Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Mexico Road Trip: Museum of International Folk Art, Final Chapter

Since today is the final chapter of our visit to Santa Fe's wonderful Museum of International Folk Art, I feel as though now I really am saying goodbye. I would love to go back again someday, but we'll just have to see what happens.

This post is all about their exhibit called "No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art."  Tramp art is a style of craftsmanship that uses discarded things to make all sorts of items-- recycling before recycling was cool. (Something our forebears did all the time.) Let's take a look at the items that caught my eye. If you'd like to see any of the photos in greater detail, just click on one, and a new window will automatically open.

This quote is on the front of the museum as well as here in the entrance.

One of the display cases showing a wide variety of items.

Bank with applied wood horse, anchor, birds & hearts. USA ca. 1880s-1907

Cigar-silk pillowcase. USA, late 19th-early 20th century

Detail of pillowcase

Satchel made of wood, leather & metal. France, late 19th century

Detail of satchel

Miniature dresser with acorn from Mark Twain's home. Possibly Missouri, late 19th-early 20th century

Wooden Marriage Bench. France, late 19th-early 20th century

Crown of thorns frame with photographs of actresses from the London stage. Brenton Reef Lightship, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, 1890s

Detail of crown of thorns frame and photograph

"In God We Trust" hinge-topped keepsake box with glass bead details and applied wood rondelles, hearts & birds. USA, 1935

"Valencia" by Freeland Tanner, 2016

Another piece of art from Freeland Tanner, this time with a secret drawer. 2016

"Hermosas Flores" by Freeland Tanner, 2016

Those of you who have been reading Kittling: Books for a while know that I love Dia de los Muertos art. Although I do love it, I've never purchased any for myself, partly because I wanted it to be special when I did. Well, after spending so many amazing hours at the Museum of International Folk Art, I could think of nothing better than visiting their gift shop on the way out and purchasing my Dia de los Muertos art there!

This is called the "Skully Love Retablo" (altarpiece) made in Peru in 2016 by Alcidez Quisper.

No artist's name was given for this hand-painted and carved wooden skull, but I love how the photo turned out!

My tour of Santa Fe's Museum of International Folk Art is now concluded. I hope you enjoyed it!



  1. What gorgeous detail! I really like these, Cathy, and I'll bet the museum must be wonderful just for wandering through, if I can put it like that. Lucky you to have seen it *busily marking the place down for a future trip.*

  2. I love museums. My favorite one is the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, Florida. I've been to New Mexico on vacation but haven't been to this museum.

    1. If you ever find yourself back in Santa Fe, I hope you'll pay a visit.

  3. Happy you found a good place to buy Dia de los Muerto art as you like it so much.

    1. I think most folks have read my Dia de los Muertos posts, taken a look at the art, and thought I was nuts. I will admit that it certainly will not appeal to everyone! :-)

  4. Very beautiful art made out of anything. Amazing.

    Do you know about the Sao Paola dump in Brazil? It's so huge people live in shacks within it. But there is much art made from materials found in the dump.

    Someone made a documentary about it which I wish I could find.

    1. Yes, I've read about that dump. There's also a similar one in Ghana, I believe.


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