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University of San Francisco Partners with The Mexican Museum to Present Dobles Vidas

AUGUST 1, 2014 - San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) 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 inside USF’s Gleeson Library, the Thacher Gallery is free and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. daily.

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.