DOBLES VIDAS Exhibition of Mexican Folk Art to Open 8/18 at USF's Thacher Gallery

DOBLES VIDAS Exhibition of Mexican Folk Art to Open 8/18 at USF's Thacher Gallery

The University of San Francisco's Thacher Gallery is pleased to announce its second collaboration with The Mexican Museum to present folk art traditions from Mexico. The exhibition, Dobles Vidas: Folk Art from The Mexican Museum, will showcase more than 60 artworks that explore the many stories an object can tell about the people, places, and traditions of those who create, use, and collect them. From Huichol yarn paintings to wooden animals, ceramic muñecas to barro negro, Dobles Vidas examines the many facets of folk art in Mexico as a way to build understanding. Located insideUSF'sGleeson Library, the Thacher Gallery is free and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. daily.

As the title Dobles Vidas (Double Lives) suggests, this exhibit focuses on the lives and stories that folk art encompasses. While the majority of folk artists remain anonymous, Dobles Vidas introduces viewers to a number of Mexico's internationally-recognized artists--Doña Rosa, Teodora Blanco, Josefina Aguilar, and Pedro Linares--as well as major collectors such as Nelson A. Rockefeller who brought Mexico's folk art traditions to the attention of the New York art establishment in 1940.

Dobles Vidas includes works from nine of Mexico's states, looking at the ways that locale--which regions artworks comes and where they are commonly used, whether it be in the home, church or elsewhere--influences the materials and aesthetics of a particular artwork. Focusing on place, gallery visitors will discover the many ways that function influences form, with a focus on ceramics from Jalisco, Oaxaca, Pueblo and Mexico City.

This exhibition also presents masks and hats used in indigenous ceremonies as well as objects used to commemorate important Mexican religious festivals such as Day of the Dead and Day of the Virgin Guadalupe. In contrast, the exhibit also celebrates artists' imaginations and innovations. Perhaps best known among these are the fantastical papier maché alejibres first imagined by Pedro Linares during a fever-induced hallucination in the 1940s. Today the alebrije is synonymous with Mexican folk art.

Dobles Vidas is the second collaboration between The Mexican Museum and the University of San Francisco's Thacher Gallery and Masters in Museum Studies Program. Drawn from The Mexican Museum's extensive collection of more than 7,000 pieces of folk art, the exhibit highlights works from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection.

Dobles Vidas Events

The Dobles Vidas exhibit opens August 18 and includes a number of events that are free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend the following:

· Tuesday, August 26, from 2-4 p.m.:An insider's introduction and opening reception will take place in the gallery.