“Communal Spirit: 3,000 Years of Mexican Artistry” opens Sept. 6 in University Archives

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A new exhibition in the Museum Gallery of University Archives and Special Collections explores the creativity and workmanship of artists working in Mexico beginning in 800 B.C.E. and concluding in the 1990s.

“Communal Spirit: 3,000 Years of Mexican Artistry” incorporates diverse Pre-Columbian artifacts from both western and eastern Mexico, representing eight different indigenous civilizations. The 20th-century folk art presented features many of the same regions, inspiration, and creative techniques. Highlights include a Huastec female ball player ca. 100 B.C.E., a Veracruz flute from 600 A.D, celebrations of the Day of the Dead, and a marketplace scene with more than 100 clay figures, fruits, vegetables, and animals. (Right, Tree of Life)

The exhibition opens September 6 and will continue through December 16.

Events planned include an opening talk and reception at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, with James Doyle, assistant curator, Art of the Ancient Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (Below, musician sculpture, state of Nayarit)

nayarit musician sculptureA curator’s talk with Stephen Vollmer will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Vollmer is the cultural advisor and archivist who participated in the creation of this folk art collection. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history from La Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City and Puebla. Vollmer has held positions at the Tucson Museum of Art; El Consejo Cultural de La Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico; the El Paso Museum of Art; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the Witte Museum of the San Antonio Museum Association.

A Day of the Dead celebration will be held November 1. More details about that event will follow.

Other exhibits on campus this fall:

  •    Operable Units by sculptor and installation artist Sarah Lindley, in University Art Gallery through October 14. The artist will speak about her work at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in Convocation Hall.
  •    Wide Receivers and Near Misses by multidisciplinary artist Lauren Ruth, in the Carlos Gallery through October 1.