Santo-Domingo

Centro Cultural
Santo Domingo

Calle de Macedonio
Alcalá s/n, Centro,
68000 Oaxaca

Centro Cultural Santo Domingo

Calle de Macedonio
Alcalá s/n, Centro,
68000 Oaxaca

The space

The old convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán is perhaps the largest and one of the most important colonial buildings in Mexico, renowned for its monumental proportions, and for promoting culture in the State of Oaxaca. Santo Domingo is part of the Historic Center of the city of Oaxaca that has been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In this cultural complex, the Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca has been established, which preserves archaeological pieces found in excavations of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), such as: the jewels of Tomb 7 of Monte Albán.

The Museum has 14 permanent rooms of history, archeology and ethnography of the state, as well as nine thematic rooms on ceramics, working of precious metals and other trades. The monastery was built in the XVII century and was used for religious purposes until the XVIII century. Subsequently, it was used as a military headquarters. However, in 1895, the building was subjected to four years of restoration of its vaults, flattened and gilded in gold. The temple is an example of Novo Hispanic baroque architecture of the last third of the XVII century, dedicated to Santo Domingo de Guzmán, founder of the order. It has a vault with high reliefs of plaster that form the genealogical tree of the family of the Dominicans. In the church you can see: altarpieces, plasterwork, carved figures, high reliefs, paintings, sculptures and ornaments in gold foil, which had to be restored at the beginning of the last century.

The museum tells a story of more than 10,000 years spread over 14 permanent exhibition halls and 13 temporary exhibition halls. In the archaeological rooms the life of the first settlers of the cultures of Oaxaca is shown. In 1932, Alfonso Caso discovered objects of Mixtec origin made of gold, silver, semiprecious stones, such as turquoise, obsidian, jade, crystal and pearls. In the rooms dedicated to history and ethnology different aspects of the cultures are shown: religion, politics, military aspects, which show the resistance of the indigenous peoples before the Spanish conquest and their struggle to conserve their economy, identity, traditions and customs.

The Santo Domingo Cultural Center also houses the Fray Francisco de Burgoa Library which holds a bibliographic collection of approximately 24,000 volumes, as well as the Néstor Sánchez Public Library. In addition to all these institutions, it has a multipurpose space, where temporary exhibitions, conferences, courses, book presentations and concerts are held, among many other activities. Next to the Cultural Center is the Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzmán that still functions as a church.The Ethnobotanical Garden of this cultural enclosure, is one of the most important and beautiful gardens of the country, since the design of the garden is work of Oaxacan artists Francisco Toledo and Luis Zárate.

Artists
To be announced

The Space

The old convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán is perhaps the largest and one of the most important colonial buildings in Mexico, renowned for its monumental proportions, and for promoting culture in the State of Oaxaca. Santo Domingo is part of the Historic Center of the city of Oaxaca that has been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In this cultural complex, the Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca has been established, which preserves archaeological pieces found in excavations of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), such as: the jewels of Tomb 7 of Monte Albán.

The Museum has 14 permanent rooms of history, archeology and ethnography of the state, as well as nine thematic rooms on ceramics, working of precious metals and other trades. The monastery was built in the XVII century and was used for religious purposes until the XVIII century. Subsequently, it was used as a military headquarters. However, in 1895, the building was subjected to four years of restoration of its vaults, flattened and gilded in gold. The temple is an example of Novo Hispanic baroque architecture of the last third of the XVII century, dedicated to Santo Domingo de Guzmán, founder of the order. It has a vault with high reliefs of plaster that form the genealogical tree of the family of the Dominicans. In the church you can see: altarpieces, plasterwork, carved figures, high reliefs, paintings, sculptures and ornaments in gold foil, which had to be restored at the beginning of the last century.

The museum tells a story of more than 10,000 years spread over 14 permanent exhibition halls and 13 temporary exhibition halls. In the archaeological rooms the life of the first settlers of the cultures of Oaxaca is shown. In 1932, Alfonso Caso discovered objects of Mixtec origin made of gold, silver, semiprecious stones, such as turquoise, obsidian, jade, crystal and pearls. In the rooms dedicated to history and ethnology different aspects of the cultures are shown: religion, politics, military aspects, which show the resistance of the indigenous peoples before the Spanish conquest and their struggle to conserve their economy, identity, traditions and customs.

The Santo Domingo Cultural Center also houses the Fray Francisco de Burgoa Library which holds a bibliographic collection of approximately 24,000 volumes, as well as the Néstor Sánchez Public Library. In addition to all these institutions, it has a multipurpose space, where temporary exhibitions, conferences, courses, book presentations and concerts are held, among many other activities. Next to the Cultural Center is the Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzmán that still functions as a church.The Ethnobotanical Garden of this cultural enclosure, is one of the most important and beautiful gardens of the country, since the design of the garden is work of Oaxacan artists Francisco Toledo and Luis Zárate.

Artists
To be announced

Partners

Crossing Night is an initiative of the Idris Naim Foundation and the National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico. The residency programme launches on 1 October and the exhibitions open across participating venues from 4 -10 November. Exhibitions will be on view until 5 February 2019. The project is realized in partnership with the National Institute of Fine Arts, INBA (Mexico),The Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation (Mexico), The A4 Arts Foundation (South Africa), The Friends of IAGO and CFMAB Association (Mexico) and the Ministry of Arts & Cultures of the State of Oaxaca.

Partners

Crossing Night is an initiative of the Idris Naim Foundation and the National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico. The residency programme launches on 1 October and the exhibitions open across participating venues from 4 -10 November. Exhibitions will be on view until 5 February 2019. The project is realized in partnership with the National Institute of Fine Arts, INBA (Mexico),The Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation (Mexico), The A4 Arts Foundation (South Africa), The Friends of IAGO and CFMAB Association (Mexico) and the Ministry of Arts & Cultures of the State of Oaxaca.

Partners

Crossing Night is an initiative of the Idris Naim Foundation and the National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico. The residency programme launches on 1 October and the exhibitions open across participating venues from 4 -10 November. Exhibitions will be on view until 5 February 2019. The project is realized in partnership with the National Institute of Fine Arts, INBA (Mexico),The Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation (Mexico), The A4 Arts Foundation (South Africa), The Friends of IAGO and CFMAB Association (Mexico) and the Ministry of Arts & Cultures of the State of Oaxaca.

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© IDRIS NAIM A.C. 2018

© IDRIS NAIM A.C. 2018