken up through an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach, this project explores issues relevant to our increasingly globalized society: identity, “authenticity,” hybridity, interculturalism, tradition vs. modernity, the artist as migrant, the social role of the artist in a transnational reality.

The exhibition, Art & Migration: Takeda and His Disciples /Arte y Migración: Takeda y sus Discípulos, will be on view at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery  from June 26 – July 20, 2012. It gathers 24 pieces that are representative of the work done by Shinzaburo Takeda and twelve of his most accomplished disciples, current and former students: Iván Bautista, Edith Chávez, Irving Herrera, Fulgencio Lazo, Francisco López Monterrosa, Jesús Mena Amaya, Ixrrael Montes, Israel Nazario, Fernando Olivera, Alberto Ramírez, Rolando Rojas, and Alejandro Santiago.  

Most prominent among Takeda’s students are Fulgencio Lazo and Alejandro Santiago. Lazo has lived and worked in Seattle for the last twenty years while exhibiting his work in the U.S., Japan, and Mexico. Santiago has been broadly recognized for many years and recently became an international celebrity with his monumental project, 2501Migrants, for which he created 2,501 life-size sculptures as homage to each individual migrant who has left his native village of Teococuilco, Mexico.

Project Events

  • A panel discussion, "Art, Indigenous Communities and Migration in the Age of Globalization"
  • A film screening, 2501 Migrants: The Journey (dir. Yolanda Cruz, 2010)
  • An art exhibition and opening reception, Art & Migration: Takeda and His Disciples

More Information

For information on events coordinated through Art and Migration in the Age of Globalization, visit the American Ethnic Studies calendar.

Year of Funding

2012 - 2013


Organizers and Collaborators

Lauro Flores (American Ethnic Studies)