MORAGA -- The exuberant creativity, color and pageantry that is Carnaval comes to the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art in a spectacular exhibition opening Saturday, Feb. 2.
The sights and sounds of Carnaval in New Orleans, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Trinidad, Italy, Spain and Switzerland will be on display. Costumes, headdresses, masks, musical instruments and videos of performances and parades, show the history and traditions of Carnaval and its often outlandish and ribald behavior.
Carnaval is a rich tradition of partying before Lent's 40 days of penance. In Carnaval, everything shifts -- the social order is overturned as masks and elaborate costumes conceal identities. The poor and powerless can become kings and queens for a day. Everyone -- rich or poor, young or old -- breaks loose in spectacular ways. Yet it is distinctly different in each region, and the Carnaval exhibition will show this diversity.
Opening Day -- Saturday, Feb. 2 -- will also feature a documentary by Robert Jerome, an award-winning, internationally published travel photojournalist who specializes in topics related to folklore and culture. Over the past 30 years, Jerome has photographed Carnaval celebrations in more than 20 countries.
The film will be part of the exhibit's artists reception, Feb. 2 from to to 4 p.m. in Studio 105 at the Museum of Art on the Saint Mary's campus in Moraga.