LOTERIA! Group Show
March 14 - April 8
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 14, 2015 * 6p-10p
LOTERIA! will exhibit fifty-four paintings and mixed media works by 50 artists from 3 continents. La Lotería has been a cornerstone of Mexican culture since the 1800s, and is played like Bingo, only with pictures instead of numbers. The game originated in Italy in the 15th century and was brought to Mexico in 1769. In the beginning, Lotería was a hobby of the upper classes, but eventually it became a tradition at Mexican fairs.
The most famous maker of the card sets nowadays is Pasatiempos Gallo, S.A. de C.V., in the city of Santiago de Querétaro, (Don Clemente, Inc. in the US), which began publishing the game in 1887 when Don Clemente Jacques started to produce the cards. For context, accompanying the contemporary interpretations created for Cactus Gallery will be Don Clemente Gallo's iconic, most commonly recognized standard deck.