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In the spring of 2017, there was a confined flood in the Latin American Folk Art gallery. This incident required a complete deinstallation in order to repair the gallery space. After being closed for three years, the gallery will reopen with a new interpretation of treasured collection.

The collection became internationally recognized after the donation of two major Latin American folk art collections: the Nelson A. Rockefeller Mexican Folk Art Collection and the Robert K. Winn Folk Art Collection. It has grown exponentially over the past 35 years, thanks to the efforts of Marion Oettinger Jr., the Curator Emeritus of Latin American Art, and is comprised of approximately 8,000 objects.

Instead of using traditional themes to organize the gallery (utility, decoration, ceremony, and play), the reinstallation structures the collection using flexible themes such as, “Life, Death, and Faith” and “Legacies of Craftsmanship.” The gallery will also share the history of the Latin American folk art collection and frame it within the movement to promote and collect Latin American folk art in the 20th century.

The gallery will be known as the Latin American Popular Art Gallery. This new title provides a more faithful translation of the original Spanish term for this genre (arte popular). The term “popular art” in this context also encompasses a broader range of Latin American and Spanish material culture, taking into consideration the remarkable size and diversity of SAMA’s Latin American art collection.

In the spring of 2017, there was a confined flood in the Latin American Folk Art gallery. This incident required a complete deinstallation in order to repair the gallery space. After being closed for three years, the gallery will reopen with a new interpretation of treasured collection.

The collection became internationally recognized after the donation of two major Latin American folk art collections: the Nelson A. Rockefeller Mexican Folk Art Collection and the Robert K. Winn Folk Art Collection. It has grown exponentially over the past 35 years, thanks to the efforts of Marion Oettinger Jr., the Curator Emeritus of Latin American Art, and is comprised of approximately 8,000 objects.

Instead of using traditional themes to organize the gallery (utility, decoration, ceremony, and play), the reinstallation structures the collection using flexible themes such as, “Life, Death, and Faith” and “Legacies of Craftsmanship.” The gallery will also share the history of the Latin American folk art collection and frame it within the movement to promote and collect Latin American folk art in the 20th century.

The gallery will be known as the Latin American Popular Art Gallery. This new title provides a more faithful translation of the original Spanish term for this genre (arte popular). The term “popular art” in this context also encompasses a broader range of Latin American and Spanish material culture, taking into consideration the remarkable size and diversity of SAMA’s Latin American art collection.

In the spring of 2017, there was a confined flood in the Latin American Folk Art gallery. This incident required a complete deinstallation in order to repair the gallery space. After being closed for three years, the gallery will reopen with a new interpretation of treasured collection.

The collection became internationally recognized after the donation of two major Latin American folk art collections: the Nelson A. Rockefeller Mexican Folk Art Collection and the Robert K. Winn Folk Art Collection. It has grown exponentially over the past 35 years, thanks to the efforts of Marion Oettinger Jr., the Curator Emeritus of Latin American Art, and is comprised of approximately 8,000 objects.

Instead of using traditional themes to organize the gallery (utility, decoration, ceremony, and play), the reinstallation structures the collection using flexible themes such as, “Life, Death, and Faith” and “Legacies of Craftsmanship.” The gallery will also share the history of the Latin American folk art collection and frame it within the movement to promote and collect Latin American folk art in the 20th century.

The gallery will be known as the Latin American Popular Art Gallery. This new title provides a more faithful translation of the original Spanish term for this genre (arte popular). The term “popular art” in this context also encompasses a broader range of Latin American and Spanish material culture, taking into consideration the remarkable size and diversity of SAMA’s Latin American art collection.

WHEN

WHERE

San Antonio Museum of Art
200 W. Jones Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78215
https://www.samuseum.org/artwork/exhibition/popularart/

TICKET INFO

Free-$20
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