Mark your calendar for this full-day symposium on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Mexican visual culture is immensely rich and varied. With its unique combination of pre-Conquest and European imagery, it continues to fascinate outsiders and to influence global trends.
Eminent artist Humberto Spindola, creator of complex works in paper, will talk about baroque styles and the Mexican love of decoration. Clothing and textiles still define Mexican identity in many regions.
The artist Frida Kahlo, famous for her theatrical use of traditional Mexican dress and jewellery, is the subject chosen by author James Oles, Senior Lecturer in Art at Wellesley College.
Foreign designers have often drawn inspiration from traditional forms of Mexican dress, but admiration can lead to the cultural ‘appropriation’ or ‘theft’ of indigenous styles, as distinguished anthropologist Marta Turok will explain.
Ana Paula Fuentes, former director of the Textile Museum in Oaxaca, is intent of developing a foreign market for indigenous textiles: international sales enable Maya and Amuzgo women to preserve and protect their own textile heritage.
Many elements of popular culture have a sacred importance within indigenous communities. Chloë Sayer, Research Associate in Textiles at the ROM and guest-curator of the current exhibition ¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture, will talk about the spiritual and ceremonial aspects of textiles, dance-masks and other popular art forms.
The event is a complement to the exhibition ¡Viva México! Clothing and Culture
Presented by: The ROM has one of the largest and most important collections of Mexican textiles in the world, and we’re taking over an entire gallery to show it off. From the iconic to the innovative, ¡Viva México! explodes with colour, regional diversity, and bold Mexican style!
Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre