Guru Mahatmya

MOIFA research associate Dr. Frank J. Korom offers this mahatmya ("panegyric") in memory of Gurupada Chitrakar of Naya, West Bengal, India.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic from an Indigenous Perspective

Guest contributor America Meredith shares a reflection on mask-making by Native artists in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as seen in selected pieces from First American Art Magazine's 2020 virtual exhibition, Masked Heroes: Facial Coverings by Native Artists.
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Docent's Choice

This Docent's Choice post comes from Diana Mamalaki -- a docent with both MOIFA and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. With her selection of this pillow cover, woven by a young Cretan bride for her trousseau, Diana reflects on the strong women of her own family in the mountain village of Rodakinon, and the appreciation they instilled in her for family, culture, and the arts.​
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Folk Art Piece of the Week - Docent's Choice

Docent Leah Gibbons offers this week's Folk Art Piece of the Week post: a look at the hamsa, a powerful symbol shared for centuries across North African cultures. Leah guides us to the array of hamsas displayed among the amulets, ex-votos, and milagros in the entryway to MOIFA's Multiple Visions exhibit and -- if you look carefully in the exhibit hall -- within and above Alexander Girard's Moroccan scene.
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Folk Art Piece of the Week - Docent's Choice

In this series, MOIFA's docents explore our collections online and select a favorite piece to share with you. This week, Edelma Huntley travels vicariously to the markets of Acatlán de Osorio through the lively market scenes of artist Herón Martinez Mendoza.
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Folk Art Piece of the Week - Docent's Choice

In this series, MOIFA's docents explore our collections online and select a favorite piece to share with you. This week, Ann Murdy presents the "flor immortal" of Delfino and Timoteo López Godínez as found -- to her surprise and delight -- in the Girard Foundation collection at MOIFA.
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Folk Art Piece of the Week - Scholar's Choice

Today's "Folk Art Piece of the Week" post arrives from independent scholar Elizabeth Lillehoj, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University, Chicago. With her selection of a 19th century Shinto votive tablet (ema) painted by Kano Asanobu, Dr. Lillehoj turns attention to its mythic subject, Empress Jingū.
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Folk Art Piece of the Week - Docent's Choice

In this series, MOIFA's docents explore our collections online and select a favorite piece to share with you. This week, Carolyn Culhane discusses Japan's Kokeshi tradition of handcrafted wooden dolls, as seen in the Girard Foundation Collection.
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Folk Art Piece of the Week - Docent's Choice

In this series, MOIFA's docents explore our collections online and select a favorite piece to share with you. This week, Lucie Church explores the history and technique of ceinture fléchée as seen in a 19th century Assumption sash.
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Folk Art Piece of the Week - Docent's Choice

In this series, MOIFA's docents explore our collections online and select a favorite piece to share with you. This week, Nancy Walkup discusses the ceramic figures of Oaxacan artist, Josefina Aguilar.
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