On Sunday, December 6, Seattle-based multimedia artist Ellen Ziegler will give a presentation on her artist book, “El Torero y la Bailarina/The Bullfighter and the Ballerina.” Her lecture and accompanying slideshow will recount the true story told within the book’s pages, as well as reveal the artistry behind the making of the work.
The Mexico City love story revolves around a young ballerina (actually Ziegler’s mother) who falls in love with a bullfighter, playing upon comical yet charming differences between the two that result in a lifetime of a friendship. The book itself is a treasure, hand-typed in Mexico City with limited editions in collections across the United States.
This event will be co-sponsored by South Seattle’s El Centro de la Raza, a community organization focused on Latino advocacy. Ziegler’s presentation goes hand in hand with an installation currently on exhibit at the Henry, Pablo Helguera‘s Libería Donceles. At its essence, Helguera’s work takes the form of a used bookstore composed entirely of Spanish-language books, a commentary on the lack of resources for Hispanic communities in growing cities.
This afternoon event is free, and the talk will be translated into Spanish by Amanda Reichert of Vámonos Language Center.
Ellen Ziegler at Henry Art Gallery
When: Sunday December 6, 1pm
Where: Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave NE