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!