Arte en la Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture
Gran Gala Saddle, 1930s. Leather saddle, pita fiber embroidery with rose designs, embossed and chiseled silver ironwork, machete with silver inlayed Amozoc-style hilt, black and white sarape and cinch, felt saddle pad and quirt. Courtesy of Maida Quadrini
Dec 21, 2013 to Mar 30, 2014
This exhibition emphasizes the rich legacy of tradition and valor, of honor and custom and of war and peace that surrounds the Mexican charro. In the midst of an ever-changing world, charrería remains a revered cultural tradition – an exhilarating blend of sport, artisanship, and history – celebrated in Mexico and beyond. With more than 150 examples of superlative artisan craftsmanship and design distinctive to the charro, the exhibition features leather work, costumes, textiles, silver, and iron work that illustrate the life of these revered horsemen and women. A public reception will held on Jan, 4 at 2 p.m.
Arte en la Charrería is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in collaboration with Marisú González German and Gabriel Cabello Martinez.
Arte en la Charrería and the Albuquerque Museum were recently featured in a NYTimes.com article.