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Holiday Reception // John Patrick Cobb & Nacimientos

Detail of John Patrick Cobb's "Mary As A Child, Her Grandfather Joaquim Guiding"

Detail of John Patrick Cobb's "Mary As A Child, Her Grandfather Joaquim Guiding"

Join us on Friday, December 7th for the opening reception of Chapel Shrine: Paintings by John Patrick Cobb and Nacimientos: Traditional Nativity Scenes from Mexico. Sponsored by el Jimador Tequila, the holiday reception will include tamales from Curra's Grill, buñuelos from La Mexicana, and a special el Jimador ponche. The festivities will feature a mini posada navideña, Veracruz style, by Oaxaca, arte en movimiento and cantos navideños by Los niños de Mi Trova. Make sure to join us for this special holiday celebration. 

Admission: $10 or Free for Museum Members
Parking: $10 at Frost Bank Tower Parking Garage, on the corner of Brazos & 4th St. (enter on 4th St.)

Long admired for his meticulous and exacting approach to painting and his use of old fashioned techniques, Austin artist John Patrick Cobb has created renderings of Biblical imagery for more than three decades. Cobb employs gold leaf and egg tempera, classic methods that date back to Byzantine iconographers, to create paintings of Biblical characters and scenes that resemble early Renaissance portraits. What sets his work apart, however, is the manner he subverts Eurocentric Biblical iconography, centering Mexican and Mexican-American subjects in his particular renderings of Biblical imagery. 

Traditional nacimientos, or nativity scenes, are constructed throughout Mexico during the Christmas season and serve as powerful testaments to the synthesis of Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial beliefs and methods of making. Nativity scenes are made using a diverse range of materials and often depict subject matter that is uniquely Mexican, such as the cacti, livestock, market scenes, and other native plants that are constitutive of Mexico’s landscape and cultural identity. Nacimientos: Traditional Nativity Scenes from Mexico spotlights one of Mexico’s most prominent Christmas Traditions. Visitors will learn about various significant days including Día de la Candelaria, Día de los Inocentes, and Día de los Reyes, the food and drinks associated with the holiday season, and the unique cultural practices like the posada processions that are traditional to Christmas in Mexico.

Earlier Event: November 18
Changarrito: Stephanie Sandoval
Later Event: December 16
Artist Talk with John Patrick Cobb