Works Progress Austin: Casta by Adrienne Dawes
August 24th at 7:30pm | August 25th at 4pm and 7:30pm at Hick's House, at the Austin Seminary
Casta is inspired by a series of casta paintings by Miguel Cabrera, a mixed-race painter from Oaxaca. Casta paintings were a unique form of portraiture that grew in popularity over the 18th century in Nueva España/colonial Mexico. The paintings depicted different racial mixtures arranged according to a hierarchy defined by Spanish elites. When a lowly apprentice is commissioned to paint a casta series for a wealthy patron, he tries to conform his work to a set hierarchy. The images revolt, illuminating a complex portrait of fluid Latinx identities. Read more...
Directions to Hick's House at the Austin Seminary (100 E 27th St 78705):
Turn into the Seminary from E. 30th St. It will be a left turn if you're coming from Speedway and a right turn if you're coming from Guadalupe.
Follow the campus road all the way down until it curves left and dead ends. Hicks House will be on the left (you'll see picnic tables & a playground). Park in any of the available spots.