Folk art exhibits

Two exhibits will be shown at the Peter Paul Luce Gallery Sunday, Jan. 20 through March 3.

“Traditional Mexican Folk Art from Michoacan: Selections from the Deibner-Hanson Collection,” features traditional folk art collected in Michoacan by Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History Doug Hanson and Sue Deibner ’78 during student trips to Mexico, along with photographs taken in pottery villages. Hanson’s most fulfilling course, which he taught for 25 years, was an off-campus course in Mexico that took place in indigenous pottery villages in which the potters demonstrated their works and shared their culture. This exhibit honors those indigenous potters who served as teachers to Cornell students.
As part of its UIMA Legacy Program, The University of Iowa Museum of Art is sharing its collection of Oaxacan wood-carvings originally shown in the 2006 exhibition, “Crafting Traditions: Oaxacan Wood Carvings,” with the Peter Paul Luce Gallery. The exhibition features many contemporary works, several specially commissioned by the museum. The show was originally organized by Professor Michael Chibnik, chair of the UI department of anthropology, and noted economic anthropologist, as part of his research into the importance of the indigenous folk art trade on Mexico’s economy.
An opening reception and gallery talk will be held at McWethy Hall on Sunday, Jan. 20,  from 2 to 4 p.m. The Luce Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays.