5 - 9 p.m. August 8, 2014


Our “Murals on Screen” film series with the New Orleans Film Society continues tonight with María Candelaria. In Cafe NOMA, Chef Chris Montero will host another “Artful Palate” cooking demonstration, and in the galleries, Marietta Fernandez Lopez will lead a Spanish language tour of the exhibition “Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.” Plus we’ve got live music by Erin Demastes. Join us!

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by Erin Demastes
  • 6 p.m.: Spanish language tour of Behind Closed Doors with Marietta Fernandez Lopez
  • 6:30 p.m.: “Artful Palate” cooking demo with Chef Chris Montero of café b and Café NOMA
  • 7 p.m.: Murals on Screen: María Candelaria (Xochimilco)

About “Murals on Screen”

This “moving image” summer series aims to showcase the work of Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. His world-renowned cinematography earned him the recognition as the “Fourth Muralist” after Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco. Figueroa, alongside director Emilio Fernández, was responsible for the creation of a visual language and national identity in post-revolutionary Mexico. This film series focuses on his early collaborations with Fernández through the films La Perla and María Candelaria. The series would also include the recent documentary Multiple Perspectives (The Crazy Machine), about Figueroa and his work as a cinematographer.

About María Candelaria (Xochimilco)
(1943, 76 minutes)

Gabriel Figueroa captures the beauty of the Mexican landscape and the depth of human expression in a careful choreography of light and darkness to heighten every moment of this classic romantic tragedy from renowned director Emilio Fernández. Figueroa and Fernández collaborated on twenty-five projects over the course of Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema, many of which starred the enchanting Dolores del Río. Like many of Del Río’s other characters, María Candelaria was a symbol of the perceived innocence and purity of the indigenous Mexican people, which was celebrated time and time again through Fernández’s stories and Figueroa’s romanticizing soft focus. Figueroa’s camera seems to insist on María’s transcendence as she floats along a moonlit pond whose deep grays, blacks, and silvers are themselves an almost unimaginable photographic feat. Winner of Best Cinematography and the Grand Prize at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival, María Candelaria stands as one of the most beloved films in all of Mexican film history and is certainly one of the most aesthetically astounding.

About Marietta Fernandez Lopez

Before moving to New Orleans, Marietta Fernandez Lopez was an Instructor of Art History at Universidad de las Artes (ISA) in Cuba. Having graduated from University of Havana, Facultad de Artes y Letra, she worked as a contributing researcher for the Centro de Estudios del Caribe of Casa de las Americas.

About Erin Demastes

Erin Demastes grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a child she studied classical piano. When she entered Baton Rouge Magnet High school, she began studying jazz with Emmy-winning composer and pianist Mike Esneault. Later, she studied both classical and jazz piano with Dr. Willis Delony, music professor at Louisiana State University. Erin recently graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies and a concentration in piano performance. There she studied under Larry Sieberth, Dr. John Murphy, members of the Thelonious Monk Institute, and guests such as Danilo Perez and Aaron Goldberg. Erin currently plays in the New Orleans area with various groups, jazz and other genres, including her self-titled trio and quartet. Erin has experience with writing and arranging for both small and large ensembles and leads Planet Earth, a group that plays both her and her bandmates’ original compositions. Erin teaches private piano lessons and theory classes at the Loyola Preparatory Program and St. George Episcopal School. Additionally, she is employed as the accompanist and choir director at the Chinese Presbyterian Church in Kenner, Louisiana and is an accompanist for the Loyola University ballet studio.

About “Artful Palate”

Every other Friday night at 6:30pm from June 27 to September 19, chefs from Café NOMA, Ralph’s on the Park, Red Fish Grill and café b will be demonstrating distinctive culinary favorites from around the world, highlighting a different aspect of the exhibition Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American home, 1492-1898. From classic Creole cooking techniques to globally inspired gourmet eats, the chefs will embrace their own heritage or their culinary passion with each presentation.

“Artful Palate” is free of charge and open on a first come, first served basis. Come early for an evening of delicious and instructive fun for all!