Special preview reception and IDEA Cabaret, Tues., Dec. 17, 4:30 p.m.
An interesting aspect of Spanish Colonial art is the way images of the Virgin of Guadalupe, for example, are nearly all identical. Artists in the New World wanted to copy as closely as possible the images they worked from; they weren't so much artists as they were craftsmen helping spread Catholicism. But that's just one part of a vast story about European Catholic imagery and how it moved from South America to the Southwestern U.S. Peek at such works in the I.D.E.A. Space's Devotional Cultures: Spanish Colonial Art in the Southwest at 4:30 today (825 N. Cascade Ave., tiny.cc/rbpo7w). On Dec. 20, the gallery will close until Jan. 20 for winter break. After that, it will reopen and display through March 8. — Edie Adelstein