By: Sandra Dibble
Long before the current generation of Tijuana artists began commanding international attention, there was Benjamin Serrano.
An exhibit of 55 pieces by the late Tijuana artist (1938-1988) opens on Friday at 7 p.m. the El Cubo Gallery of Tijuana's Cultural Center (Cecut). It includes sculptures and paintings never before on display in the city.
Serrano, who for a time studied in Paris, "is the first artist on the border that puts Tijuana in the international sphere," said curator olgaMargarita Davila.
The exhibit is scheduled through November. There is no admission charge to attend the inauguration. Normal entrance fees to El Cubo are $3.50.
Other notable events in the Baja California region from Monday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 12th incude the following:
Thursday: The pioneering Tijuana punk rock band Mercado Negro performs at the old City Hall on Avenida Constitución and Second Street starting at 6 p.m. Free.
Thursday: Ensenada Street Art Festival celebrating young artists and groups that focus on unconventional art, including mimes, acrobats, performance artists, and painting on concrete. Includes performances by rock bands. Starts at 5 p.m. outside the Centro Estatal de las Artes. Free.
Friday: Festival featuring Baja California wines, local musical groups and food at Bodegas de Santo Tomás in Ensenada at Miramar 666, Zona Centro. Starting at 2 p.m. Free. (The event is part of the Fiestas de la Vendimia, a series of events celebrating the annual grape harvest. Through Aug. 19.)