ALBUQUERQUE ― TheNational Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will present a beginning-to-end reading of Rudolfo Anaya’s acclaimed novel, Bless Me, Ultima Sunday, Oct. 14.
The reading will take place in the NHCC Art Museum where an exhibition, La Ultima Exhibición, enters its final month.
Over 40 dignitaries, New Mexico authors, youth (including school students), adults and elders will read, each for 15 minutes, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The reading is free and open to the public with museum entrance fee. Museum admission is $6 for adults (17+), $5 for NM residents (17+), and free for youth (16 and under).
The La Ultima Exhibición, curated by Augustine Romero, features visual interpretations of Rudolfo Anaya’s celebrated book, Bless Me, Ultima (1972)–a portrait of life in rural New Mexico as seen through the eyes of a young boy during World War II. Anaya tells of the spiritual healer, Ultima, as she guides young Antonio on a magical and moral journey in this novel that has inspired artists for decades. Romero curated a previous iteration of this exhibition in 2006 at the South Broadway Cultural Center and the NHCC Art Museum is thrilled to host the re-imagined version twelve years later.
Featured artists include: Jesús “Cimi” Alvarado, George C’de Baca, Sylvia Ortiz Domney, Christian Michael Gallegos, Roberto Gallegos, Eric Garcia, Kristina Gonzales, Nacho Jaramillo, Al Na’ir Lara, Chisim Bernal Lujan, Oscar Lozoya, Chris Ray Melendez, El Moisés, Derrick Montez, Paloma Paz Nava, Gabriel Luis Powers, Chris Rivera, Rebecca H. Hernandez Rosser, and Catalina Salinas. Augustine Romero is an acclaimed visual artist and the curator of the South Broadway Cultural Center and the Kimo Theater for the City of Albuquerque.