National Hispanic Cultural Center
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Visual and Performing Arts Hotspot
Set in the historic Barelas neighborhood off Fourth St., the National Hispanic Cultural Center features three noteworthy items. First, the torreón (watchtower) is home to the largest concave fresco in the North America. The monumental work covers 4,000 square feet. In vibrant colors painted by Santa Fe artist Frederico Vigil, "Mundos de Mestizaje" depicts 3,000 years of Hispanic history. Second, the permanent collection in the art museum includes an impressive collection of seminal works by artists from the U.S., Latin America, and Spain. The performance painting by Glugio "Gronk" Nicandro is particularly noteworthy. He painted it live in the gallery in 2000 accompanied by a string quartet and a soprano. Finally, the Albuquerque Journal Theater has become one of the top performance spaces in the city, both for events imbued with Hispanic Culture, such as flamenco dance performances, and those from other groups such as the New Mexico Philharmonic and New Mexico Ballet.
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