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Artist Lecture: David Avalos

Presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 

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David Avalos, distinguished artist and professor at California State University San Marcos, joins us to speak about his Milagro hubcap art series, along with the artwork featured in Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art and Reuse Recreate Reimagine.

Junípero Serra’s Next Miracle:
Turning Blood into Thunderbird Wine
David Avalos, 1989

The Milagro Series

Milagros are traditional religious objects, often representing afflicted body parts, that focus prayers appealing to Catholic saints for healing interventions. They are also commercially fashioned into earrings and charm bracelets. ‘Hubcap Milagros’ are sculptures looking for miracles.

Avalos first appropriated milagros in 1985 with a sculpture depicting Christ behind bars, imprisoned by religious extremists within His Own Sacred Heart. In 1986, again appropriating the Heart of Jesus, Avalos produced a sacred and profane valentine to love and devotion. In 1989 one of his Milagros protested the Catholic Church’s attempt to make Junípero Serra a saint. (Despite ongoing California Indian leaders’ condemnations of Serra’s cultural genocide, Pope Francis finally declared Serra a saint without a miracle in 2015.) More recent hubcaps have been donated to raise funds for Chicana/o scholarships at CSUSM and other community causes.

Chicano artist Avalos was raised in Old Town, National City. He works at the intersection of art, politics and public space.

He has received Visual Artists fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. His work, writings, and interviews are archived at: UC Santa Cruz’ Califas Archival Collection, Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, UC Santa Barbara’s California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, and Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art (ICAA Documents Project).

His individual and collaborative works are in the permanent collections of: Smithsonian America Art Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, and Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA.


The lecture will begin at 6:30pm and end at 7:30pm. The museum will stay open until 8:30pm.

$10 General Admission

$5 CCAE Members

Tickets may be bought at museum front desk.

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