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Kichi: Kite Crazy in Japan
In the Bartlett Wing
EXTENDED THROUGH July 27, 2014
popular pastime and festival activity for centuries, Japanese
kites remain a delightful and entertaining tradition.
Traditional kites from Japan are made from a split bamboo
framework and layers of handmade washi paper. The kites
are often finished with colorful painted narrative illustrations,
legendary heroes, and design elements that reflect Japanese
folklore. Everything about these kites is based on kite-making
traditions and aesthetics of distinct regions within Japan.
This exhibit presents traditional kites from various
regions of Japan and introduces a number of respected
traditional kite artists. It explores cultural, historic,
and artistic perspectives of kite-making and kite-flying
in Japan. Visitors can participate in the artistic process
of making kites through engaging gallery activities. Public
programming for this exhibit will include lectures, kite-making
workshops, and kite-flying on the plaza at Museum Hill.
(Photo: Daruma Kite, c. 1960, From the collection
of David M. Kahn)
Work in Progress: Folk Artists on Immigration
In the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience
West Bartlett Gallery
The Gallery of Conscience is an experimental space where we invite the public to help us develop exhibitions on social issues. Presently in the gallery is an “exhibit lab” on the topic of immigration, home, and belonging. The exhibition development phase begins in March of 2014, celebrating the opening of the exhibition on Sunday July 6 to kick off international Folk Arts Week.
The public is invited to participate through interactive elements and facilitated dialogues, giving feedback and leaving their thoughts and stories in order to help shape the content and form of the exhibition. This Work in Progress includes handmade embroidery, carving, paintings, drawings, and beadwork about immigrant journeys made by traditional artists from the Americas, Africa and Asia.
This exhibit lab is made possible through the support of Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn, the International Folk Art Alliance, the International Folk Art Foundation, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s Exhibition Development Fund, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. Our dialogue series is part of the National Dialogues on Immigration Project of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
Image : Mozambique artist Camurdino Mustafá Jethá holds his sculpture Refugiados (Refugees), 2013. Photo courtesy of Laura Marcus Green.
Multiple Visions: A Common Bond
Long-term Exhibition, Girard Wing
This unique exhibition designed by the collector and donor, Alexander
Girard». Since the opening in 1982, more than
a million visitors have been delighted by the richly varied
displays in numbered cases- toys, and traditional folk
art from more than 100 countries. Take a tour with a Docent,
or explore this text-free gallery on your own with the
printed gallery guide or Ask about the NEW multimedia
tour at the front desk!
Brasil & Arte Popular
In the Cotsen Gallery, Neutrogena Wing
November 17, 2013 - January 4, 2015
fascinating range of unique and vibrant folk traditions
are presented featuring over 350 pieces from the museums
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 curator, Barbara Mauldin,
tells us that eventually merging traditions created
the dynamic cultural fusion that is so uniquely Brazilian.
The majority of work in the exhibit is from the twentieth
century when folk artists found that they had more freedom
to portray their history, folklore, and daily life. Religious
practitioners could now carry out their rituals openly
and festival performers were able to draw from old traditions. 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.
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