Before Spanish conquerors and churchmen stepped foot in the New World, representations of the human heart were not uncommon in pre-Columbian art. Aztecs adorned religious statuary with depictions of human hearts. And skulls. And hands. And human sacrifice. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, images of Jesus (also a human sacrifice) baring his sacred heart were a common Christian icon. Bring the two cultures together and you get … well, lot of pain, brutality and death … but also an important icon in Latin American art — El Corazón. The Bath House Cultural Center celebrates the importance of the symbol with its annual El Corazón Exhibition, featuring works from more than 50 local and regional artists inspired by the heart. This is the 20th anniversary of one of the center’s most popular exhibitions and includes works created specifically for the show and others returning from previous El Corazón Exhibitions. Bath House Cultural Center is located at 521 E. Lawther Drive. It’s open noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.
Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: Feb. 20. Continues through March 1, 2014