I believe we should preserve this evidence
of the past,
not as a pattern for sentimental imitation, but as nourishment
for the creative
spirit of the present.
and Susan Girard began a lifetime of collecting on their honeymoon trip to Mexico
in 1939. Objects were selected for their beauty, humor, whimsy, enthusiasm, spontaneity
and directness and they illustrate humankind's universal need to give form to
a sense of ornament, play, delight, and wonder. The Girard collection of more
than 100,000 objects is unique in part because of its size: intentional multiples
in the collection resulted in a great depth to the holdings in many village traditions
that are represented only superficially in other collections that contain similar
material. The breadth is also staggering: more than 100 countries on six continents
Art is only art when
it is synonymous with living.
exhibition is also unique in that it was designed by the
donor, a leading architect and interior and textile designer.
Multiple Visions: A Common Bond displays approximately
10% of the collection. The collection includes toys and
dolls, costumes, masks, textiles of all kinds, religious
folk art (ex-votos and milagros, nativities, icons) as well
as paintings, beadwork, and more. More than a million visitors
have passed through the doors into the special world of
Girard since the exhibition opened in 1982. Popular with
children and the young at heart, the exhibit attracts visitors
back into the museum to find an old favorite, or discover
a new treasure in the gallery. The exhibition and collection
serve as an inspiration and resource for scholars and educators
from around the world, from preschool to college level.
represent a microcosm of mans world and dreams.
They exhibit fantasy,
imagination, humor and love.
They are an invaluable record and expression
of man's ingenious unsophisticated imagination.
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