SAVE FACE: Donald Trump piñata on display at a Mexican restaurant in Las Vegas.
FIELD NOTES: At the request of the Original Lindo Michoacan, Justin Favela, the master of the post-modern piñata, recreated Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for display. At first the small commission, a family favor, was a way for customers to take a swing at political commentary in response to caustic comments about Mexicans by Trump, which antagonized the immigration debate, raised criticism from GOP leaders, and led to businesses dissolving ties with The Donald. During the piñata’s debut on Sunday, diners walked in and laughed when they saw the blusterer-in-chief candidate welcome them into the small lobby. The detailed work has the restaurant reconsidering setting a date for a Trump Thump. Meanwhile, the real Donald was just in Las Vegas recanting his platform and proposed that protesters and critics were dispatched by the government of Mexico to voice opposition. This piñata isn't an import. It's a regional creation from within the borders of Las Vegas.
Artist takes a head shot of The Donald.
Above: Krystal Ramirez “I Want to See More Brown Bodies” from 2017 will be reassembled at UNLV’s Barrick Museum of Art in Spring 2018.