Diego Rivera by Gregorio Luke
The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, Wells Fargo Bank, Brownsville Society for Performing Arts, and the Consulate of Mexico sponsored the conference on Diego Rivera by international keynote speaker Gregorio Luke on February 9, 2011.
Gregorio Luke is an expert on Mexican and Latin American art culture. Mr. Luke has presented over 1,000 lectures in museums and universities throughout Mexico, Europe and the United Sates institutions such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian institution, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, and universities such as Harvard, Columbia, UNAM and Georgetown, among others. He is the former Director of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, former Consul of Cultural Affairs of Mexico in Los Angeles and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C. In 1995, Luke was honored with the Irving Leonard Award by the Hispanic Society of the Library of Congress. In 2005, The Ebell Club of Los Angeles honored him with a Life-time Achievement Award. In 2006, Luke received the El Angel Award by the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts and in 2007 he was recognized by CATE (California Association of Teacher’s in English) for promoting literacy in public schools. In 2008 he received the Local Hero Award of KCET.
Miguel Ángel Escotet, Dean of the College of Education, stated during his introduction that, “Gregorio Luke is a man with a cultural mission: to show the world the rich artistic inheritance of a continent that in the words of García Márquez, “nourishes a source of unlimited creativity, full of sorrow and beauty.” Gregorio Luck is an educator that involves the learner in a process of revelation. Each one of his lectures, fully illustrated with the help of modern technology is a magic carpet that soars through the secret territories, the luminous facets and the solitary struggles of the artist.”