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Brasil & Arte Popular
In the Cotsen Gallery, Neutrogena Wing
November 17, 2013 - January 4, 2015

Woodblock print by José Francisco Borges, Bezerros, Pernambuco, Brazil, 1990A fascinating range of unique and vibrant folk traditions are presented featuring over 350 pieces from the museum’s rich Brazilian collection, ranging from graphic woodblock prints, colorful ceramic and wood folk sculptures, toys, puppets, and religious art, to lively festival dramas with dance, music and costumes. The varied cultural mix found throughout the vast region of Brazil not only draws from the original indigenous inhabitants, but also from the Portuguese colonists who began to settle there in the sixteenth century, as well as the enslaved Africans brought by the Europeans. The exhibition continues through January 5, 2015. Link to Full Press Release.

About the Photo: Bumba-Meu-Boi is a comical and very popular folk drama brought to Brazil by the Portuguese colonizers in the eighteenth century. The original plot centers around the death and resurrection of a prized bull, but the story has been adapted to reflect typical northeast Brazilian rural life, involving many varied and costumed characters in a series of comic episodes. Today it is performed throughout Brazil during the Christmas holidays, Carnival, and June festivals. Woodblock print by José Francisco Borges, Bezerros, Pernambuco, Brazil, 1990. IFAF Collection, FA.1991.17.52.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Arts Alive!
Tuesday & Thursday
July 29 & 31, 2014
10am to 2pm

Make Brazilian Dolls with Museum Educators, a FREE workshop for ages 3 to 103 presented in conjunction with the exhibition Brasil & Arte Popular. To schedule groups of 6 or more, call Patricia at (505) 476-1212.


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PAST PROGRAMS

Opening Events
Sunday November 17, 2013
1-4pm
Hands on art making for ages 3 to 103, capoeira by Mestre Virgulino and his group, Capoeira Cangaço CDO, reception hosted by the Women's Board of the Museum of New Mexico.

Brazillian Festival Toy Making Workshop
Sunday January 26, 2014
1-4PM

Workshop for children of all ages- 3 to 103. By Museum admission, New Mexico residents free on Sundays, youth 16 and under and Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members always free.

brasilniaSunday February 16, 2014
1-3 pm

Join Studio Na Santa Fe instructors and brush up on your dance moves, Brazilian style- with some Portuguese too! Refreshments, dancing and Gallery Talk with exhibition Curator Dr. Barbara Mauldin. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Brasil & Arte Popular! by Museum admission, New Mexico residents with I.D. free on Sundays!

Brazilian Music and Dance
Sunday April 13, 2014
2-4pm

Join Frank and Pilar Leto for an exciting afternoon of music and dance. By Museum admission, New Mexico residents free on Sundays, youth 16 and under and Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members always free.