920 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Welcoming Lake Street Community Reception for Jacobo & María Ángeles
Join us in welcoming Jacobo & María Ángeles—two national and cultural treasures from San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico at a free reception at Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St. Food and beverages provided. This event will follow Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 safety protocols. Masks will be provided.
At the event, the artists will be introduced to Latinx community leaders, business owners, activists, students, artists and the greater arts community. Jacobo and María will share their own stories and experiences as artists dedicated to preserving Mexican Indigenous practices in their hometown of San Martín Tilcajete. Also in attendance will be the four selected Minneapolis-Latinx artists who will be working closely with Jacobo and María during their residency; Gustavo Lira Garcia, Pablo Helm-Hernandez, Alondra Garza and Gustavo Boada.
Jacobo and María Ángeles are natives of San Martín Tilcajete, a town located about 14 miles from Oaxaca City, and located in the Central Valleys region in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. After many years of working in the fields they developed skills in the tradition of carving wooden ‘tonas’ and ‘nuhales’, also known as ‘alebrijes’. In 1993 they established their workshop or taller, naming it Taller Jacobo y María Ángeles.
Over the years, they have built an international following for their unique style, the craftsmanship and beauty of their work and ability to recuperate Mexican Indigenous cultural practices. Their work is characterized by intricately carved wooden figures and masks featuring Zapotec iconography painted with colors derived from organic and natural pigments made in Oaxaca.
In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, the City of Minneapolis Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy and the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum will host a Mexican Folks Arts Residency to strengthen and elevate the presence of and access to Mexican traditional art forms in Minneapolis. Jacobo and María Ángeles, two national treasures from San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico, are the selected artists who will pass down cultural knowledge to the local community during their residency from Sept. 26 – Oct. 10.
The video below, Taller Jacobo y María Ángeles (2018) introduces their work, philosophy and community.