Artists, Artisans and Museums in Mexico
BFA Visual & Critical Studies presents a conversation between anthropologist and arts advocate Gobi Stromberg (Tonaltzintli/UAEM) and SVA Art History faculty member Carla Stellweg. They will discuss Mexico’s institutional approach to its vast tradition of popular arts and cultures and the significance of contemporary artistic collaboration and appropriation vis-à-vis these art practices. Dr. Stromberg will outline several examples of popular art forms that have experienced permutations since their origins, such as the appropriation by the Otomi and Nahua Indians of bark paper originally used for the registry in the pre-Hispanic codices. In the case of the Taxco silver industry, through dialogue with modernist designers—including William Spratling and Valentin Vidaurreta, and artists Siqueiros, Rivera and Orozco—the Taxco silversmiths were soon at the forefront in jewelry design internationally. The event will end with a brief Q&A.
School of Visual Arts
Room 101C, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York, NY