Send in the santeros
The artists and family members behind A Century of Masters: The NEA
National Heritage Fellows of New Mexico, an exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art, discuss their craft, the creative process, and tensions between innovation and tradition in their art forms at a panel discussion on Sunday, April 18.
Featured artists include Irvin L. Trujillo, a seventh-generation Río Grande weaver from Chimayó whose tapestries can create almost hallucinatory effects; Charlie Carrillo, an anthropologist and santero who playfully mixes Catholic imagery with brightly colored scenes of rural New Mexico life; and Ramón José López, a metalworker, carver, and painter who has assisted in the restoration of historic churches. Also present is Josephine Binford, daughter of Esther Martínez (aka P’oe Tsáwá or Blue Water), an Ohkay Owingeh woman who wrote the Tewa dictionary and several children’s books in Tewa.
The conversation is moderated by museum curator Nicolasa Chávez. The panel begins at 2 p.m. and takes place at the museum, 706 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill. There is no charge for admission for New Mexico residents on Sundays. For information, call 476-1200.
Dream weaver: Irvin Trujillo