Textiles from the John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art

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Date(s) - 09/22/2018 - 11/25/2018
All Day

Art Museum of Southeast Texas


On view September 22 through November 25, 2018
Opening Reception: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2018
Free and open to the public

This fall we will feature a stunning exhibition of contemporary and historic Mexican textiles from AMSET’s permanent collection of Mexican Folk Art, gifted by John Gaston Fairey in memory of his parents, Philip and Isabel Fairey. Most of the work is from Oaxaca and from families of artists and artisans. There are many works by unknown artists, and numerous pieces acquired after multiple visits to an artist’s home in remote and hard to find sites. The textiles on view example the vibrant colors and exceptional prowess of Mexican artists working in this field, creating stunning costumes, clothing, blankets, and decorative table covers, as well as woven baskets from native plant fibers. While many of these objects serve a practical function, their aesthetic significance is evidenced in the hand sewn details, indigenous dyes from snails and native plants, and ornate patterns, which set these objects as significant examples of the arts of Mexico and symbols of cultural pride.

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