The rest were visitors strolling Macedonio Alcala, the walking avenue between the Zocalo and Santo Domingo Church, and roaming vendors selling everything from fragrant azucenas that only bloom at night to ice cream and hair decor.
The perpendicular and parallel side streets are filled with pop-up outdoor food stands where you can get tortillas cooked on a comal any way you like them.
A must-see art exhibit at Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca across from Santo Domingo Church opened last night. A crowd of visitors and locals packed the galleries to see some stunning lithography and the beer flowed.
Mexico’s art is usually wrapped in social and political commentary and this exhibition is no exception. Here artist-illustrator Artemio Rodriguez paints the Virgin of Guadalupe on a shovel and the eagle on a cactus with a snake in its mouth, symbol of nationhood, on a wheelbarrow. Is this irreverent?
Images of farm workers and the iconic Porfirio Diaz, president/dictator, offer us visual contrast between poverty and poverty, honor and corruption. Art here is something to chew on, not for matching with furniture and color palette.
Of course, shopping is King and Queen, and you can find some of the best Oaxaca artisans from many villages here in Oaxaca this time of year.
WHERE? At pop-up art and folk art Expoventa shows throughout the city:
- Las Bugambilias B&B, Calle Reforma 402, jewelry, textiles, art
- San Pablo Academic & Cultural Center, Independencia, textiles
- Macedonio Alcala near Santo Domingo Church
- Folk Art Tianguis at the Feria de Mezcal, Llano Park
- Tonight, Saturday only, at IAGO, Instituto Artes Graphicas de Oaxaca on Macedonio Alcala