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      Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States in Poughkeepsie


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      June 3, 2020

      Wednesday  10:00 AM (on various days)

      124 Raymond Ave
      Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0002

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      Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States

      Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Temporary Exhibition Galleries

      The word retablo, from the Latin retro tabulum (behind the alter table), originally referred to devotional paintings hung in Catholic churches in Europe. In Mexico, reflecting traditions embedded in local cultures by Spanish conquest beginning in the sixteenth century, retablo came to denote a small oil painting on metal placed on the wall of a shrine or church.

      Retablos are thank you notes to the heavens dedicated to Christ, the Virgin, or saints to consecrate a miraculous event. The votives in this exhibition - spanning the entirety of the twentieth century - were offered by Mexican migrants and their families to commemorate the dangers of crossing the border and living in the United Sates. Filled with emotive detail, they eloquently express subjects of great concern to the migrants, such as the difficulty of finding work or falling sick in a foreign land and the relief of returning home.

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      Francine Brown

      frbrown@vassar.edu
      (845) 437-5237

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      The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

      Categories: University & Alumni

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