June 23 – Exhibition opening at the Museum
4:00 pm – PowerPoint presentation by curator Alex Muñúzuri
5:00 pm – Member preview 6:00 pm – Public preview
Folk Art from Oaxaca: Eight Artists, Eight Voices exhibition will consist of 50 sculptures, showcasing the work of eight indigenous Oaxacan artisans: Four potters with ancestral and unique techniques, and three wood carvers, particularly “Alebrijes,” which are whimsical carvings depicting animals, people, objects, and imaginary creatures painted with intense colors and intricate patterns from Oaxaca, Mexico.
Mario Castellanos Gonzalez, one of the exhibiting artists, will travel to Michigan to give workshops at the Museum, the Midland Center for The Arts and Creative 360 in Midland, the Saginaw Art Museum in Saginaw, and Studio 23 in Bay City. He will demonstrate to students how he carves and paints the wood to make his Alebríjes.
Alejandra Munuzuri, a resident of Oaxaca, is the exhibition curator and will travel to the Museum in June 2017 to give a lecture on the work of the artists as well as contemporary Oaxacan folk art in general.
Artist: Manuel Reyes
Artist: Leticia García Blanco
Artist: Giovanni Melchor Ramos
Artist: Fernando Peguero
Artists: Mario Castellanos Gonzalez and Reina Ramirez Carrillo
Neftali Martinez Villanueva
This exhibition is supported by: Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Saginaw Community Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Nexteer Automotive, Victor Aviles, Jim Jaime, Jury Foundation, Michigan Pipe and Valve, Coco Loco Mexican Grill & Bar (Jose Costilla), and Kathleen Chantaca-Kubczak.