La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste

La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste


January 29, 2023 - June 30, 2024

Mexican cartonería uses simple materials of paste, cardboard, and paper to create a diverse array of subjects such as piñatas, dolls, Day of the Dead skeletons, and fantastical animals called alebrijes.  The first exhibition to focus exclusively on a Mexican folk art tradition in many years, La Cartonería Mexicana will display more than 100 whimsical historic sculptures from the Museum of International Folk Art’s Permanent Collection.  Many of the sculptures were collected by Alexander Girard and have never been displayed.  These historic works will be exhibited alongside the work of three visiting cartoneros who will be creating work at the Museum of International Folk Art.  Their work highlights that cartonería is a vital, living tradition.  

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To Keep Them Warm: The Alaska Native Parka

To Keep Them Warm: The Alaska Native Parka


May 21, 2023 - April 7, 2024

Parkas are complex expressions of Alaska Native cultures’ deep respect for the animals of land and sea. The harmonious marriage of beauty, function, and resourcefulness, parkas are a living tradition rooted in centuries of indigenous knowledge of material science and design. They also demonstrate the resilience of indigenous communities to thrive in the arctic environment. 

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Between the Lines: Prison Art & Advocacy

Between the Lines: Prison Art & Advocacy


September 8, 2024 - September 5, 2025

Between the Lines: Prison Art & Advocacy seeks to re-humanize the incarcerated. Through a combination of in-gallery artworks, fresh multimedia pieces (interviews with returned citizens and allies, art-making demonstrations, etc.) and community-co-developed events, this exhibition will explore prisoners’ rights, recidivism / systemic oppression, and transitional justice.

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