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Exhibit Now Open “Back and Forth: Observaciónes De La Vida"Exhibit Now Open “Back and Forth: Observaciónes De La Vida"<div class="ExternalClass974201A4E75148DB9AB9ADCB0F6D0D69"><p>"Back and forth: Observaciónes de la vida," which highlights Mexican folk art and prints by Mexican-American artists in the City of Phoenix art collection, opens Monday, November 14, at The Gallery @ City Hall, 200 W. Washington St. The exhibition features 34 works by 33 artists from throughout Mexico and the American Southwest.</p><p> </p><p>The folk art comes from the City's Mexican Folk Art Collection, and the <em>Movimiento Artistico del Rio Salad</em>o (M.A.R.S.) Mexican-American Print Series. The folk art celebrates the diverse ways in which contemporary Mexican artists and artisans have tapped the vibrant craft traditions of Mexico to create beautiful common objects. The prints reveal the unique ways Mexican-American artists of the 1980s and 1990s employed popular themes and struggles to challenge expectations about their identity and art. </p><p> </p><p>The Mexican Folk Art Collection has over 150 objects purchased or commissioned from Mexican artists in the early 1990s. They range from candelabras and combs to masks, ceramics, tapestries and <em>papier maché</em> figures. The Phoenix Public Art Program commissioned the collection in 1991 for display at the Ironwood Public Library. </p><p> </p><p>The Mexican-American Print Series was produced between 1985 and 2000 by the Phoenix artist collective <em>Movimiento Artistico de Rio Salado</em> (M.A.R.S.), and has become an important resource for the study of late 20<sup>th </sup>Century Chicano Art in the Southwest. Several prints are on loan from the Phoenix Airport Museum and a private collection.</p><p> </p><p>Located on the ground floor of City Hall, The Gallery @ City Hall is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is operated by volunteers and supported by private contributions from businesses and residents throughout the city and region. To join the Gallery docent corps, volunteers must be at least 18 years old and undergo a background check. Selected volunteers will participate in a three-hour training program to learn about the gallery exhibits and works in the Phoenix Municipal Art Collection. To apply online, <a href="http://phoenix.gov/residents/community/volunteer/index.html">visit the Volunteer website</a> or call 602-262-4637. </p><p>Celebrating its 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary in 2016, The Phoenix Public Art Program was established by the Phoenix City Council to advance the growth and development of the city's arts and cultural community. For more information, <a href="http://phoenix.gov/arts/index.html">visit the Office of Arts and Culture website</a>. Follow the Office of Arts and Culture on Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Phxofficeofartsandculture">www.facebook.com/Phxofficeofartsandculture</a> and Twitter @phxarts_culture.<br> <br></p></div>11/14/2016 7:00:00 AMMatt HamadaChristina Park602-262-6213