Travel with us through the history of chocolate to cocoa plantations in Mexico and Central America during a free lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Main Library, 901 Conover Drive, presented by Carlos A. Rovelo, a professor of Art History and Mexican-American Studies at the Dallas County and Tarrant County Colleges. An expert in the Mexican Muralism and Popular Art movements, he is also a weekly commentator for DFW’s Spanish television networks Univision and Telemundo.
For the ancient Mayans and Aztecs, chocolate had divine origins. Its applications were diverse, ranging from numerical representation and currency to the beverage called “Xocolatl,” a bitter potion of roasted cocoa beans and spices. The lecture concludes with a boutique chocolate tasting that covers the range of today’s unique cacao flavors.
This free program is presented in conjunction with Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries, a traveling exhibit appearing at the Main Library Sept. 15–Oct. 15. In Mexico, two civilizations have lived and fought across the land and within the very soul of every individual. One civilization native to the Americas – the other born in Europe but now an elemental part of the Mexican character. This exhibition is based on the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the San Antonio Museum of Art’s international exhibition and is organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.