Latino Arts
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Latino Arts’ Inc. Embraces Fall 2018 Season

Arts Organization Showcases Latino Culture, History and Talent

By - Sep 12th, 2018 09:01 am

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (October 2018) – Latino Arts Inc. is gearing up to launch their fall 2018 season of art and entertainment. The exhibitions and performances you see at Latino Arts will showcase culture, history and amazing talent, with a delightful exploration of the Latino culture.

The Latino Arts Gallery opens with the installation of Hombres de Arcilla (Men of Clay) by Alberto Villalobos. This project honors the memory of the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero as well as recognizes the thousands of missing journalists, activists, and political prisoners in Mexico. The fall season would not be complete without our signature event, the annual Día de los Muertos Ofrendas exhibit. The exhibit will include ofrendas displaying the loved ones of local, regional, and international artists who have passed away. Latino Arts Gallery wraps up the season with the exploration of the life and relationship of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Diego Y Frida: A Smile Halfway through the Journey will include a collection of photographs from the Mexican Consulate of Milwaukee as well as a selection of works from local artists inspired by Kahlo and Rivera.

The Auditorium at Latino Arts will journey through Mexico’s music, time and place with the traditional music of Tlan – Huicani, in their indigenous language of Nahuatl. Latino Arts also keeps things local this fall with Cache MKE. The Latin Music Ensemble has been performing in the Midwest for over 20 years and will thrill the audience with a special holiday performance, Cache Navideño, which will feature Latin American roots and flair!

To see or hear a preview of an upcoming exhibition or performance in the Gallery or Auditorium, visit


Tlen Huicani
Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Latino Arts Auditorium

Along with their traditional costumes and instruments, a concert with Tlen-Huicani is like taking a journey through Mexico’s music, time, and place. The singers, in their indigenous Indian language of Nahuatl, Tlen-Huicani make the beautiful “harpa jarocha” or folk harp, the centerpiece of their music. Since 1973, their music and international achievements have earned the honor of ‘Best Folk Group in Mexico’ by the Union of Music and Theater Critics. In 2013 the governor of Veracruz honored them for 40 years of service to the development of the cultural landscape of Veracruz.

Student Matinees: Thursday, November 1 & Friday, November 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Cache Navideño 
Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Latino Arts Auditorium

Cecil Negron and Latin Musical Ensemble Cache MKE has been performing in the Midwest for over 20 years, making a major impact on the local and regional Latin music scene. With rich vocal harmonies, and a wide variety of navideño music with Latin American roots and flair, Cache will thrill audiences in this special holiday performance!

Student Matinees: Friday, December 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets available at

Advance tickets prices are available until 3 p.m. the day of the show. The box office is closed from 3 – 5 p.m. on performance days. General $15 (advance) / $20 (door). Seniors (age 60+) $10 (advance) / $15 (door). Full-Time Students $10 (advance) / $15 (door). Students (in groups of 10+) $8 per student. Dinner & a Show $25 (advance) / $30 (door) Beverage and gratuity not included. Advanced Reserved Seating $30 (advance purchase only).


Hombres De Arcilla by Alberto Villalobos
September 7 – October 12
Gallery Reception: Wednesday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Villalobos’ project, “Hombres de Arcilla” (Men of Clay), is a collection of handmade clay masks that honor the memory of the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero as well as recognize the thousands of missing journalists, activists, political prisoners in Mexico. “The mask as a symbol in my work honors my Mexican heritage. In Mesoamerican cultures, masks had a strong connection with rituals of life and death. To me, clay represents the fragility of life, yet the resilience of the human spirit,” expresses Villalobos.

Villalobos is also co-founder of the award-winning musical group Villalobos Brothers, based in New York City. Currently, he is on the staff of the Latino Arts Strings fulfilling his desire to share his love of cultural arts with the next generation.

Día de los Muertos Ofrendas Group Exhibition
October 26  – November 16
Opening Reception: Friday, November 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember, and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades.

In addition to local artists and organizations who share their artistic interpretations of the tradition, this year’s exhibit will feature a special photography collection on loan from the Mexican Consulate of Milwaukee, La Muerte en La Piel by Mauricio Silerio. These photographs depict scenes from the traditional celebrations in Mexico.

Diego Y Frida: A Smile Halfway Through the Journey
December 7 – February 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Featuring a collection of photographs from the Mexican Consulate of Milwaukee, which take an intimate look at the life and relationship between legendary artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as seen through the lens of some of the most notable photographers of their time, including Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Guillermo Kahlo, Leo Matiz, Nickolas Muray, Edward Weston, and Guillermo Zamora.

A selection of works from local artists inspired by Kahlo and Rivera will complement the photographs, bringing the modern day influence of these artistic legends to life!
A group exhibition by local artists will parallel this exhibit.

Exhibitions in the Latino Arts Gallery are open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a suggested donation of $1 per person. Guided tours also available with reservation.

All of our exhibits include a unique “Café con Arte” event with our Managing Artistic Director, who will guide visitors on an in-depth discussion and tour of the exhibition.

Dates:   Hombres De Arcilla – October 4, 9-10 a.m.
Die de Los Muertos – November 15, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Fiego Y Frida – January 24, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Educational Workshops and Activities

Día De Los Muertos Workshop
November 5, 6, 7, & 8, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Students will learn about the history of Dia de los Muertos while creating their own papier-mâché skulls! Led by Latino Arts Managing Artistic Director, Jacobo Lovo, this workshop combines arts and culture and brings Dia de los Muertos to life for students!

Registration required. $8 per student. Gallery tour included

For more information, visit the “For Teachers” page on

Pinto Con Tinto: Sugar Skulls
November 8, 2018, 5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

Join us and decorate your 3D sugar skulls to take home while enjoying wine and tapas with friends and fellow artists! Don’t miss this opportunity to bring Dia de los Muertos to life with us!

The Latino Arts Auditorium & Gallery are located in the United Community Center at 1028 South 9th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204.

About Latino Arts, Inc.
With roots going back more than 25 years, Latino Arts, Inc. was formally established in 1997. Since then, the organization has brought cultural awareness, artistic and educational experiences, and a diversity of Hispanic artists from throughout the Spanish-speaking world to share their talents with the greater Milwaukee community. More information is available at

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