September 11, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) - Flamenco dancing, classical guitar performances and artist demonstrations highlight "Family Day" at the Meadows Museum on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 1-4 p.m. The event celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), the nation's annual tribute to the culture and people of Hispanic countries, and is being held in conjunction with two new exhibitions at the museum showcasing works by Spanish artists.

Activities throughout the afternoon will include informal sketching in the galleries with artist Missy Desmond and a studio art project that lets visitors create their own flags and learn about the symbolism of flags from countries around the world. In addition, artist Cynthia Padilla will offer a demonstration and workshop focusing on the Mexican folk art tradition of retablos, or small paintings of religious figures, and visitors will have the opportunity to create their own retablos based on the images in the Meadows Museum collection. At 1:15 and 2:45 p.m., members of the International Manuel Ponce Society, a group dedicated to promoting works by Hispanic composers, will perform traditional, classical and folk guitar music from Mexico and South America. At 2:00 and 3:30 p.m., the Dallas-based Daniel de Córdoba Bailes Espanoles will showcase the exciting art of flamenco dancing, a centuries-old living tradition from southern Spain. The Córdoba troupe has performed to acclaim in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and on Broadway.

Visitors are also invited to view two special exhibitions at the museum featuring works by Spanish artists. "Spanish Master Drawings from Dutch Collections (1500-1900)" runs through Nov. 9, and "Images of Human Tragedy in Black & White: Etchings by Francisco de Goya and Photographs by Jeffrey Gusky" will continue through January 4, 2004. "Spanish Master Drawings" brings together for the first time virtually all of the Spanish drawings in Dutch public collections, most of which have seldom been exhibited anywhere before. The exhibition traces the development of drawing in Spain from the 16th to the 19th century, and includes rare works by such artists as Bartolomé Murillo, Jusepe de Ribera, Pedro de Mena and Francisco de Goya. "Images of Human Tragedy" juxtaposes the museum's original edition prints from Goya's "Disasters of War" series (1810-1820), which illustrates the horrors of the Napoleonic occupation of Spain, with black-and-white photographs by Jeffrey Gusky documenting haunting modern-day images of the aftermath of the Holocaust in Poland.

Admission to Family Day and the museum exhibitions is FREE. The museum is located at 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Parking is available in the museum's underground garage. Regular museum hours are 10-5 Mon., Tues., Fri. and Sat.; 10-8 Thurs.; and 1-5 Sun. The museum is closed Wednesdays and holidays. For more information, please call the museum at 214-768-2516.