The Springfield Museum’s latest exhibit, “Traditional Dress and Mexican Horseman or Charro Equipment Exhibit /Exhibición de Trajes Típicos de México e Indumentaria de Charro”, is opening Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Springfield Museum. The exhibit will run from September 13 to October 26, 2019. This exhibit is a collaboration between the Springfield Museum, Noche Cultural, and Eugene Arte Latino.

Mexico’s modern folk dance tradition and dresses are a blending of elements from its Indigenous, African, and European heritage. Dance and dresses evolved drastically from 1520 to 1750 with the arrival of the Spanish and they continue to evolve. In this exhibit, you can see a variety of modern day dance dresses from different regions of Mexico, mostly from the Southern part of Mexico including Jalisco, Chiapas and Veracruz.

The iconic Charro is representative of “La Mexicanidad” and is known worldwide as unique of Mexico and rightly so. Charreria is the national sport of Mexico and dates back to the 1500s when the Spanish brought horses and cattle. Charreria involves sportsmanship including skillful roping, rope tricks, talented horsemanship, and cattle work. UNESCO has inscribed Charrería as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Charro outfit, adapted from Spain to the Mexican landscape, includes boots, spurs, elaborate hand-sewn pants and shirts, belts, belt buckles, leather chaps, bowties, and the traditional Mexican sombrero. Many artisans in Mexico still make a living in certain aspects of the sport such as saddlery, silversmiths, belt buckle and saddle hardware makers, making sombreros, boots, outfits, riatas and ropes. The women’s participation in the sport symbolizes the role they played during the Mexican Revolution, a reference to the skilled and strategic horsemanship they displayed on the battlefield.

The opening reception will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the Downtown Springfield Second Friday Art Walk on Friday, September 13 at the Museum. There will be light refreshments and live music by Dúo Piel Canela & Mariachi Monumental.

Regular Museum hours are 11-4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. Admission is free! For more information, visit us on Facebook and Instagram, or call 541.726.2300.

What: “Traditional Dress and Mexican Horseman or Charro Equipment Exhibit /Exhibición de Trajes Típicos de México e Indumentaria de Charro” exhibit

When:  On display September 13 to October 26, 2019 with a reception from 5-8 p.m., Friday, September 13

Where:  Springfield Museum, 590 Main Street, Springfield, OR

Additional Information: Madeline McGraw, 541.726.3677 or mmcgraw@springfield-or.gov

 

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