Rethinking Material Culture From the Americas II

"Folk Art and Craft in Latin America, 1950-2000"

Folk Art has been a subject traditionally linked to Latin American art in the United States, from the 1929-30 exhibit of Mexican fine and applied arts organized by Rene d'Harnoncourt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the famous 1940 show at MoMA, Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art, which devoted a large section to folk art. What was the continuation of this story in the second half of the twentieth century? How did folk art and craft from Latin America fit into the narratives of folk art and craft in North America, and where are things now? These are questions posed by Folk Art and Craft in Latin America, 1950-2000.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 5-8pm

Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus of the American Craft Museum, now the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, "LATIN AMERICA: A Personal Perspective--Craft Heritage, Folk Art, Beyond"

Calogero Salvo, Independent Film and Video Maker, New York City, “Juan Félix Sanchez, a Film Portrait of an Artist”

Cándida Fernández Baños de Calderón, Director of Fomento Cultural Banamex, Mexico City, “Great Masters of Latin American Folk Art”

Francesco Pellizzi, Editor of //Res//, Research Associate of Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Chair of the University Seminar on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Columbia University, (comment).

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