The upcoming exhibition in the Museum Gallery of University Archives and Special Collections, “Communal Spirit: 3,000 Years of Mexican Artistry,” explores the creativity and workmanship of artists working in Mexico beginning in 800 B.C.E. and concluding in the 1990s. The installation incorporates diverse Pre-Columbian artifacts from both western and eastern Mexico, representing eight different indigenous civilizations. The twentieth-century folk art presented features many of the same regions, inspiration, and creative techniques. Highlights include a Huastec female ball player ca. 100 B.C.E., a Veracruz flute from 600 A.D, celebrations of the Day of the Dead, and a marketplace scene with more than one hundred clay figures, fruits, vegetables, and animals. The exhibition will open on August 31 and will continue through December 16, 2016.
September 26 at 5:30 pm
Opening talk and reception on with James Doyle Assistant Curator, Art of the Ancient Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York;
October 6 at 5:30 pm
a curator’s talk with Stephen Vollmer*, Cultural Advisor, and Archivist, who participated in the creation of this folk art collection. Vollmer received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art History from La Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City and Puebla. He has held positions at the Tucson Museum of Art; El Consejo Cultural de La Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico; the El Paso Museum of Art; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Witte Museum of the San Antonio Museum Association.
Day of the Dead Celebration