Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Exciting New Gallery with a Conscience at the International Folk Art Museum

The Santa Fe Museum of International Folk Art, the largest such museum in the world, has embarked on a very exciting new project with the opening of the Gallery of Conscience.  The Gallery, which opened on July 4, 2010, has been enjoyed by many guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.

Exhibitions in this new gallery space will highlight issues that threaten the survival of the traditional arts around the world, from Bolivia, Rwanda, Peru, Swaziland, India, Kenya, Laos, South Africa, Morocco and Nepal.

Says Marsha Bol, Director of the Museum of International Folk Art. “We intend to address, over the course of the next few years, such issues as: the ecological implications of the acquisition of materials used in producing folk arts, the impact of political conflict and war on folk arts, and various economic and social issues that threaten to disrupt folk arts.  We will also exhibit examples of successful solutions to such circumstances.” Exhibition highlights include weaving, beadwork, painting, baskets, embroidery and other traditional folk arts created by artists who attended the 2010 Summer International Folk Art Market. 

This inaugural exhibit, devoted to the empowerment of women, will be open until May 8, 2011.

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