Free Wednesday Talk: Costuming the Charreada: 1880-present
The Mexican man on horseback emerges as a magnificently attired figure, distanced -- spatially and in style of dress -- from images of other everyday “types” in the art and literature of the 19th and 20th century. Today’s male and female competitors in the events of the charreada appropriate costuming elements drawn from the past. As performance costuming— symbolic of a complex social, political, and art historical past— the individual pieces convey the unbroken trajectory of Mexican equestrianism that continues to the present. Free event.
Roland Rodríguez is a recipient of the 2013 History Scholars Fellowship awarded by the Historical Society of New Mexico and was a contributor to the 2012 edition of Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions discussing the history of the charreada, or Mexican rodeo. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico.