April 15, 2001

KMEX-TV and Univision have come together with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to be part of the exhibit "The Road to Aztlan: Art from a Mythic Homeland" ("El Camino Hacia Aztlan: Arte de una Patria Mitica") during its debut in Los Angeles May 13 through August 26.

This great artistic event is the first exhibit on Aztlan of this magnitude outside of Mexico.

The exhibit, which will include approximately 250 works of art ranging from sculptures to paintings to various artifacts, is a historical tour through time that honors the history, tradition and cultures of Mexico and the American Southwest.

The Road to Aztlan reveals the profound nature of the interactions and exchanges that occur between these two regions, emphasizing the deeply rooted cultural practices and philosophy shared over time and distance. After its Los Angeles presentation, the exhibition will travel to Texas and New Mexico.

"KMEX-TV/Univision hopes that our support of this magnificent exhibit organized by LACMA will motivate families to learn more about the legendary region known as Aztlan, its people and their culture in addition to inspiring the desire to discover more about the origin of our continent and its splendid history," said Augustine Martinez, General Manager for KMEX-TV, Channel 34.

About Aztlan

A literal translation of the Nahuatl word, Aztlan, is "the place of whiteness" or "the place of herons." According to legend, the Aztecs occupied this area (now North Mexico and the American Southwest

-- including the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, South Colorado, Nevada and California) until the 12th Century when their primary god, Huitzilopochtli, took them on a trip south that lasted many years.

Finally, in the year 1325, the Aztecs founded the city of Tenochtitlan, now buried beneath Mexico City. The concept of sacred origins and stories of the Aztecs migration resound with the legend of Aztlan, the mystical center of the Aztec world, like the unifying idea for this large region, from its origins until present day.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It was made possible by a generous grant from AT&T. It was supported in part by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to expanding American understanding of history and culture. Additional support was provided by the Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles presentation was made possible by KMEX-TV/Univision. In-kind support for the exhibition was provided by FrameStore.

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