The LOTERIA! exhibit will feature 54 paintings and mixed media works by 50 artists who used their assigned card as a springboard for their modern interpretation.
La Loteria is a game of chance played like Bingo, only with pictures instead of numbers. The Loteria deck uses 54 images, including characters, instruments, flora, animalia, and objects which have become iconic and synonymous with Mexican culture.
Pasatiempos Gallo, (Don Clemente, Inc. in the US), began publishing the game in 1887. The game originated in Italy in the 15th century and was brought to Mexico in 1769. In the beginning, Loteria was a hobby of the upper classes, but eventually it became a tradition at Mexican fairs.