In this Feb. 16, 2018, photo border artist Claudio Dicochea explains one of the paintings in his "Acid Baroque" exhibit on display at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, Ariz., through May 20. (AP Photo/Anita Snow)
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Spotlighted in the exhibit "Acid Baroque," on display at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art through May 20, these and other works by the 45-year-old Dicochea give a modern psychedelic spin to the colonial "casta" or caste paintings first created in 18th-century Mexico, taking viewers to the crossroad of colonialism and contemporary popular culture as he examines the idea of "mestizaje," or mixed-race identity. The exhibit is part of a program at the museum that showcases up-and-coming artists from Mexico and the American Southwest.The original caste paintings are still seen at some museums, including the one at Mexico City's Chapultepec Castle, and feature portraits of mixed-race families – usually the parents and one or two children. For Dicochea, creating a new riff on the old casta paintings is a critique of the role visual arts play in shaping ideas about race.Dicochea included Colescott's work in an exhibit of sometimes racially charged works he recently put together with curator Julio Cesar Morales at the ASU Art Museum in an examination of the current social and cultural climate.
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