Arte y Artesanía Botánica: Mexico’s Abiding Connection to the Natural World
As a part of our campus-wide celebration of Texas Hispanic culture and creativity this October, Celebramos!, we are proud to feature selections of craft and folk art from the Museum of the Americas. This exhibition, which features plant-based pieces such as functional basketry, native Mexican amate bark painting, and Zapotec woven rugs made with natural dyes, celebrates the people, history, and creative beauty of one part of the Hispanic world, Mexico, during the late 19th and 20th century.
The Museum of the Americas presents the vibrant and diverse heritage of native peoples of the Americas through a representative collection of late 19th and 20th century artifacts, crafts, and folk art. The rich cultural traditions of these peoples are reflected in the intricate and distinctive designs of the objects created for daily use, religious ceremonies, and trade. The goal of the Museum of the Americas is to nurture understanding of, and appreciation for, diverse peoples, their history, the beauty they create, and their struggles to survive and preserve their culture while adapting to a changing world.
Location: Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall, BRIT building
Image: Zapotec rug, Herlinda Gutierrez, Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico / hand-spun wool and natural dyes, including indigo and cochineal