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"Corridos Sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition"

The International Museum of Art & Science, in co-operation with the Smithsonian Institution, is pleased to announce the arrival of a major new exhibit. "Corridos Sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition" is a music-based exhibition that celebrates the corrido (ballad) tradition in the New World. It re-creates the historical development of the corrido through vintage and modern recordings, broadsides, photographs, posters, musical instruments and other treasured memorabilia. Corridos recordings can be heard throughout the exhibition, allowing visitors to embark on a musical and visual journey through stories sung in Mexican and United States communities. Corridos sin fronteras (“Ballads without Borders”) explores the significance of this popular oral tradition as an expression of community life and traces its historical development in the New World over the past two hundred years.

Corridos are narrative songs or ballads whose characters, events and themes are representative of the values and history of local communities in Mexico and the United States. The corrido stories range in topic from the history of Francisco “Pancho” Villa, to a woman who shoots her lover because he is about to leave her, to a local hero who dies attempting to save a town of thousands of people. These ballads have survived centuries and will continue to be passed down to successive generations.

Corridos sin fronteras is a bilingual exhibition. It includes multimedia components and a state-of-the-art audio system provided by Acoustiguide Corporation. An interactive educational website at www.corridos.org is available to help schools and teachers plan for classroom lessons and activities and organize school educational programs. A 72-page songbook (cancionero) is also included in the exhibition.

The exhibition has been organized by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives and the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service. The project has been supported by the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Fund and, in the Rio Grande Valley, by

Corridos Sin Fronteras will be a the Museum through June 22, 2003.
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