Museum PR Announcements News and Information

Eiteljorg Museum Presents Arte en la Charreria

The Eiteljorg Museum presents Arte en la Charreria, open November 13, 2010 – January 16, 2011.

La Charrería has become a symbol of Mexico’s national identity. The exhibit examines the rich artistic traditions of la Charrería, and celebrates the work and skill of the artisans who create the beautiful objects associated with the event.

Similar in many ways to the rodeo in the United States, Charrería is an extremely popular equestrian sport in Mexico. Charros (horsemen) and Charras (horsewomen) compete in a series of events that test skills such as horseback riding and roping. The events of the Charreria developed from ranching and agricultural traditions brought from Spain by conquistadors in the 16th century. Today Charrería is the national sport of Mexico.

The collection exhibited in Arte en la Charrería was started in the late 19th century by Gumaro González. His son, Roberto González expanded the collection as an adult and was an active member of the first Charrería association in Mexico, Nacional de Charros. Roberto’s son, Luis, has continued his father and grandfather’s work by actively seeking extraordinary examples of the art associated with Charrería from throughout Mexico. Over the years, the collection has grown through the work of several generations of the González family.

The exhibit features a variety of men’s and women’s costumes, as well as the saddles, spurs, and ropes used in the Charreria. In addition to objects, the exhibit includes several paintings depicting la Charrería, and video of actual events.

Opening weekend activities will include a mariachi band, demonstrations by local artists, a performance by Anderson Ballet Folklorico, and more.

Image: Montura Alta Eiteljorg Museum

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *