Two unique exhibits from Mexican artists open Friday at The Athenaeum in La Jolla

Alberto Blanco
Alberto Blanco

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will host an opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 for two new exhibits: a first-ever retrospective of mixed-media works spanning four decades by renowned Mexican poet and artist Alberto Blanco in “Visual Poetry/Poesía Visual," and an interactive photo-assemblage by Tijuana-born commuter student Omar Pimienta.

At the event, a time-lapse camera will be set up to record the comings and goings of visitors. Both exhibitions take part in the conceptual and graphic work involved in creating artists’ books and poetry.

The exhibits will be open to public viewing Feb. 19 through March 26. A

special lecture with artist Alberto Blanco is set for 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. Admission is free.

According to Athenaeum press materials, Blanco’s mixed-media works focus on the creative crossovers between varying disciplines — including literature, music, sculpture, photography, video, and installation. Born in Mexico City in 1951, Blanco is considered one of Mexico’s finest poets. He is the recipient of numerous grants, including a Fulbright in 1991, a Rockefeller in 1992, an Octavio Paz Grant for Poetry in 2001, and a Guggenheim in 2008.

His work includes poetry, essays, artist’s books, translations, and anthologies—many of which have become the subject of various master’s and doctoral theses.

Beyond his contributions to the literary field, Blanco has also played an important role in the visual arts. He is an art critic whose essays have been collected into two volumes; he produced a series on contemporary Mexican art, televised in Mexico.

A well-respected artist in his own right, he has collaborated with other artists, and his paintings have been exhibited in national galleries. His collages have been published in numerous journals, and his artist’s books intertwine poetry and line. His background in chemistry, Asian studies, and music inform his work, which includes books for children.

If you go:


Two exhibits – Alberto Blanco's  “Visual Poetry/Poesía Visual," and an interactive photo-assemblage by Omar Pimienta


10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays; to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; closed Sundays and Mondays.


Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1009 Wall St. La Jolla


Free for the opening reception, exhibition, and Blanco lecture


(858) 454-5872.



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