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"The Red That Colored the World" Exhibition to Open at MOIFA 0 R. Vanscoyoc (Santa Fe, January 26, 2015)—The exhibition The Red That Colored the World opening at the Museum of International Folk Art combines new research and original scholarship to explore the history and widespread use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian Americas. The Red That Colored the World opens on May 17, 2015, and runs through September 13, 2015. The exhibition translates the cochineal story into three dimensions, following the precious bug juice and its use in art from Mexico to Europe to the U.S. and beyond. Highlighting more than 130 objects—textiles, sculpture, paintings, manuscripts, decorative arts, clothing and more—from the Museum of International Folk Art, private lenders, and museums around the world, the exhibition explores the history of cochineal and the seductive visual nature of red. The objects reflect the unique international uses of color, revealing its role in the creative process, and the motivations of artists in their choice of materials. Artists and dyers for centuries strived to find the color source to rival the best reds of nature, and to express the spirit, symbolism, and sustenance of life. Their quest ended in the Aztec marketplaces of 16th-century Mexico, where Spanish explorers encountered the American cochineal bug. The bug created an unparalleled range of reds with potent economic value. Its ensuing global spread launched an epic story of empire and desire that pushed art, culture, and trade to the edge of the unknown. Pre-Columbian weavers used cochineal. So did El Greco, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh. Hispano saint makers and Navajo weavers of the 18th- and 19th-century American Southwest followed suit, as did 20th century-Spanish design icon Mariano Fortuny. Synthetic dyes eclipsed natural sources in the late 19th century, but cochineal's cachet never completely waned. Through such international objects, the exhibition follows the story to today, where cochineal and the color red remain hot commodities in cosmetics and commercial products, contemporary art, fashion and design, and other expressions of popular culture. In development since 2009, The Red That Colored the World is one of the most ambitious exhibitions that the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) has ever produced. A major scholarly collaboration by an international team of curators, art historians, conservation scientists, and humanities consultants, Red tells the epic story of the history and global use in art of American cochineal. Red follows the cochineal insect through a 2000-year journey of global creativity and trade, as expressed through a range of works from pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial artists of Mexico and Peru, to such international painting masters as El Greco, Francisco de Zurbarán, and José de Ribera, to contemporary New Mexican artists, including Arlene Cisneros Sena, Ramón José López, Rita Padilla Hoffman, D.Y. Begay, and Orlando Dugi. Thanks to a pioneering partnership among conservation scientists from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and the Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España in Madrid, Red showcases objects that have tested scientifically positive to contain cochineal. The exhibition will be on view at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe from May 17 to September 13, 2015, after which it will travel to the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, where it will be on view from November 2015 to March 2016. The Red That Colored the World is one of the "Summer of Color" exhibitions taking place throughout Santa Fe during the summer of 2015. High resolution exhibition images for download are available from the Museum of New Mexico Media Center here. The Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa is the lead sponsor of The Red That Colored the World. The Red That Colored the World has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
"Face Jugs of the American South" lecture at MOIFA 0 R. Vanscoyoc Face jugs of the American South: Lecture (SANTA FE, January 16, 2015)--Face jugs of the American South are the subject of a two-part public program at the Museum of International Folk Art on Sunday, March 22, 1-4pm. John Burrison will give a lecture on the history of this Southern tradition at 1pm, followed by a face jug demonstration by Georgia potter Mike Craven. The programs are in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. Both events are by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays. The face jug is now an icon of Southern folk art. Jugs with sculpted human faces have been made for generations by traditional potters such as members of north Georgia's Meaders and Hewell families. Where did the idea come from, and what meanings have they had to the makers and owners in the past and today? The earliest Southern examples are from antebellum South Carolina, but were they continuing a pottery tradition brought from the Old World, or are they a uniquely American ceramic expression? John Burrison's illustrated talk, "Face Jugs: Southern Tradition, Human Impulse," will explore possible sources as well as the living tradition of face jugs, and place the Southern examples within a global framework, suggesting that humanoid vessels are virtually universal among clay-working societies. His lecture will take place at 1pm in the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Kathryn O'Keeffe Theatre. Immediately following the lecture, walk across Milner Plaza to the Museum of International Folk Art's Atrium, where potter Mike Craven will demonstrate how to make a face jug. A link to downloadable high resolution images from the Media Center is here. About the Program Participants - John A. Burrison, Ph.D., is Regents' Professor of English and director of the folklore curriculum at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he has taught since 1966. He is a leading authority on Georgia folk pottery. His publications include From Mud to Jug: The Folk Potters and Pottery of Northeast Georgia (2010); Roots of a Region: Southern Folk Culture (2007); Storytellers: Folktales and Legends from the South (1989); and Brothers in Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery (1983). Dr. Burrison has also served as curator at the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia since it opened in 2006. - Mike Craven is a 9th-generation potter from a prominent pottery family in northeast Georgia that has been part of this tradition since the early 1800s. He has been working with pottery since he was 11 years old. In 1972, Mike, along with his brother Billy Joe, founded Craven Pottery in Gillsville, Georgia, where Mike Craven continues as principal today. Image Caption Lanier Meaders, Face jug, early 1970s, wood-fired, alkaline-glazed stoneware with kaolin eyes and quartz-pebble teeth, 8 7/8 x 9 x 7 5/8 in. Mossy Creek, GA. Museum of International Folk Art, Gift of Jeff and Emily Camp. (A.1975.26.2) Photo: Addison Doty.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Friday, January 16, 2015
10/15/14: Bulger to give Fife Honor Lecture at Utah State University 0 L. Cashman On Thursday, October 15, 2014, folklorist Peggy Bulger will give a lecture at Utah State University as part of the Fife Folklore Lecture series. The lecture, titled "Full Circle – One Folklorist’s Life in the Public Sector,” will be held at 11:30 am in the Alumni House. Bulger is a former director of the American Folklife Center (1999-2011) at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. who has been documenting folklife and developing and managing associated programs for more than thirty-five years. She is the author of South Florida Folklife (with Tina Bucuvalas and Stetson Kennedy), and the editor of Musical Roots of the South. She was the president of the American Folklore Society from 2000-2002. The Fife Honor Lecture is named in memory of Utah State University folklorists Austin and Alta Fife. It has been a USU tradition for over thirty years and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the study and preservation of folklore. Past speakers include Nick Spitzer (Host of Public Radio International's "American Routes"), Trudier Harris (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Carl Lindahl (University of Houston), Burt Feintuch (University of New Hampshire), and Peggy Seeger (folk singer).
by L. Cashman
Friday, September 12, 2014
Wyoming State Museum Exhibition, “Art of the Hunt: Wyoming Traditions” 1 A. Intern I would like to add that the Art of the Hunt project is a joint undertaking of the University of Wyoming American Studies Program and the Wyoming Arts Council, and that fieldwork, planning, and fundraising was also done by Annie Hatch at the WAC, and not just by me, as the UW press release implied. It has been a team effort from the start, and in fact was originally conceived by Annie. Thanks, Andrea Graham
by A. Graham
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Spanish Art Environments 0 J. Hernandez Groundbreaking Book and Exhibition Survey Extraordinary Spanish Art Environments Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";}
by J. Hernandez
Friday, October 11, 2013
Yosemite Songwriting Retreat: October 11–14, 2013 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Yosemite Songwriting Retreat provides a wonderful opportunity for anyone with a desire to work on their songwriting skills or to explore an urge to try songwriting for the first time. This songwriting retreat is an intensive two days and nights of instruction with a variety of strong song writers, performance opportunities, recording opportunities, and jamming. The beautiful, natural setting is near the Merced River canyon and Yosemite National Park. For more information please visit
by R. Vanscoyoc
Friday, September 06, 2013
8/25/13, Hollywood Bowl: The Goat Rodeo Sessions 0 L. Cashman Yo-Yo Ma • Chris Thile • ­Stuart Duncan • Edgar Meyer The Goat Rodeo Sessions An evening of Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, and beyondAn astounding group of virtuosos – Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Chris Thile on mandolin, Edgar Meyer on bass and Stuart Duncan on fiddle – expands musical horizons from high-spirited Celtic and bluegrass stylings to jazzy improvisations and beyond.Presented by LA Phil. For tickets and information visit
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
4/17/13: Shalom Sabar gives USU Fife Honor Lecture 0 L. Cashman The 32nd annual Fife Honor Lecture, saluting the pioneering work of local folklorists Austin and Alta Fife and hosted by the Utah State University Folklore Program, will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 11:30 p.m. in the Haight Alumni House.  This year Professor Shalom Sabar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will speak on "The Sacrifice of Isaac in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Art."  The public is invited and attendance is free.  Light refreshments will be served.   Shalom Sabar is a Professor of Jewish Art and Folklore at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Born in the neo-Aramaic speaking Kurdish-Jewish community of Zakho, Iraq, Professor Sabar earned his Ph.D. in Art History from UCLA , writing on the illustrated marriage contracts of the Jews in Renaissance and Baroque Italy.  He is one of the foremost experts in the world on the beautiful folk tradition of illustrated marriage contracts ("ketubbot").   His research unites the disciplines of art history and folklore. It highlights issues pertaining to the folk nature of Jewish art and Jewish material culture, visual materials and objects associated with rituals in the life and year cycles, and the evidence these materials provide about the relationships between the Jewish minorities and the societies that hosted them in Christian Europe and the Islamic East.   Among his many books are: Ketubbah: Jewish Marriage Contracts of the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum and Klau Library (1990); Mazal Tov: Illuminated Jewish Marriage Contracts from the Israel Museum Collection, Jerusalem (1994); Jerusalem - Stone and Spirit: 3000 Years of History and Art (with Dan Bahat; 1997), and The Life Cycle [of the Jews in the Lands of Islam] (2006).   Professor Sabar is a visiting professor at the University of Washington this year and lectures widely in universities, museums, and public institutions in Israel, Europe and the United States. He also guides traveling seminars to Jewish sites in Europe, North Africa and Central Asia.   The Fife Honor Lecture is sponsored by the Folklore Program, the Department of English Speaker Series, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.   For more information, please contact Steve Siporin ( or 797-2722).
by L. Cashman
Monday, April 15, 2013
Salt Lake City: Weaving a Revolution:...Contemporary Navajo Baskets 0 L. Cashman Weaving a Revolution: A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets Natural History Museum of UtahThe University of Utah301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108January 12--April 28, 2013From the website at a Revolution: A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets is the story of a design revolution that has been underway for the past thirty years along the Utah Strip of the Navajo reservation.  A cluster of families—the Blacks, Bitsinnies, and Rocks—quietly continued the Navajo tradition of ceremonial basket-making generations after basketry died out elsewhere in the region.Weaving a Revolution features more than 150 works of art created over the past thirty years by basket makers from the Monument Valley, Utah area.  Today, they make traditional ceremonial baskets as they always have, but have also created an explosion of design and imagery enthusiastically embraced by both the international art market and fellow Navajos who are aware of this work. Swirling with geometric patterns, stylized plants and animals, and the sacred beings of origin stories, the baskets pay tribute to the past, preserve tradition, and honor creativity.
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Chieftains to Play at LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall on February 17 0 R. Vanscoyoc For information and tickets, please go to
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Astoria, OR: 2013 FisherPoets Gathering 2/21-24/2016 0 L. Cashman From the website at Fisher Poets Gathering invites those who've worked in the commercial fishing industry and who've been a part of its community to come give us a poem or a story.  If you are new to the Fisher Poets Gathering, please contact Jon Broderick at and send him a sample of your stuff.  The Fisher Poets Gathering is not a well-oiled machine.  Despite our best intentions, it's cobbled together pretty hastily each winter.  You'd best contact us by December if you'd like to participate.
by L. Cashman
Friday, November 30, 2012
Italian Americans, California Italians 0 R. Vanscoyoc Italian Americans, California Italians October 22, 2012, 9:30am, Royce 314, UCLAImbedded in the very title of this conference is the assumption that there is something different, even singular or unique, in Italian migration in California compared with the rest of the United States and beyond. To say "California Italians” is to suggest that this place may be akin to another Italy. We therefore address this question head on, identifying the most important traits of this relationship, challenging the very assumption or elaborating it by reference to internal differentiations within Italian migration to California.9:30am WelcomeThomas Harrison, Chair, Department of Italian, UCLAGiuseppe Perrone , Consul General of Italy10:00am Geographies of MigrationModerator: Thomas Harrison, Department of Italian, UCLAItalians in ‘Our Italy’: Adaptation and Success on the California Frontier Edward Tuttle Professor, Department of Italian, UCLAChasing Ghosts: Los Angeles' (Hidden) Italian RootsMarianna Gatto Executive Director, Italian American Museum of Los AngelesItalian Los Angeles:Hidden and Emergent CartographiesLuisa Del Giudice Independent Scholar, Founder & Former Director of the Italian Oral History InstituteConstructing Ethnicity: Sicilian Women and the Fishing Community of MontereyCarol Lynn McKibben Lecturer, Coordinator Public History/Public Service, Stanford University12:00pmLunch Break1:30pm Representations, Landscapes, and TheoriesModerator: John Agnew, Professor, Department of Geography, UCLAThe Two Bandini Families of California: Examining Transnationalism in History and FictionJoAnne Ruvoli Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Italian, UCLAChi ha prato ha tutto: Environmental Factors which Contributed to the Shaping of the Italian American Settler in CaliforniaGloria Ricci Lothrop Professor of History Emerita, California State University, NorthridgeItalian American Identity in California: Landscape, History, and the California Italian American NovelKenneth Scambray Professor of English, University of La VerneConstructing an Italian-Californian AestheticLaura E. Ruberto Professor and co-chair, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies,Berkeley City College3:30pmCoffee Break3:45 pm Cinematic Voyages in the Italian American CommunityModerator: Claudio Fogu, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, UCSBFrom Pane amaroto Italians in the Golden StateGianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien, FilmmakersOrganized by: Claudio Fogu, Thomas Harrison, JoAnne Ruvoli and Massimo Sarti.Sponsored by UCLA’s Department of Italian, the Italian American Studies Association, Istituto Italiano di Cultura(IIC) in Los Angeles, Patrons of Italian Culture at IIC, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at UCLA, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles.View conference program here.  (
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, October 08, 2012
Exhibition: Tough by Nature: Portraits of Cowgirls and Ranch Women 0 L. Cashman Tough by Nature: Portraits of Cowgirls and Ranch Women of the American West exhibition debuts at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art   The exhibition, by Eugene artist Lynda Lanker, features portraits and stories from 49 women from 13 states    EUGENE, Ore. -- (March 26, 2012) –"Tough By Nature: Portraits of Cowgirls and Ranch Women of the American West,” an exhibition by Lynda Lanker,  opens this summer at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. The public is invited to a free opening reception on June 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through September 9, 2012.   "Tough By Nature” showcases Lynda Lanker’s passion for the American West and the women who have shaped it. Once dominated by ranches and agriculture, the West has been tamed and transformed through settlement and corporate development. This special exhibition honors the spirit and stories of ranch women and cowgirls who gain their sustenance and livelihood from the land. Though her work, Lanker documents a vanishing way of life that affirmed the role of women in the economy and ecology of the West. Following its presentation at the JSMA, the exhibition will travel to other venues under the auspices of Landau Traveling Exhibitions.   "Lynda Lanker is an immensely talented and versatile artist,” says museum executive director and exhibition curator Jill Hartz.  "One of the great achievements of this exhibition is the range of media Lynda uses to capture the spirit of her women.”    Featured in the exhibition are charcoal and graphite drawings as well as stone and plate lithographs, acrylics, oil pastels, and egg tempera.   "In the studio, the challenge was how to best represent these exceptional women to the public through my art” explains Lanker. "I executed a number of pieces using a mixed media of oil pastel over watercolor or acrylic. But when I got to the portrait of New Mexico cowgirl Mary Caldwell, the media didn’t evoke who she was. So I made my first egg tempera, and there was Mary, right in front of me.”   Over nineteen years, Lanker traveled to 13 Western states, sketching, painting, interviewing and photographing more than 50 iconic Western women. The exhibition represents the culmination of a 19-year-long labor of love by Lanker, who is known in the Pacific Northwest as a consummate portrait painter. Her commissioned portraits include, among many others, five presidential portraits for the University of Oregon.   "I undertook this project because the character of these women is right there on the surface,” says Lanker. "Nothing to chip away. Just right there ready for me to express on paper or canvas or whatever.”   Born May 5, 1943, in Kansas City, Missouri, Lynda Lanker grew up in Wichita, Kansas, where she attended Wichita State University and received her bachelor’s degree in art education. In the mid-1980s her watercolors were recognized by Millard Sheets, a renowned artist of the California School, who awarded Lanker the sweepstakes prize in a competition of watercolor portraits. He subsequently arranged solo shows for the artist, generating sales of her work and the teaching of workshops.   The exhibition is accompanied by a hard-cover fully illustrated catalog, which includes contributions by Larry McMurtry, Sandra Day O’Connor and Maya Angelou, as well as an artist’s statement.  Featuring portraits and interviews with 49 of the women Lanker visited, the publication, which is made possible by The Ford Family Foundation and private donors, is distributed by Oregon State University Press. It will be available in the museum’s shop beginning June 30, at a price of $39.95.   About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest visual arts center for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art based in a major university setting. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.  The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, America and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon accredited by the American Association of Museums.   The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.   About the University of Oregon The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.   Contact: Debbie Williamson Smith, 541-346-0942,   Link:Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Lynda Lanker,  
by L. Cashman
Friday, July 13, 2012

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