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The Pinata as a Narrative Workshop
October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
This workshop uses a piñata as an object of expression – something to decorate and manipulate to convey a personal narrative or message. Use your creative license to experiment with color, pattern, text, images and objects not commonly found in traditional piñata-making techniques. Alongside the history and folklore of piñatas, artist Diana Benavides will share her own hybrid methods of using this craft for expression and storytelling.
About the Artist: As a child, Diana Benavidez was fascinated with the Mexican craft of piñata making and intrigued by their role in ritual celebrations, especially birthdays. She had her first experience in crafting piñatas using the traditional paper mache process while working in a Mexican dulcería. From there, she discovered ways to playfully transform their meaning by incorporating novel materials, methods of production and themes. Benavidez further displaces the piñata by placing them on pedestals as static objects intended to provoke thought, stripping away their traditional function as hanging objects to be destroyed.
$75 includes workshop + Individual Membership to the Museum