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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!
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Brasil & Arte Popular
In the Cotsen Gallery, Neutrogena Wing
November 17, 2013 - August 10, 2014
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.
World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más
In the Hispanic Heritage Wing
closing January 5, 2014.
exhibition tells the tale of the earliest cultural mestizaje (mixing) to take place in the Americas through food. The
exhibition highlights foods that originated in the New
World and foods that were brought over from Europe via
Spain and Asia via the Spanish Manila Galleons. Several
special sections in the exhibition highlight specific
food items. Two of these are chocolate and maté.
The exhibition traces the origins of these two popular
drinks, how they rose to popularity during the colonial
period, and how they were introduced into European society
and culture, and how they have become a strong component
of popular culture today. More than 300 objects related
to food harvesting, preparation, table settings, kitchen
items and utilitarian and decorative implements are highlighted
in 3 kitchens to illustrate the rich culinary traditions
of the Americas. Gallery activities include a scent station,
world food map with magnets, gallery recipe exchange,
recipe exchange (Photo: by Kitty Leaken) Media
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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)
Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS
In the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience
through January 5, 2014
We must come to see that the end
we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that
can live with its conscience.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alabama, 1965
The Gallery of Conscience is a new kind of experimental
exhibition space at the Museum of International Folk Art
for 2013. Everything in the gallery is a work in progress.
Come in, linger, talk, share ideas and explore important
issues of conscience together, drawing on the power of
folk arts to show and tell it like it is.
The Gallery of Conscience will focus on
folk artists responses to HIV/AIDS, both here in
New Mexico, and around the world. The artists themselves
will show you the way during special programs for International
Folk Arts Week 2013»with equal parts humor
and pathos and love.
You must not be ashamed to
speak out, telling the community! When you keep quiet
you sign your own death warrant. Maria
Rengane, embroiderer, South Africa
(Photo, above: La Curacion del Corazon: The
Healing of the Heart, by Diana Moya Lujan. Photo by
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