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Folk Art Treasures at San Francisco's Mexican Museum

Magazine article Sunset

Folk Art Treasures at San Francisco's Mexican Museum

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Folk art treasures at San Francisco's Mexican museum

Tradition-rich Mexican folk art, donatedas a bequest from Nelson Rockefeller's collection, is in its final month of display at San Francisco's Mexican Museum.

Rockefeller selected and bought all theworks. From 1933 until his death in 1978, he gathered an impressive collection of more than 3,000 works.

The exhibition takes up the small MexicanMuseum's entire gallery space, yet represents just a part of the Rockefeller bequest (more will be shown later). Ceramics predominate, but you'll also find some masks, a smattering of textiles, and a few lacquered boxes. Objects are the best of traditional-style folk art, hand-made with simple techniques and materials, and often from states famous for their arts: Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacan, and Oaxaca. Their significance is heightened by concerns over the diminishing pool of Mexican artisans and loss of traditional styles.

For example, the tall, flesh-colored claydolls from Guerrero are molded by hand and brush-painted in natural tones. …

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