Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

Empowering Women Exhibition to Travel

Museum of International Folk Art

January 01, 2012


Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities, a Museum of International Folk Art exhibition that ran from July 2010 to May 2011, will travel to various venues across the U.S.

The exhibition — which examines the international movement of women artisans who are sustaining their arts and enriching their lives by collectively producing, managing, and marketing traditional crafts — has been secheduled to appear at the Carnegie Museum of Art in late 2012, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in 2013, and the San Diego Museum of Man in 2014.

Guest curated by Dr. Suzanne Seriff of the University of Texas at Austin, Empowering Women focuses on ten cooperatives from four continents and ten countries: India, Nepal, Swaziland, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Bolivia, Lao PDR, Peru, and Morocco.

The exhibition features artists’ personal stories, photo murals of them at work in their communities, video profiles, and stunning samples of the cooperatives’ handmade traditional arts. Featured folk arts include embroidered cloths that tell stories of village life, crime, and AIDS prevention; multicolored woven sisal baskets; beaded neck collars; hand-carded and dyed wool weavings; cultivated bromeliad bags; and folk paintings of village life on handmade paper.

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