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Piñatas: The High Art of Celebration

Craft in America Center / Los Angeles / Art

What is more celebratory than a piñata? It conceals hidden gifts, needs to be cracked open, and often has an eccentric exterior. In antiquity, the objects were religious, used for Aztec ceremonies addressing the god Huītzilōpōchtli. In Mexico, the tradition began in the 14th century, in the town of Acolman, a few hours north of Mexico City. This show focuses on the art of the homemade piñata, and brings together traditional and reinvented forms. Fantastical beasts by Roberto Benavidez hang from the ceilings, remote control cars by Diana Benavidez line the gallery spaces, and performative piñatas address Latinx discrimination. For the first time, the piñata is elevated from a simple delight to an object of historical significance—ephemeral, yes, but an art that has entertained through the centuries. —E.C.

Craft in America Center 8415 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
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