Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art from the Collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex, A.C. July 21, 2002–March 15, 2003 George Gustav Heye Center New York, New York
Featuring more than 600 masterworks from all 31 states of the Mexican Republic, this exhibition offers a comprehensive view of the most exceptional contemporary folk art of Mexico. Nearly 200 master artists draw from their ancestral traditions, dating back more than 1000 years in some cases. The artists employ a vast array of materials, including clay, wood, straw, leather, feathers, silk, cotton, metals, and stone. This traveling exhibition is organized and sponsored by the Fomento Cultural Banamex A.C. based in Mexico City. The exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of Banamex Citigroup. Corono Extra, CONACULTA (National Council for Culture and Arts), Tequila Herradura, and Aeromexico. A catalog is available in the museum shop.
Ancient Mexican Art from the Collection of the National Museum of the American Indian July 21, 2002–Summer 2003 George Gustav Heye Center New York, NY
This exhibition features forty-four pieces from the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian to illustrate the cultural and historical continuity of Mexican art. The objects—most of which have never before been publicly displayed—include ceramic and stone sculpture, bowls, vessels, pendants, masks, and funerary urns. Most date to before the intrusions of non-Native people into Mexico in the 1500s. Several date as far back as 400 B.C.
Ancient Mexican Art provides a window on the world of ancient Mexico, and its objects reveal ancient Native beliefs and traditions. Pendants, bowls, and vessels incorporate images of snakes, scorpions, and especially jaguars, revered as sacred by many indigenous peopoles. Several funerary urns reflect homage to deities, as do wooden and stone-carved objects used during the Mesoamerican ball game.