Since 1996 Arturo Avendaņo has been bringing Latin American and Mexican artwork to this one-room gallery in Lincoln Park. Rotating exhibitions cover a range of topic and styles, from photographs of the Mexican revolution to sculpture by Cuban artists. In the back office a dynamic and beautiful print by Mexican master Jose Clemento Orosco was recently on view, though emerging artists are welcome here as well. The range of media includes oil paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, textiles, watercolors, acrylic, paintings, and collages.
"La Llorona," which means the weeping woman, refers to a Mexican tale in which a woman weeps for her children which she killed. As an art dealer who worked in both Mexico City and now in Chicago, Avendano's metaphor for his gallery speaks to the reality that much of Mexico has relocated to the United States. And leaves us with the question, what will Mexico become without its children?
Centerstage Reviewer: Joanne Hinkel