Museum of International Folk Art

Dr. Deborah Dorotinsky Addresses the History and Power of Arte Popular

September 04, 2019

Daniel Zillmann

(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – MOIFA welcomes Dr. Deborah Dorotinsky of Mexico City’s Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas to discuss popular arts as diplomatic strategies, titled, Popular Arts as national Stand-Ins: Mexico’s 1968 Cultural Olympiad on September 25, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.

The lecture focuses on the XIX Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968 and the accompanying International Exhibition of Popular Arts as part of Cultural Olympiad. The exhibition featured crafts, folk arts, and arte popular, prepared by the Olympic Organizing Committee, which drew upon strategies used by Mexican cultural agents for cultural diplomacy. However, the Tlatelolco student massacre on October 2, 1968, became the center of the conversation about civil rights and movements, overshadowing the exhibition. The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) stored the collection after it closed.

In 2016, a group of students and curators at UNAM’s graduate Art History program revived the exhibition, highlighting its history and objects that address issues within cultural diplomacy. The 2016 rendition discussed the shifting definition artisanal design, craft, folk art and arte popular.

Dr. Dorotinsky will discuss both exhibitions as well as part of her research on arte popular between 1940 and 1970 in Mexico.

Popular Arts as National Stand-Ins: Mexico’s 1968 Cultural Olympiad

Location: The Museum of International Folk Art, Vernick Auditorium

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: This event is free and open to the public

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El viaje de los objectos (2016)

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