El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art


March 26, 2013 to April 28, 2013
El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art
March 26 - April 28, 2013
Mexico celebrates a rich history of popular art that reaches more than 2,000 years into the past and continues today in villages, towns, and cities throughout the country. El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art, celebrates this enduring legacy through twenty-two examples, including ceramics, metalwork, paintings, paper art, and sculpture.

Each work in the exhibition focuses on the horse and related subjects, which have long attracted the attentions of Mexican folk artists. Since introduced by the Spanish, the horse has held special prominence in Mexican culture. Many of the heroes and saints of Mexico, including Zapata, a rebel leader in the Mexican Revolution, and Santiago, the Apostle St. James, are portrayed on horseback. Today, with their long history as ranchers and cowboys, Mexicans are recognized for being among the best equestrians in the world.

El Caballo demonstrates the diversity and vitality of modern Mexican folk art. Its artisans produce some of the world’s most exciting examples of popular art, interweaving a collective tradition with individual expressions of creativity. Using whatever materials are at hand, these artists fashion an array of utilitarian, ceremonial, and decorative objects. While most of these creations are regional, even local, in concept and design, they share distinctly Mexican features that give them a sense of national identity.

The exhibition will be on view during normal gallery hours, with admission $7 for adults, $5 for students, and $12 for families. Visit fwmoa.org or call 260.422.6467 for more information. 
Gallery hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
Sunday 12-5pm

Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 East Main Street
Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Venue Events)
311 East Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN   46802

Phone: (260) 422-6467
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