TAMALADA, by South Texas artist Carmen Lomas Garza, was painted in 1990. A signed color lithograph lives in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, whose mission includes collecting, understanding and enjoying American art.
A “tamalada” is the process and ritual of making tamales, finding its roots in ancient Mesoamerican civilizations. Ms. Garza captures the various steps of the process as well as the camaraderie which binds family and friends as they make this Mexican American holiday treat.
TAMALADA will serve as the centerpiece of TMAMT’s inaugural exhibit. Showcasing “tamalada” essays and photographs from families across Texas
the exhibit is scheduled for
December 14th 2022 - January 11th, 2023 at Dallas City Hall
Faced with little documentation and scant research, this exhibit is an attempt to remember the Texas-Mexican (Tejana) women who were present at the Alamo and witnessed the battle firsthand.