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Exhibit takes intimate look at life in the barrios of the Southwest

September 13, 2010

The ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts presents Louis Carlos Bernal: Barrios, Sept. 14-Oct. 23 at the Northlight Gallery on the ASU Tempe campus.

In Barrios Bernal portrays common Latino cultural events including “quinceañeras” and religious traditions, revealing the intimate lives of American Chicanos in the barrios of Tucson, Texas and New Mexico. The Louis Carlos Bernal: Barrios retrospective was organized after his death in 1993. Prior to his death, Bernal gained international recognition as a photographer who captured the essence of Mexican-American life. Formally a teacher at Pima Community College (PCC) in Tucson, Ariz., Bernal influenced a generation of young photographers. In 2002, PCC dedicated the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery to honor his contribution to the college and the community.

The Louis Carlos Bernal: Barrios retrospective is the first exhibition in a series that features the work of artists focusing their attention on the communities and desert regions of the American Southwest and Mexico. The artists’ images contribute to a continuing exchange, rich with blended cultural traditions, where in recent months social struggle and political wrangling have sparked the attention of the international community.

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The Northlight Gallery is located in room 101 in Matthews Hall on the southeast corner of Tyler and Forest Malls on the ASU Tempe campus. Northlight Gallery hours are 12:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays; 12:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. The Gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays, major holidays and during the summer session.

Liz Allen,
ASU School of Art
Northlight Gallery director
(480) 965-6517