The University of Arizona's Center for Latin American Studies, together with Galeria la Sirena, presents Guatemalan artist Carlos Chavez.
Chavez is visiting Tucson for an exhibition and a series of events promoting Hispanic Heritage Month and the center's study abroad program in Guatemala.
The exhibit opened Saturday at Galeria la Sirena, an art gallery specializing in Latino and Caribbean art located at 2905 E. Broadway Blvd. The exhibition will run through Oct. 1.
Chavez, who has been called one of the most representative voices of contemporary Mayan art, will speak at the UA at 2 p.m. on Friday, discussing how his indigenous identity and historical memory influence his work. The talk will be held in the UA Communication building, Room 206.
The center also will host a faculty and student viewing and the opportunity to meet the artist at Galeria la Sirena on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"Chavez's work has been shown in Europe, Japan and the U.S. Although deeply rooted in his native Mayan tradition and symbolism, as well as the painful history of his country and people, Chavez's work is surprisingly universal in its accessibility. While his paintings manifest the pain and anguish felt by Mayan communities for centuries, it also conveys the hopes and dreams of his people," said Colin Deeds, program coordinator for the UA's Latin American Studies program.
Chavez also will appear alongside Linda Green, UA associate professor of anthropology, on Sept. 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Galeria La Sirena at a benefit for the Guatemalan Acupuncture and Medical Aid Project. During the event, Green will present "The Condition of Guatemalan Women Today." There is a suggested donation of $20 to attend this benefit event.