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'The Headache' by Enrique Chagoya.

A night at the museum needn’t be a stuffy affair.

The Sonoma County Museum opens its new exhibit, “Enrique Chagoya: Death and Taxes in Fantasylandia,” with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, complete with live music and a tequila bar.

 

 

Tickets cost $15 at www.sonomacountymuseum.org.

The exhibit, running through Nov. 4 at the museum, 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa, is just as playful in spirit as the reception.

The show presents works created by Bay Area artist Chagoya after the collapse of the stock market in 2008. His wild fantasy images satirize the recession and economy.

Born in Mexico City, Chagoya immigrated to the United State in 1977 to work as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Since 1995,  he has taught printmaking at Stanford University.

His work has been shown internationally, and is in the collections of museums including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the De Young Museum, the LA County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

Chagoya will speak at the museum at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Tickets cost $15 for the general public; $10 for museum members.

Regular museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 Tuesday through Sunday.

Admission: $7; $5 for students and seniors; free for museum members and children under 12.

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