Artist Talk: Francisco Mora

Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 6 – 7:30 pm

1635 W. Saint Paul Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233

Mexican-American artist and educator, Francisco Mora will lead a talk and discussion on Mexican visual art, touching on Muralism, The Rupture of the 50's and 60's, and the School of Oaxaca. This talk will also highlight the art of Alejandro Santiago, featured in our current exhibition (Carve, Cast, and Coil), and touch on his work centered around migration.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here:
**Parking is available in the lot to the east of the building. Additional parking is on 17th Street and St. Paul Avenue.

About Francisco Mora (b. 1952)

Francisco Mora was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. He went to school at the Superior School of Fine Arts, La Esmeralda INBA Mexico City, Mexico. He studied under Arturo Estrada, a former student of Frida Kahlo, and later went to the Popular School of Fine Arts, University of Michoacán, Mexico. Between 1971 and 1975, Mora worked for the National Center for Conservation of Art where he was the assistant to the cleaning and restoration of the Murals by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jose C. Orozco. He moved to the United States in 1979 where he still lives and works. Since 1990, Mora has been involved with literature and education programs for children and has published more than 20 books and textbooks. Work by Mora is in The Warehouse's permanent collection.

About Alejandro Santiago (b. 1964 - d. 2013)

Born in Teococuilco de Marcos Pérez in Oaxaca, Mexico, Alejandro Santiago was a celebrated interdisciplinary artist. Known for his larger-than-life determination, Santiago studied at the Centro de Educación Artística in Oaxaca and trained at the Rufino Tamayo Plastic Arts workshop. In addition to sculpture, Santiago was a successful painter. In addition, His work is present in The Warehouse's collection through his prints, paintings, sculptures,and mixed media works. He passed away unexpectedly at the age of 49. Santiago has left behind a legacy through his most famous work, 2501 Migrantes, a grouping of 2,500 figures representing each of the families who had left Teococuilco for opportunities north, plus 1 more. This work reflects current social and cultural issues of global migration.