This artist-in-residence program provides museum goers with the opportunity to work hands-on with artists to better understand their creative process. It’s informative, interactive and inspiring!



Porfirio Gutiérrez + Ricardo Palavecino  EXODO


Exodo is a window to Porfirio Gutiérrez’s Zapotec weaving traditions and Ricardo Palavecino’s photographs and film, documenting the day-to-day life of Oaxacan migrant farming communities in California. Zapotecs and Mixtecs are two important indigenous groups in Oaxaca, Mexico. Their cultural roots go back more than 5,000 years and in their communities, tradition persists. They are part of an ancestral way of life, deeply connected to their land, the food, their language, ritual, and ceremonies.

Today there are an estimated 150,000 members of the Zapotec community, one of largest of Indigenous Mexican groups in Los Angeles, and 300,000 Mixtecs in rural areas of California. These communities integrate experiences between an ancient way of life and adapting to new environments.

This project works to capture the value of Indigenous communities currently living in California.


Porfirio Gutiérrez + Ricardo Palavecino — Exodo

When: October 21 – November 30, 2018

Where: Sheffer/Scheffler Arts Education Space


Ricardo Palavecino’s Cinematic Essay Screening and Discussion

When: November 15, 2018   |   6:00 P.M.

Where: Lecture Hall


Weaving Demonstration and Community Sale


November 15, 2018   |   12:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

November 16, 2018   |   12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Where: Sheffer/Scheffler Arts Education Space


Join us for an immersive educational event with master dyer and textile artist, Porfirio Gutiérrez, and learn about the rich history of the craft in its cultural context. Recently featured in The New York Times, Gutiérrez is committed to keeping his family’straditional Zapotec practices and knowledge alive. The Gutiérrez family comes from a long line of weavers from Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico, and are masters of Zapotec weaving traditions. They are among a small group of textile artisans working to preserve the use of plant and insect dyes—techniques that stretch back more than 2,000 years in the Indigenous Zapotec tradition.



Ricardo Palavecino

Ricardo Palavecino is interested in documenting indigenous migration to the United States, especially from the area of Oaxaca, Mexico. He documents the daily lives of these indigenous communities and hopes his work can help build bridges to increased cultural understandings by captures the value of these communities and using photography as a universal language.

Palavecino has been a cinematographer, videographer, and photographer for the past 30 years. He has a multicultural background with substantial international experience in film and commercial work. His desire to explore the human spirit through a lens was sparked by the famous 1963 photograph of the Buddhist monk in Saigon who immolated as an act of protest against the government of Ngo Dinh Diem.


Porfirio Gutiérrez

Master Weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez and his family are Zapotec weavers practicing an art form their ancestors have done for over 2,000 years. Today, changes in technology, the economy, and relative isolation sometimes threaten this ancient art form. His is one of only eight families in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca which uses organic methods of dyeing wool with plants, minerals, and insects. He has since perfected this traditional skill, which he learned from his father, and become a vocal advocate for his people’s culture and art. He has been recognized by the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian’s Artist Leadership Program helping to keep traditional ways and culture alive and helping to preserve the ancient Zapotec weaving traditions.

Credits: Ricardo Palavecino | Porfirio Gutiérez