The Museum has created online versions for some important past exhibitions. You may find some broken links on these online exhibition pages, but there's still plenty to see and enjoy and learn.
Whether intensely spiritual or brazenly secular, paño art draws on the deepest emotions of prisoners whose artistic expression is limited only by the materials at hand. The word paño (Spanish for cloth or handkerchief) has come to mean the art form itself -- a ball point pen or colored pencil drawing on a handkerchief.
Ramón José López is a santero, a maker of images of saints. The term is important, for it reveals the underlying thread--the intense spirituality-- that is at the source of all his art. But it falls short in defining the breadth of his skill. For he is also a jeweler, a builder, a furniture maker, a metal smith, and a tailor. In fact, there are few art forms of which he is not a master.
Most immigrants left home voluntarily, while refugees have been forced into exile. Tibetans belong to the latter category; that is, they have left their homeland in search of freedom and the desire to live their lives as they see fit. Tibetan people living in exile still hold firmly to the notion of freedom and self-determination (rang btsan), hoping that their country will be given back to them some day. In fact, living in exile has only strengthened the resolve of Tibetans to regain their homeland.
Hundreds of Hispana and Hispano artists created art for the various New Deal programs during the 1930s and 1940s under the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Sin Nombre (Without Name) presents the work of these artists, who have been almost completely undocumented during this important period. Bilingual exhibition available in English and Spanish.
100 Aspects of the Moon (2001)
Yoshitoshi’s series, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, completed shortly before his death in 1892, epitomizes the restraint and subtlety that define his later work. Published between 1885 and 1892, this series of 100 individual woodblock prints depicts figures from Japanese and Chinese legend, history, literature, folklore and theater.
Cerámica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica tells us a story about mayólica, for a time, one of the world's most coveted ceramics. We learn about the Islamic origins of Spanish mayólica as well as the role that trade played in the history of Spanish and Mexican mayólica. We also discover interesting facts about Spanish daily life through the forms and imagery depicted on mayólica vessels. Finally, we learn about the traditional mayólica process and the efforts by contemporary potters to keep it alive. Each piece of pottery in this on-line exhibit forms a part of this story; together they take us on an intriguing journey. Bilingual exhibition available in English and Spanish.
Vernacular Visionaries (2003)
The 1990's witnessed a dramatic upsurge in the discourse about Outsider Art-art created by those living and working "outside" the mainstream art establishment of schools, careers and galleries- and an increase in the volume of discourse on terminology. Focused on five modern masters, Gedewon from Ethiopia; Martín Ramírez from Mexico; Hung Tung from Taiwan; Anna Zemánková from the Czech Republic; and Carlo (Zinelli) from Italy.
This major exhibition re-creates the dazzling sights, sounds and the pageantry of Carnival celebrations around the world today. The exhibit transports viewers to eight rural and urban locations in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America, where Carnival is among the most important occasions of the year.
The exhibition presented an introduction to the cultural context of Indonesia, interpretation for the basic elements of performance including gamelan, the stories and characters presented in classic wayang performance, aspects of contemporary performance, various forms of wayang found in Indonesia, and the incredible, labor-intensive process of making wayang kulit. The exhibition won an award from the American Association of Museums for Overall Excellence in Exhibitions, 2010.
Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress (2013)
Until the mid-twentieth century, Macedonian women wove, embroidered, and wore ensembles of dress that indicated what village they came from and where they were in the cycle of life. From puberty through betrothal, marriage, child bearing, and old age, dress changed to reflect status change. The Museum collection was complemented with a large donation from the Macedonian Arts Council so it is now the largest and most comprehensive museum collection in the United States.
Daily Walk-In Docent Tours
Our docents open up the world of folk art and the history of the museum to you. No reservations are required for docent tours, which are available:
10:30 & 11:30AM and 2:00PM. To confirm the day’s tours, please call the museum front desk at 505-476-1204.Learn More