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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 4, 2002


LATIN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF ART OPENS CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION AT BANK ONE BRANCH IN PILSEN


The Latin American Museum of Art, in partnership with Bank One, will open a month-long exhibition showcasing the work of 10 Chicago-based artistis. The "Mind Abstractions" exhibition will run September 20 through October 20 at Bank One’s Pilsen branch, 2000 W. Cermak Rd. It will be open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

The exhibition showcases a variety of works created by 10 Chicago-based Latino artists who share a cultural heritage that is rich in expressions of myth, spirituality, ritual, symbolism, and beauty.

"On behalf of the Latin American Museum of Art, I wish to thank Bank One for the opportunity to showcase this unique exhibition of contemporary Latin American art," stated Oscar Martinez, curator and President of the Latin American Museum of Art. "We are showcasing a variety of works created by Mario Castillo, Javier Chavira, Maria Enriquez de Allen, Jorge Felix, Alfredo Gonzalez Gonzalez, Eladio Gonzalez, Alberto Gonzalez, Raul Ortiz Bonilla, Paul Sierra and Michele Tuohey."

"The superbly talented artists display their continuing commitment to creating challenging and innovative works through diverse approaches, subject matter and techniques," said Martinez.

In addition, the artists and curator Martinez will hold a gallery talk at the Bank One-Pilsen branch from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.

This exhibition demonstrates the continued commitment by the Latin American Museum of Art and Bank One to reach out to the Latino community.

Background Information: The Latin American Museum of Art is a not-for-profit art organization that was founded in 1989. Its goal is to showcase the cultures of all Latin American and Caribbean countries through the arts. It is a necessary addition to the city’s rich landscape of architectural, artistic, and cultural venues with the basic premise of providing a place where the breath, depth and diversity of the Latino cultures can be communicated, showcased and celebrated. The goal of the exhibition program is to give the Latino community a sense of pride and to expose the public to understanding works of art done by contemporary Latino artists.

Another of the LAMA’s goals is to create partnerships with community organizations, corporations and foundations and give artists the opportunity to share their artwork with the Latino community and beyond.

Bank One serves more than 1 million consumers in the Chicago area through a network of nearly 200 branches – including the Pilsen branch -- and 1,000 ATMs.

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