Mexico 1970's Film "ROMA" Masterpiece

This amazing film captures much of the feeling-tone of the 70's in Mexico while the arts program was being hosted in Qaxacan town of Tlaxiaco. Many of students of Allen Downs befriended the local indigenous people who spoke the local dialect. The town square was filled local markert vendors everyday, and was very crowded on weekends.

The black and white film artfully conveys the atmosphere of the times. Mexico was a place filled with change of all kinds, from corporate colonialism, to political movements. 

Check it out on Netflix at the official Roma website



News - 2015

What's Happening: The Allen Downs Project continues to respond to peoples' interest and inquiries. Stay tuned for updates and unfolding events. 


Photo by Ginny Larson- Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Four of Allen Downs' films in the Walker Art Center's Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection are now at your fingertips for viewing on the big screen in their new interactive Mediatheque. 
This month four of the available film selections are A Mexico, Love Shots, Making Mixtec Pottery, Winter in China. All were made between 1970-1973 by Allen Downs. For more info visit the Mediatheque and check out their complete interactive film screening list for May: Mediatheque Film Selections May 2015 (PDF)


Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue,
Minneapolis, MN 55403 612.375.7600

A wonderful segment just released on the Allen Downs' Winter Quarter exhibit is now available on TPT's companion website,!

Visitors to the site will find additional content, web exclusive videos, and links to other MN Original artists. Check it out!

It started airing on Minnesota Original on Sunday, January 26 at 6pm. 

Episode is called the "Allen Downs Project"

Following is the full schedule:

Date            Time        Local MN Channel

1/26/2014  6:00 PM     2

1/26/2014  10:00 PM    2

1/27/2014  1:00 AM     SW MN

1/27/2014  4:00 AM     2

1/27/2014  7:00 AM     SW MN

1/27/2014  1:00 PM     SW MN

1/27/2014  7:00 PM     2

1/30/2014  9:30 PM     Life

1/31/2014  3:30 AM     Life


Lila Downs live.jpg

Check out a great article about the music of Lila Downs - the daughter of Allen Downs- who is giving a concert Sunday, March 10th, 4 pm:


article by by David Cazares,  Fernando Aceves photo

Watch video of Lila Downs


Please stop in during gallery hours to view the Allen Downs exhibition.
Check gallery hours online at
Public Reception: Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Lila Downs, the daughter of Allen Downs, has won another Grammy for her work as a Oaxacan singer-songwriter. She was recognized in the category of  Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano) for the album "Pecados Y Milagros" at the 55th Grammy Awards. We are excited to have her appear her in Minneapolis on March 10th for a special concert at 4:00 pm, preceding the Allen Downs exhibition opening at 6:00 pm at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota.  For more information on the Grammy award click here.

Buy your tickets now for the Lila Downs concert!


Countdown: Five Weeks

After almost 2 years of planning, we are only 5 weeks away from the start of the Allen Downs exhibit and Lila Downs concert.You can still donate to the special fund set up specifically to help offset costs for this wonderful project. Donating is secure and easy, and any amount is welcome. No gift is too small and will be very appreciated!

Please visit: (click on the "Make a Gift" line) and make sure to designate the following program option: Nash Gallery Exhibitions and Events.

If you prefer to mail your donation, please make a check or money order payable to: UMF Fund #8945 Nash Gallery Exhibitions and Events, University of Minnesota Foundation, CM 3854, PO Box 70870, St Paul MN 55170.

Thank you for your enthusiastic comments as this project to celebrate the legacy of Allen Downs has grown. Now please help us to take it over the top.

Salud - Linda Passon-McNally

Check out our Allen Down Project page on FACEBOOK and let your friends know!

Allen Downs was my teacher, graduate adviser and friend while I attended graduate school at the U of MN from 1969 to 1971.  My work lacked some discipline and clarity when I started the program.  Allen just sort of gently guided me in the right direction and we ended up being great friends.  He said I inspired him to start making photographs again and I remember several times when we went out and photographed together.  I would not have the success I have been blessed with if he hadn't entered my life at the most crucial time.  I owe you so much Allen, you are in my work and heart forever.
Tom Arndt

To see more of Tom Arndt's work visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Photo Collection

Announcement Flyer


Please view this 2-page PDF file for more details about the events coming up and how you can help out!

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