April 9, 1999

University of San Francisco Exhibits Art Installation Based On Life Of 17th Century Mexican Poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

SAN FRANCISCO - The University of San Francisco will exhibit a mixed media art installation inspired by the life and writings of 17th century Mexican poet, intellectual and nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695) from April 26 through July 25 at the USF Gleeson Library Thacher Gallery.

USF is on Golden Gate Avenue between Parker and Masonic near Golden Gate Park.

Events related to the exhibit titled "First I Dream/ Primero Sueño" include:

April 28 - 5 to 7 p.m. , opening reception at the Thacher Gallery;

April 29 - 7 p.m., screening of "I, the Worst of All," a film about Sor Juana directed by Argentine filmmaker Maria Luis Bemberg in Harney Science Center Room 127;

April 30 - 11 a.m. to completion, marathon reading of Sor Juana's collected works in University Center's Crossroads Cafe (UC First Floor).

The Sor Juana art installation combines the work of artists including Myriam de la Riva, Laura Elenes, Guillermo Gadda, Rosario Giovaninni and Pedro Osorio (from Mexico City); Jeannette Betancourt (from Puerto Rico); and Mia Gonzalez, Mondo Jud Hart, Betsie Miller-Kusz, the Rev. Thomas Lucas, S.J, director of fine and performing arts at USF, José Ramón Lerma and Constance Tell (from San Francisco).

The exhibition is produced by Mondo Corazón with support from the Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Center, Encantada Gallery, the USF College of Arts and Sciences, Modern and Classical Languages Department, Women's Studies Program, CELASA - The Center for Latino Studies in the Americas and the Thacher Gallery. For information, call (415) 422-5979.

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