Culture and Community

James Córdova's San Hipólito sculpture in progress.

Culture and Community

James Córdova is one of four artists who participated in Cuatro [4]: A series of artist interactions. Each of the four artists brought our pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collections to life through their own artistic practice. James used his practice as a santero, an artist who creates images of saints, to activate the collections and help us see the collections in a new way.

Quote from the artist:

“And they just spoke to me. It was a visual language that spoke to me. It didn’t just speak to me, it spoke to the artists who made them. It spoke to a lot of locals who were there to admire and purchase the art. I could see that it was a language that a lot of people could speak and made sense to them. And I knew I was part of that group. In other words, it made me feel like part of a community, a cultural community.”

-James Córdova

Guiding questions:

  • How could you use group time to brainstorm different communities the children feel a part of?

Examples: school community, family community, sports communities, etc.

  • What is an object that would represent one of their communities? If that object could speak, what would it say?
  • What are ways that you “belong” to your community?