August 4, 2006

Artes de Mexico to Open at Mingei International Museum - North County

This exhibition— composed of two complementary exhibitions, folk art in the Grand Plaza Gallery and pre-Columbian art in the Mezzanine Gallery, celebrates a rich variety of objects made for daily life, play and ceremony. These vital and exuberant arts are intimate expressions of Mexico’s history, vast land, diverse regions and people.

Folk Art of Mexico — Selections from the Collection of Mingei International— August 1, 2006 – January 15, 2007

This exhibition presents contemporary objects of daily use from throughout Mexico fashioned from clay, tin, wood, paper and fiber. Here you will find every aspect of Mexican life represented — from bullrings to busses to weddings and funerals. There is a village alive with whimsical bicycle riders, musicians, market vendors and land and sea vehicles. There are giant parade puppets and fantastic dragon-like creatures called alebrijes. On view are churches, retablos (altar pieces) and religious statues, even a Madonna woven out of straw. An altar to celebrate Día de Los Muertos, the festival honoring departed loved ones, is also on view. The exhibition demonstrates the importance of family, community, religion and fun as well as the creative spirit of Mexican crafts-people.

Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico — Selections from the Collection of Mingei International — August 29, 2006 – January 15, 2007

During the Pre-Columbian era (3000 BC – 1492 AD) the inhabitants of Mexico were making art for daily use and ritual. Many of these objects, fashioned from clay, stone, wood, metal and woven into textiles and baskets, were of rare quality and sophistication.

Clay and stone objects are highlighted in this exhibition. Clay was modeled by hand, perfectly formed without benefit of a wheel. Vessels and figures were often burnished and / or painted. Stone figures, vessels and decorative objects were beautifully executed and often intricately carved. Pre-Columbian pottery and stone carving abound with material from myth and legend — gods, kings, heroes and shamans, as well as realistically portrayed people going about their daily lives. Indigenous and fantastic animals are also decorative themes. Many of these motifs have survived, changed by the Conquest and the passing of time, to be interpreted anew in contemporary folk art.

This twofold exhibition, ARTES DE MEXICO, offers a glimpse of a contemporary, evolving civilization with ancient roots — a rich and vital tradition of art and culture.

Mingei International Museum — North County is located at 155 West Grand Avenue, Escondido.

Hours are Tuesday through Sunday afternoons, 1:00 – 4:00. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors, children (6 – 17) and students with ID. Admission is complimentary on La Jolla Bank Guest Day, the third Tuesday of every month.

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