Breaking News Bar
posted: 8/30/2013 10:24 PM

Mexican Folk Art exhibit comes to Waukegan library

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Papier-mâché skeletal horse and rider by Joel García. The exhibit "El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art" will run through Oct. 4 at the Waukegan Public Library.

      Papier-mâché skeletal horse and rider by Joel García. The exhibit "El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art" will run through Oct. 4 at the Waukegan Public Library.
    Courtesy of the Waukegan Public Library

  • Huichol bead horse, made of wood, beeswax, and glass beads by an anonymous artist.

      Huichol bead horse, made of wood, beeswax, and glass beads by an anonymous artist.
    Courtesy of the Waukegan Public Library

 
Waukegan Public Library submission

Mexico possesses a rich history of popular art that reaches more than 2,000 years into the past and continues today in villages, towns, and cities throughout the country.

"El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art", opening Sept. 4 at Waukegan Public Library, celebrates this enduring legacy through 22 examples, including ceramics, metalwork, paintings, paper art, and sculpture.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Each work in the exhibition focuses on the horse and related subjects, which have long attracted the attentions of Mexican folk artists.

Since introduced by the Spanish, the horse has held special prominence in Mexican culture. Many of the heroes and saints of Mexico, including Zapata, a rebel leader in the Mexican Revolution, and Santiago, the Apostle St. James, are portrayed on horseback.

Today, with their long history as ranchers and cowboys, Mexicans are recognized for being among the best equestrians in the world.

El Caballo demonstrates the diversity and vitality of modern Mexican folk art. Its artisans produce some of the world's most exciting examples of popular art, interweaving a collective tradition with individual expressions of creativity.

Using whatever materials are at hand, these artists fashion an array of utilitarian, ceremonial, and decorative objects. While most of these creations are regional, even local, in concept and design, they share distinctly Mexican features that give them a sense of national identity.

El Caballo will be on display starting through Oct. 4 on the main floor of the library, at 128 North County St. Families are encouraged to explore the exhibit together with a free exhibit guide filled with activities about horses and folk art.

El Caballo is curated by Robert Cugno and Robert Logan, directors of the Media Gallery in Garnett, Kansas. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at www.maaa.organd www.eusa.org.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.