Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Mexico Road Trip: Museum of International Folk Art, Part Two

As I said in my first post about Santa Fe's Museum of International Folk Art, it was the highlight of our week in New Mexico and the cause of both Denis and me wearing out our camera batteries. I took so many photos there that I've split my final choices into three separate posts. This is the second one which will take you from the main exhibition hall of the first post and into the Hispanic Heritage Wing for the Flamenco exhibit. My mother loved flamenco music, and I grew up listening to it on Mom's hi-fi. Thanks to Youtube, I'm listening to a wonderful flamenco guitar as I share these photos with you. Enjoy.

Wonderful carved doors leading to another section of the museum.

Native American art of the Pacific Northwest. Gorgeous!

When we entered the Hispanic Heritage wing, I was thrilled to see that most of the exhibit showcased wonderful needlework. Some of the work like the shawl in the photo below shone so brightly in the lights that it was only when you got up close and personal that you could see the stitching and the hours and hours of work it took with delicate materials like silk thread to make the shawl.  ¡Fantastico!

A Manila Shawl from China or Spain, 1900-1930

Detail of the shawl.

Bullfighter's Entrance Cape, Madrid, Spain, ca. 1955

Detail of the bullfighter's cape. ¡Ole!

Another section of the Hispanic Heritage Wing.

Detail of the stitching on the bullfighter's cape from the photo above.

Detail from the bullfighter's jacket.

Denis wearing out his camera battery.

Manila Shawl, China, 19th century

Detail of the shawl.

The Spirit of Flamenco by Roland van Loon, 2015

You can also see this painting in the photo I took of Denis, and that angle is the best because it seems to catch fire in that lighting. The artist really captured the heart of flamenco. 

Next week, I'll conclude my visit to the Museum of International Folk Art with a visit to the Tramp Art exhibit. See you then!



  1. All of that art is fantastic. Love those doors, and they look like other Pacific Northwest Indigenous art I've seen.

    And those shawls and capes. On the first shawl, the close-up is very good. I've never seen that kind of handiwork detail. How much work it must have been to make even one shawl.

    I wonder if this kind of handiwork is still done everywhere or if most clothing is manufactured. But there still must be people sewing and embroidering all over the world.

    the first post sent me to the museum's website and I must return.

    1. I would imagine most is manufactured, but I know the true art is still being practiced out there throughout the world. And if the artist has the right contacts, the prices the person can command for the work should be good. I've sold things I've made before, and unless you can sell to those with money who appreciate handmade things, you can't charge what you really should for the hours it took you to make it. I'm much happier making gifts.

  2. Oh, what a lovely place, Cathy! And those are gorgeous 'photos, too. I could spend all day looking through that place, I suspect.


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