La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste

La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste


December 11, 2022 - June 30, 2024

Mexican cartonería uses simple materials of paste, cardboard, and paper to create a diverse array of subjects such as piñatas, dolls, Day of the Dead skeletons, and fantastical animals called alebrijes.  The first exhibition to focus exclusively on a Mexican folk art tradition in many years, La Cartonería Mexicana will display whimsical historic sculptures from the Museum of International Folk Art’s Permanent Collection.  Many of the sculptures were collected by Alexander Girard and have never been displayed.  These historic works will be exhibited alongside the work of contemporary Mexican piñata makers, highlighting that cartonería is a vital, living tradition.  Mexican artists will be invited to work in the gallery, offering visitors to experience the creativity of cartonería today. 

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To Keep Them Warm: The Alaska Native Parka

To Keep Them Warm: The Alaska Native Parka


May 21, 2023 - April 7, 2024

Parkas are complex expressions of Alaska Native cultures’ deep respect for the animals of land and sea. The harmonious marriage of beauty, function, and resourcefulness, parkas are a living tradition rooted in centuries of indigenous knowledge of material science and design. They also demonstrate the resilience of indigenous communities to thrive in the arctic environment. 

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Between the Lines: Prison Art & Advocacy

Between the Lines: Prison Art & Advocacy


September 8, 2024 - September 5, 2025

Between the Lines: Prison Art & Advocacy seeks to re-humanize the incarcerated. Through a combination of in-gallery artworks, fresh multimedia pieces (interviews with returned citizens and allies, art-making demonstrations, etc.) and community-co-developed events, this exhibition will explore prisoners’ rights, recidivism / systemic oppression, and transitional justice.

It invites an expansive definition of imprisonment, incorporating perspectives from criminal detention centers alongside ICE detention centers, Native boarding schools, and other systems of internment. Between the Lines will challenge the narrative about who prisoners are, while exploring the ripple effects detention has on family and community. Rooted in prisoners’ resilience, ingenuity and creativity, this exhibition also examines how the arts can be a catalyst for healing, rehabilitation, and change, and an act of resistance in themselves.

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