Traditional Art in a Modern World: The Evolution of Folk Art in Oaxaca

Wednesday, February 3 through Saturday, February 6 

Join us for an exciting week of artist demonstrations and art for sale representing the broad spectrum of folk art being hand crafted in Oaxaca, Mexico today. We have invited a select group of highly accomplished artisans, famous for their expert levels of artistry. Each artist will give daily demonstrations and there will be hands-on opportunities for children and families to work with the artists. In addition, each of these talented artisans will have work available for purchase in John M. Lee Court!

Take the opportunity to learn from Fernando Peguero, the winner of the 2014 national prize for the best young artist in Mexico. Learn from Porfirio Gutierrez, an internationally acclaimed weaver who was recently selected by the Smithsonian as an Artist in Leadership. Paint with Julia Fuentes, the only wood carving artist to have formal art training at a prestigious Mexican art school. And relish in the opportunity to see Magdalena Pedro Martinez demonstrating black pottery sculptures that preserve the traditions of indigenous dress in Mexico.
Featuring: Fernando Peguero, Porfirio Gutiérrez, Julia Fuentes, Jose Juan Melchor, Magdalena Pedro Martinez and Yesenia Salgado


Fernando Peguero: Fernando Félix Peguero García is a renowned ceramicist from Santa María Atzompa, a pueblo with a rich ceramics tradition. His grandmother was an innovator of elaborately-decorated terra cotta figures, and he has loved working in terra cotta style since a young age. Fernando is recognized in Mexico for his impressive achievements as a sculptural ceramicist and graphic artist, and has won various honors and awards such as Mexico's annual national youth prize in 2014. Fernando will lead a drop-in clay workshop at Kidseum on February 6 from 12pm to 3pm. 

Porfirio Gutiérrez: Porfirio is an acclaimed Zapotec weaver from Oaxaca. Tradition, authenticity, and finesss and are some of the invaluable qualities about his work and vision. Many of his pieces have been included in prestigious shows and events at major museums such as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. In addition to being an artist and master weaver, Porfirio is an educator and cultural ambassador for the Zapotec people, often lecturing at universities, arts foundations, and museums. For more information, please visit the family website at: . Thirsty First Thursdays on February 4 will feature a conversation with Porfirio, and on February 6 from 11:30am to 1pm, Porfirio will present a cochineal dyeing demonstration! 

Julia Fuentes Santiago and Jose Juan Melchor: Julia is a painter and third-generation wood carver who studied at the prestigious Bellas Artes of Oaxaca. After their marriage, Julia Fuentes and Jose Juan Melchor started their own Oaxacan wood carving studio in 2002. The couple's trademarks are animal wood carvings and Julia is most noted for her use of Zapotec Indian symbolism. Their work is carried in major folk art galleries around the world. Julia Fuentes and Jose Juan Melchor are the rising stars of the Oaxacan wood carvings, and their work is highly sought after by collectors.

Magdalena Pedro Martinez: Magdalena Pedro Martinez is not only one of the greatest talents among the artists who work in the traditional Black Pottery of Oaxaca, but also the most beautiful of spirits. Her mission is to preserve the ancient traditions of her native Oaxaca by concentrating her artwork primarily on beautiful sculptural images of traditional dress styles (or trajes) from the eight magical regions of Oaxaca. Both Magdalena and her husband Raul are medical doctors, but Magdalena remains firmly committed to her art form. As a Master Artist, she has traveled extensively to demonstrate her art at the most prestigious locations, both at home in Mexico and here in the United States. Her work is sought after by collectors around the world, and it is our great honor to be able to share her artwork with you. With Fernando Peguero, Magdalena will be leading a drop-in clay workshop at Thirsty First Thursdays on February 4 from 5pm to 7pm. 

Location: John. M. Lee Court - Kidseum

Price: FREE with museum admission

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February 3, 2016 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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