Museo de las Americas Fall Exhibition Features

the Fairy Godmothers of Contemporary Latina Art


We are the guardians of the language and culture.  We watch over the dreams, aspirations and fears of our communities.  We are sisters, mothers, grandmothers and lovers.  We carry the stories and the “chismes” of the day just to keep life going.  We are the source and the light. We are invisible in the eyes of the powerful.  We are disposable for some yet indispensable for all.

Curator, Maruca Salazar

Museo de las Americas announces their fall exhibition, Las (H)adas, featuring site-specific installations by five Colorado Latina artists, Judy Miranda, Ana María Hernando, Jessica Luna (+), Arlette Lucero, and Meggan DeAnza.  The exhibition will run from October 12, 2017 – January 14, 2018.  The opening reception will be at Museo de las Americas at 861 Santa Fe Drive on Thursday, October 12 from 6 – 9 pm.

We want to celebrate local Chicana artists who have been working in their communities as activists, educators, and artists for the last 30 years.  In hopes to provide a platform for a dialogue to strengthen the ideas surrounding women of color.  Museo will be immersed by large-scale installations that depict the multifaceted identities of women. We are also collaborating up with the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence in creating a community installation of butterflies where women will share their stories of struggle and perseverance.

“What role do you want to play?” asks artist Judy Miranda.  Her Guadalupe and Juan Diego Selfie Station engages the viewer to embody what it might be like to be Guadalupe in the year 2017.  Her panels depict a scene of a fair away land to be the backdrop of your social media interface.  Leave a message, create a #, insert emojis, and play out the past through a new lens.

Jessica Luna is an artist, activist and mother of a long line of creative individuals that have contributed to the Chicano arts for decades.  She has since past and with the support of her children Bob, Susan, and Danny Luna her handmade collection of dolls come to life to reveal a stich of her legacy.    The plush dolls embedded with vivid fabric paints, intricate embroidery, and dazzling embellishments tell the story of the women that have passed through Luna during encounters of her rich fulfilled life.

There are many corners one may find themselves sitting in from time to time.  Megan De Anza will stage houses to represent the many emotions a woman undergoes as she travels to reach the height of their self-discovery.  Each house: love, violence, transformation and peace start to evoke the question, how do we compartmentalize the 4 pieces that build the frame of our heart?

Ana María Hernando is known for her large-scale installations using pattern, embroidery, and fabric to emphasis the work often done by women.   While working with cloistered nuns of Argentina and petticoat designers in Peru, Hernando will create The Ñusta of the Huaypo. According to the indigenous people of Peru, a Ñusta represents the feminine water spirit carried through the dual identity of the Andes Mountains.

Like all of these other women, Arlette Lucero is no stranger in working within multiple mediums.  For this exhibition she will add another layer of history to the many murals that have dipped onto Museo’s walls.  She stands out with her rich colors, strong symbolism and representations of powerful Chicano iconography.


Exhibition Events and Programming

October 12: Opening Reception, Las (H)adas 6:00 – 9:00 pm

October 13
: Conversación Contacto: Meet Las Adas 6:00 – 8:00pm
Judy Miranda, Ana María Hernando, Susan Luna (on behalf of the late Jessica Luna), Meggan DeAnza,  and Arlette Lucero the artists of Las (H)adas will all be in house to share their stories behind their dedicated art practice that redirects our attention to the women in our lives.

October 20: ConnectArte: Conversación con los Muertos, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Did you know that Museo is haunted?  Staff will share their stories of unexplained encounters with the ghosts that have been running around the museum walls for decades.

November 3: First Friday, Día de los Muertos, 5:00 – 8:00 pm (Denver Arts Week)
Every year this event is celebrated to remember loved ones who have passed and celebrate the eternal journey of death.  An altar is presented that includes motifs that are connected with the Mexica, who were the Indigenous people of Mexico, known as the rulers of the Aztec Empire.  Special treats like pan de muerto and sugar skulls will be served as a way to connect with the rituals surrounding Día de los Muertos.  Participants can also enjoy an Aztec Dance of the Dead

November 17: ConnectArte: Mercado de Navidad, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
A holiday art market featuring modern handmade craft shopping, art exhibitions, vintage, live art, and art activities made by la gente. The market acts as a gateway to highlight local brown-owned entrepreneurs. At Mercado de Navidad you’ll find an artfully curated shopping experience of handmade and vintage shopping, art, craft workshops, and fun times! Our goal is to create a super fun setting in which artists can earn a living and shoppers can find products that they’ll love for a lifetime.

November 23-25: Museo closed for Thanksgiving