• Amalia Mesa-Bains: An Ofrenda for Dolores del Rio, 1984, revised 1991; mixed media installation. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Gallery + Studio: Stories to Tell

For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Workshop led by

    Blanca Estela Rodríguez is a Mexican artist living in San Francisco. Her (im)migration experience informs her interest in exploring themes of identity and site-specific perception. She holds degrees in design, art and technology, and visual arts from universities in Mexico, Sweden, and Germany. She has taught at Mission Education Center, Root Division, Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, and BAMPFA. 

Does your family have a special place or story, a favorite dish, unusual objects, or a beloved pet? Inspired by Amalia Mesa-Bains’s altars, re-create a family story, memory, or situation in a miniature altar of your own. Tell your story using paper cutouts, painting motifs, graphic symbols, and clay figures. If you have a representative object you’d like to include, bring it!