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A Gathering of Voices

Art that tells a Story

View of living room 2, home of Judith Espinar. Photo: Addison Doty. All objects courtesy of Judith Espinar, promised gift to the Museum of International Folk Art.

A unique exhibition of artifacts from an outstanding personal collection promised to the Museum of International Folk Art explores the stories and primarily ceramic traditions from Mexico,Spain, France, Hungary, Morocco and numerous other countries. The collection includes rich holdings of New Mexico santos, Latin American retablos and metalwork, furniture and textiles from around the world. The exhibition brings together the various voices of international cultures and living traditions, through the vision of one collector.

A Gathering of Voices: Folk Art from the Judith Espinar and Tom Dillenberg Collection celebrates the promised gift to the Museum of International Folk Art of the collection of Judith Espinar and Tom Dillenberg. A founder of the International Folk Art Market and former owner of the famous Clay Angel shop in Santa Fe, Espinar has collected some of the world’s best folk art. The museum opens the exhibition Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. It runs through Aug. 25, 2019.

“Putting this collection together has been the richest journey of my life. If this exhibition inspires others to collect that would be an inspiration to me. When we support living artists, we are honoring the voices of all those makers who came before them. We are in a very real way keeping those voices alive in today’s world. This is what drives my collecting. Collecting is not just accumulating things...it is accumulating stories, experiences of the people we meet and the context of the artwork” — Judith Espinar

The unique installation of A Gathering of Voices reflects how Espinar has lived with folk art, animating the objects through groupings that guide the viewer to cross-cultural comparisons of certain motifs, forms or techniques.

“Espinar’s Collection is transformational for the Museum of International Folk Art and enriches our museum with its careful curation and attention to the highest standards of craft, concept, and beauty. The exhibition will highlight Espinar’s impeccable eyeas a collector” — Khristaan Villela, Director, Museum of International Folk Art.

Museum of International Folk Art is open from 10AM–5PM Tuesdays through Sundays and closed Mondays for the months of November through April; from May through October, the museumis open daily 10 a.m.—5 p.m. Admission $7 for New Mexico residents with ID. $12 for non-residents, free for children 6 and under. The first Sunday of each month is free for New Mexico residents with ID. Wednesdays are free for New Mexico resident seniors (60+) with ID.

Through Feb. 3, 2019—Beadworks Adorns the World, creations made with extraordinary beads from around the world. Through July 17, 2019—Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru exploring new directions taken by citizens of Peru during social, economic and political upheaval.

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