Art: Mexican Jewish Artist’s Bronzes Featured in KCK Show

If you?re looking for a cross-cultural experience, a new art exhibit may be just the ticket. The gallery of the YWCA of Greater Kansas City will host a show of 30 sculptures and paintings by Vicky Levy, a Mexican Jewish artist, from June 13 to Aug. 6. (See ?Opening Party? for details)

?My Work, My Passion? features a number of bronze cast sculptures.

?I would describe it as more European influence,? said Patrick Alexander, arts and events coordinator for the YWCA. ?I think, a lot of times, Mexican art is showcased more on the craft side, with wood carvings or pottery, whereas this is this classic form of bronze casting, which you don?t see in this area very often. We?re trying to break barriers and open up conversation.?

Alexander said the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, Mo., contacted him, looking for women?s organizations that might be interested in showcasing Levy?s work. He was happy to offer the exhibition space at the YWCA, which has had an art gallery for more than a year.

?I thought it would be great to have an international artist in downtown Kansas City, Kan. We?re really trying to provide cultural activities for this area that has been somewhat lacking over the years,? Alexander said. ?These are really museum-quality pieces, and I?m just so honored that we get to host them all summer long.?

Born in El Paso, Texas, Levy lives in Mexico City but will visit Kansas City for the opening reception.

?A big part of this exhibit is my work from the last 15 years. The paintings are older, and the sculptures are more new. I do much more sculptures nowadays than in the past,? Levy said via e-mail.

Much of her work features women and children, often in scenes of everyday Mexican life. A few of her pieces have Jewish themes, such as a Kiddush cup or a menorah, but on the whole, Levy doesn?t incorporate religious symbols in her work, though she said she?s very proud of her religion.

A sculptor since 1975, she?s been exhibiting her work in Mexico for more than 20 years. ?My Work, My Passion? will have traveled to Kansas City from Phoenix. It?s her first exhibit outside of Mexico.

?I?m really enthusiastic about it. Being in Phoenix and now in Kansas are some of the best things that have happened to me,? Levy said.

For the length of the exhibit, the YWCA will offer related cultural programming each week, such as showing Spanish-language films and facilitating craft projects for holidays such as the Day of the Dead.

The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no charge to view the exhibit. Groups can arrange for a tour of the exhibit with Alexander by calling (913) 371-1105.

(Tags: Art Exhibit, Mexican Jews)

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