July 3, 2001

Subject: [AztlanNet: ARTS|LETTERS] No subject was specified.
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 20:57:52 +0000
From: Octavio Romano <oromano@tqsbooks.com>
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CC: Pedro Romero Sedeno <romesedeno@hotmail.com>

Someone wrote a rant against you and all Manitos. He said that the artist of the Naked Virgin was being persecuted. I broke down in tears. Pedro, do you know where I may purchase a used halo? Perhaps I could send her one. Just so it isn't too rusty. Maybe it could be created from the remnants of a used muffler. Do you think the mermaid lover should get one too?

Octavio Romano.


Subject: [AztlanNet: ARTS|LETTERS] Guadalupayasada
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 22:23:48 -0000
From: "Pedro Romero Sedeno" <romesedeno@hotmail.com>
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LA artist Alma Lopez was back in Santa Fe, NM again June 30, this time praising the Museum of New Mexico for "It's really the good heart of the museum to compromise." -THE NEW MEXICAN newspaper p. 1, July 1, 2001.  The "compromise" Lopez refers to is the decision of the museum to take down her work and the CyberArte exhibit in October instead of February of 2002.  From the Albuquerque Journal, July 1: "Staunch critics of 'Our Lady' have found little consolation in the Oct closing date since discovering that the exhibit was originally due to close in October.  Tom Wilson, Museum director confirmed the exhibit was originally scheduled to close in October and then extended in February before objections were raised to the material""      From ALB Journal:  "MORE THAN 500 PROTESTERS MASSED OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM OF INTERNAT'L FOLK ART ON SATURDAY,  JUNE 30 PRESSING FOR REMOVAL OF aLMA LOPEZ 'Our Lady'>.   But speakers at the morning prayer rally were in no mood to compromise.  They blasted Lopez as a     pseudo-artist and called for boycotts against the museum .... "                

Enigueys,  RADIO KSXY and Dr. Picoso was not in attendance (I'm not a practicing Catolico, BUT,  hear ye, hear ye, weberos y weberas duh Aztlan, comfortably tucked away from the Alma-Lopez-propaganda-campaign here in Santa Fe, NM, we raza here in Santa still have to endure Lopez and the Museum's  sophistry of "reconciliation".  The defacing of Our Lady of Guadalupe by the Lopez girlie poster, propped by the transparent artspeak of the dominant culture which has taken Lopez under its wing, is not a dead issue to many in the community here. Some of us were raised as to the true meaning of "respecto" y Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, bendita sea para siempre y que Viva Mejico! Plans are now being strategized to attend Museum Regents meetings to push for Museum reform, including making bilingualism and biculturalism a requirement for museum staff, and etc.etc   Need a job? (I'm sure you have heard it before, as per cultural parity, contextual integrity, "culti-multuralism", cultural amnesia vs. cultural advancement, etc.)  How about institutional racism using cultural amnesiacs and intellectual tourist-artists as hatchet-people against their own raza traditions (Mejicano y Nuevo-Mejicano alike), sacred icons, and traditional cultural identity? A good circus for the dominant culture to enjoy! What's next, Alma Lopez?: Guadalupe-Tonantzin in a clown outfit threesome with La Sirena and Betty Boop (ooh, baby)?   The saga of CyberGuadalupayasada continues......      

-This info provided as a pro-traditional-Lupe community service by Radio KSXY,  rrrrrrahdio que sssexxy!  -a sane voice in the Santa Fe Chicano art community .  "Beware the moving target".


Subject: Our Lady
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 18:27:53 -0600
From: "CLIF JOHNSON" <boltdrft@flash.net>
Organization: Prodigy Internet
To: <almalopez@earthlink.net>


I stand by you and the courage and vision you  have shown.  I'm a married to a barelas girl for over 21 years now. You  have captured  not only her spirit and pride but the spirit and pride of the valley I love, the old kingdom. Please continue you all our sakes. Do you have prints for sale? I would cherise one to remind me of why I love this land.

Thanks, Clif, boltdrft@flash.net


Subject: to alma...
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 19:59:09 -0700
From: Your Name Here <your-username-here@students.wisc.edu>
To: almalopez@earthlink.net

I am very pleased to see the determination of continuing on with art despite the reactions it can cause. I am a Chicana, seventeen years old, with aspirations to be an artist. i can say the Alma Lopez has truly been an aspiration for me. Art is a very important part of my life, and I would also fight for my right to my self-expression. I hope you can write back.

- Marcela O. Garcia, Milwaukee Wi
e-mail: chula-dreamer@migente.com