Museum Exhibition In Arizona / by Cody Lee Edison


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     "Vaquero & Charro: An Enduring Legacy," is now open at the Tucson Desert Art Museum in Arizona. Photographs from my series, CA126, are displayed with support from a grant from the Arizona Humanities. The museum curated a selection of local 19th century artifacts to accompany my work from the Arizona Historical Society. The photographs below are from the opening on Friday, December 15. Mariachi Alegres De Tucson, who take pride in teaching the Mariachi bands in Tucson over the last 30 years, played for the event. Traditions of Mexico and America combined for a special evening in Tucson. 

     Six panels are mounted in the exhibition to share the origins & history of Mexican ranchero culture. The information ranges from the Aztecs first encounters with the Spanish Conquistadors, to Mission Indians becoming skilled at all aspects of ranch work, to class and racial Caballero divisions, to the typical Vaquero vernacular that passed on to the cowboy.