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Please join us for a free public exhibit opening reception of En la Cocina with San Pascual. San Pascual (or spelled Pasqual or Pasquale) is the beloved "saint of the kitchen" featured in numerous representations in New Mexican and Mexican art. Throughout the last half the twentieth century, cooks have decorated their kitchens with his image to insure that recipes come out sabrosas (tasty) and perfectas (perfect). Even Julia Child had one in her kitchen! Café Pasqual's, a trend-setting restaurant in Santa Fe, is named for him.
Where did San Pascual come from? What did he do before he became a cook? How did he become so popular in New Mexican art? Who appointed him the goodwill ambassador of kitchens? Why do Nuevo Mexicano artists have so much fun depicting this saint, and rendering the architecture, interiors, kitchen appliances, cooking utensils, and food (not to mention the wine!)? The exhibition, En la Cocina with San Pascual, in the NHCC Art Museum's Community Gallery explores his image and highlights how artists creatively render this popular santo. The exhibition features over 75 works by some of New Mexico's most prominent visual artists.