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Miracles of Mexican Folk Art: Retablos and Ex Votos (April 7-June 11, 2016)

Miracles of Mexican Folk Art: Retablos and Ex Votos

April 7-June 11, 2016

Miracles of Mexican Folk Art: Retablos and Ex-votos celebrates Mexico’s vibrant artistic and religious patrimony. This exhibition features 36 religious votive paintings, “retablos” and “ex votos” made during the late colonial and independence eras in Mexico, from the late 18th century through the early 20th century. Each painting depicts Christian personages venerated by Mexican communities for their aid in securing good health, hope, and eternal salvation. Votive paintings in these and related genres are found throughout the Americas. The exhibition also features “Milagros” (miracles), small objects believed to intensify the power of prayer.

This important collection of Mexican religious folk art was assembled over a fifteen year period by the Americas Institute of Art, Culture and History, under the direction of anthropologist Dr. Antonio Sanchez, with curatorial assistance from Mariana Carolina Lucero and Dr. Isidro Gallegos.

Installation detail of exhibit

Miracles of Mexican Folk Art Exhibit

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