Texas Tech University

PRESS RELEASE
10.26.2017

Texas Tech School of Art Presents
Flooded, Drowned: Ofrendas about Harvey, Irma, and María
for Annual Día de los Muertos Procesión

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech School of Art will be participating in Día de los Muertos Procesión, Lubbock's annual event to explore the history and meaning behind the Mexican holiday. The events will be taking place on Friday, November 3, 2017 starting at TTU Office of International Affairs, 601 Indiana Ave, at 5:30 PM. Landmark Arts will be presenting their portion including a reception from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Art Building. Free and open to the public.

detail view from the ofrenda installation, Flooded, Drowned: Ofrendas about Harvey, Irma, and Maria
detail view from the ofrenda installation, Flooded, Drowned: Ofrendas about Harvey, Irma, and María

Flooded, Drowned: Ofrendas about Harvey, Irma, and María commemorates a year that has been marked by a number of tragic natural disasters. Irma, Harvey, and Maria each brought catastrophic damage to both the landscapes and people of America and continues to impact the lives of Americans as they attempt to recover and regather. This year, the Landmark Arts graduate and undergraduate student assistants, Carolina Alamilla, Jeramiah Macha, Sarah Spomer, and John Ryan Gallegos, collaborated to remember those who lost their lives, homes, and memories with our interpretative ofrenda series. The three distinct ofrendas appear as though found in the remains of a flooded dwelling, and each "room" offers a different perspective via color and materials. The gathering of objects represents both the physical and material goods that often are abandoned during natural disasters but remain to hold meaning, even mundane meanings, to its owners. Each "room" represents a storm, a passage of life, and what remains, and invites viewers to look over the objects and think about what these types of things mean. Photographs, dolls, furniture, appliances, and more are gathered here in offering for all of those who have experienced loss to these storms.

Gallery hours are 8 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM Saturdays, and 12 – 4 PM Sundays. The TTU School of Art is located at 3010 18th Street (near the corner of 18th St. and Flint Ave). Paid parking is available on the 4th Floor of the Flint Avenue Parking Facility. Parking is free on weekends. Admission to the School of Art Galleries is free.

Landmark Arts exhibitions and speaker programs in the Texas Tech University School of Art are made possible in part with a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock. Additionally, we thank the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts and Dean Noel Zahler for the support provided for programs in the School of Art.

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