Nov 7th 2017

Zona Abierta
Public Art Projects as a Tool for Mexican Cultural Diplomacy

Presented by the UIC Latino Cultural Center and UNAM Chicago

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Renato Gonzáles Mellon as he highlights how artistic projects, particularly mural paintings, served as a tool for Mexican diplomacy during the 20th Century, and was used to mediate relations with the United States and several European countries. This discussion will lead us to consider how artistic expressions in urban public space can foster intercultural dialogue today within major ideological differences.

Dr. Renato González Mello has a PhD in Art History (UNAM, 1998). From 1989 to 1992 he acted as a curator for the collection of the Museo Carrillo Gil in Mexico City, which permitted him to specialize in the work of the Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco. Currently a teacher and researcher at Mexico’s National University, he was guest curator for the exhibition José Clemente Orozco in the United States, held at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.

FREE admission and refreshments

This program is co-sponsored by the UIC Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Program.

For more info, please call (312) 996-3095 or visit us at All audiences are welcome to join us at this program. Captioning, ASL Interpretation and Audio-Description services will be available upon request by contacting the number above.

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