Folk Art of the Andes at Santa Fe’s Museum of International Folk Art

What's New — By stevelarese on March 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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Santa Fe’s Museum of International Folk Art opens Folk Art of the Andes, April 17, 2011. This will be the first exhibit in the United States to feature a broad range of folk art from the Andean region of South America, showcasing more than 850 works of art primarily dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The exhibit runs through February 2012.
The collection of Andean folk art in the Museum of International Folk Art was started with an initial gift from the museum’s founder Florence Dibell Bartlett and has grown to more than 6,000 objects. Drawing from this renowned collection and other private and public collections in the United States, Folk Art of the Andes includes religious paintings, sculptures, portable altars, milagros, amulets, and ritual offerings. Traditional hand-woven ponchos, mantles, belts, and bags are shown, along with women’s skirts, hats, and shawls adapted from the Spanish. Jewelry, wooden trunks, silverwork, majolica ceramics, carved gourds, house blessing ornaments, and toys reveal not only the craftsmanship of the work, but the ways the objects function in everyday life. Also explored are Andean festival cycles with lavish costumes and a variety of masks.
The free public opening on Sunday, April 17 is from 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and features live music, dance, hands-on activities and refreshments provided by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico.
For more information, call 505-476-1200 or click here.

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