Member Preview of La Cartoneria Mexicana/The Mexican Art of Paper Mache

Member Preview of La Cartoneria Mexicana/The Mexican Art of Paper Mache

January 28, 2023
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Members, Museum of International Folk Art

Join us for a Member Preview of La Cartoneria Mexicana/The Mexican Art of Paper Mache.

Mexican cartonería uses simple materials of paste, cardboard, and paper to create a diverse array of subjects such as piñatas, dolls, Day of the Dead skeletons, and fantastical animals called alebrijes.  The first exhibition to focus exclusively on a Mexican folk art tradition in many years, La Cartonería Mexicana will display more than 100 whimsical historic sculptures from the Museum of International Folk Art’s Permanent Collection.  Many of the sculptures were collected by Alexander Girard and have never been displayed.  These historic works will be exhibited alongside the work of three visiting cartoneros who will be creating work at the Museum of International Folk Art.  Their work highlights that cartonería is a vital, living tradition.

The exhibition will take place in the Hispanic Heritage Wing at the Museum of International Folk Art.  The Hispanic Heritage Wing is one of the few museum wings in the United States which devotes space to display the art and heritage of Hispanic and Latino culture. Th Museum of International Folk Art shapes a humane world by connecting people through creative expression and artistic traditions.

An email invitation will sent prior to the event.