#SRJC Jesse Peter Museum will hosting a reception and artist talk about "The Sacred and the Profane: The Mask as Performance and Art." Chicano artist and #SRJC alumnus Elijah Rentería will join us on Wednesday, October 17th, noon - 2 pm. The exhibit will go through November 7th.
Elijah Rentería is a Chicano artist from Tucson, Arizona, who has been performing since his early childhood and has been making masks for the past seven years. He studied Mask, Melodrama, and Clown at Dell’Arte International School for Physical Theatre and has apprenticed under master mask maker Zarco Guerrero in Mesa, Arizona. Rentería draws much of his inspiration from his mixed European and Mexican American Heritage, as well as the cultural influences and natural beauty of the Southwest. He uses old jewelry and natural objects to decorate his masks, incorporating ideas and elements from different peoples and cultures encountered in his travels. Rentería is a Santa Rosa Junior College graduate and is currently attending UCLA as an Anthropology major. He continues to study masking, create art, and perform at various cultural festivals throughout the Southwest.
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