Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art from the Collection of Formento Cultural Banamex, A.C.
July 21, 2002–March 15, 2003
New York, NY
This exhibition showcases 181 master artists from all 31 states of the Mexican Republic. These artists represent many diverse traditions, including 21 indigenous cultures from 19 of those states. The great masters employ a wide array of materials including clay, plant fibers, wood, metals, cotton, wool, silk, paper, stone, leather, shell, wax, feathers and glass. Many of the artists use techniques handed down from one generation to the next, often within the same families and villages. The resulting works of art reveal the artists' connections to their communities, land, traditions, and cultures.